A do-nothing congress is only a reflection of a do-nothing electorate.
I have often expressed my belief that conservatives have conserved nothing and liberals have liberated nobody. One thing my readers agree upon is that there has been an absence of fairness and equal protection in all three branches of government. There is a reason for that, and, at the risk of alienating some readers, I blame non-voters.
Actual participation in the democratic process is dropping as a percentage of those who are entitled to vote. With that kind of apathy, where less than 50% often decide the outcome of an election or referendum, there is very little risk to an incumbent or candidate to do nothing for the ordinary citizen. Yet we are the boss. We need to make it very risky for those in office to ignore the real issues and fatal to their ambitions to try manipulating us with sound bites. An absentee boss gets no respect. A boss who is presenting views with the hammer of voting and always present in the background makes it risky for politicians to lie to them.
The only way that can happen is if you take the trouble to go and vote. It is the only time you have a voice in the way our society is operated. If you don’t vote, you will be stuck with those things that you find disappointing, perplexing, or vexing. If you do vote, you increase the stakes for any candidate — especially if you have not been voting or didn’t intend to vote today.
I believe that it is in my interest to have you vote even if we completely disagree on policy or programs or politics. I believe that because if you do it and everyone else does it, we will have reinstated the voter as the real party in interest. I believe that if candidates are forced to deal with real issues, even if they are highly complex, they will be forced to show they can master those issues or demonstrate that the issues are beyond their competence.
So forget political pundits, party labels or anything else that is leaving you apathetic. Vote, based upon the best knowledge you have of the candidates and the best of your values. JUST VOTE!
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