A lot of Americans talk about how great we are. Sure, I get it. If you push you may come up with a few answers as to why people think this is so. “Freedom” always come up to the top. Another one is our Constitution and our Democracy. Well, if you are talking national level and state level, we are technically a Republic, but we all do get to vote for those who represent us in our Government.
The problem is, we don’t.
Truth is, Americans don’t vote. There may be relatively big numbers (lower than many countries) for the presidential elections, but the numbers shrink going to midterm elections, shrink again for off year and shrink even farther for non-presidential primaries. Because of gerrymandering and the makeup of most primary voters, something like 5% of our country dictates what our Congress and most state legislators look like. 5%. Not just 5%, but often the most extreme 5%. That extreme 5% is who is in our Congress. No wonder the divide is so huge!
Our biggest Freedom is the right to chose our leaders. This is huge. This is what we brag about, fairly or unfairly. This is it. Nothing is bigger. Nothing. When you say “I love America”, this is what you really mean. Not one other thing matters without a vote. Not one. Nothing.
And so few people take advantage of it, particularly where it counts, the primaries, elections where your vote counts much, much more than the presidential elections.
I know, it isn’t primary season. But it is election season. An important election. Yes, the “midterm”. But it is important for everyone to get involved.
OK, off of my soap box. But as I am stepping down, I will repeat one more time:
(Another week to go. I will post again ;) )