Why You Should Vote in This Political Season

Our 4th President, James Madison was insistent on reminding everyone that in the end it is the vote of people that ultimately makes law in our Democratic Republic. Your vote does count even though there are forces trying to prevent you from voting and PR campaigns to convince you not to vote.
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In the U.S. about half the people entitled to vote don’t vote. They have many reasons but it all comes down to the same type of rationalization that causes procrastination. Each person really does matter no matter how they think about their world and how it should be. It’s in the mix of conflicting views that good national policy emerges. Staying out of voting removes a large and probably deciding part of the debate, allowing minority interests to dominate the political stage without regard to what people want.
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A quick reminder serves to underscore Madison’s constant mantra. The so-called Tea Party changed the face of American politics although their initial goal, to let the banks fail, was thwarted. The Bailout, costing trillions of dollars, all went to the banks. That’s not what most people wanted.
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But because most people either don’t vote or forget about such issues when they do vote, the government was able to open the purse and extend money and policy to protect the perpetrators of the largest economic crime in human history. This left the investors and the borrowers as victims without any hope of real restitution. Without the investors and borrowers the scheme  could never have worked. And it was only by lying to both that the scheme worked. They are still lying and the people know it. And that is one reason why people are still angry.
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The good news is that public anger about that bank bailout is about the same as it was when it happened. And THAT is what is driving much of American politics because the reaction to the continuing cozy relationship between bankers and government is to elect those who will disrupt Washington and State capitals. With anger comes the use of tools that might otherwise be considered inappropriate. So we elect people who are like grenades to be thrown into the political mix.
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The anger remains and is constantly driving people from all political spectrums into thinking and doing things. Eventually their goal will be realized because the anger remains in the American people. If you put labels aside and bring people together there is a remarkable degree of agreement between them even though they consider themselves to be “opposite” the person who is espousing basically the same view.
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The establishment politicians essentially use the labels to cloud our vision so that we don’t see what we have in common. The polls all indicate that regardless of what label is applied, most people are in agreement on most aspects of government. It’s the politicians who raise disagreements and create fake issues.
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The disrupters from left side of political spectrum staged a virtual coup in 2018 again changing the face and content of American politics. They were successful because the anger remains and the public’s willingness to endure power battles in Washington is basically over. The public has endured income and wealth inequality and welfare for corporations long enough.
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If you look at just those two examples, you can see that the people have more in common than  what any political pundit or candidate wants us to think. The people have decided on what they want in policy regarding banking and lending, energy and climate change, healthcare and education. The people don’t want to be used as ignorant pawns by those whose only ambition is power. And the labels don’t matter. The voters matter.
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For those who see the past few years as something horrible because they disagree with Trumpian politics think again. Without Trump there would still be only dim awareness of the processes of government. We had the ultimate civics lesson. And before anyone succumbs to the elitist notion that Trump supporters are ignorant people who can’t think, think again. Trump supporters include doctors and lawyers, accountants and engineers etc.
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Trump succeeded because he promised and delivered disruption. That is what most people wanted. It’s worthwhile to point out that many voters in 2016 were ambivalent when it came to a choice between Trump and Bernie Sanders. The signature attribute of both of them was the promise of disruptions of the status quo in Washington.
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So think about your role in our democracy, recognizing yourself as the ultimate arbiter of government and policy. And then vote. I don’t care about whether you vote the same way I vote. I want you to vote because ultimately, if the people vote, things change for the better.
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Ignore the labels: That is what politicians use to divide us and scare us into voting for them. “Capitalist” isn’t good if it is being used to take away healthcare. “Socialist” isn’t bad if the politician is trying to increase your safety net without undermining a competitive economy. When you hear labels you should become immediately suspicious of the politician using them.
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Don’t be scared into not voting or voting for some guy who is promising protection from something you may actually want. If you don’t like the size of the safety net then vote for someone who promises a safety net that is smaller or larger. If you think that health care could be better vote then vote for someone who promises to lead and vote for a plan than is clearly better — not someone who rails against the system and scares you into thinking that the “other side” is going to destroy your life.
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Decide on whether you want further disruption or a calmer more incremental approach to evolving policy. That’s your decision and whatever you decide is right.

4 Responses

  1. President Trump lied and let the Wall Street swamp take over the courts and Washington. If you value your children’s futures we need massive change. Follow the toxic money.

  2. If voting mattered. They wouldn’t let you do it.

  3. I think we will be seeing the rule of law being re-implemented very soon in D.C. ,,, the obstructions to justice have been removed. President Trump is making strides replacing judges at all levels that actually believe in the Constitution and respect the boundaries of their position. One major victory will be restricting these local and regional wannabe potentate renegade judges that want to apply their thoughts and feelings (not laws) to affect the entire country… It’s coming.

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