Vote

Eagle

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:

Vote

(Another week to go.  I will post again ;) )

19 thoughts on “Vote

  1. dawnkinster

    I can’t wait for Nov 6….both to just get the advertisements off the TV, and because I’m oh so hoping that things begin to change with this vote. I’ll be at the polls early that Tuesday and then I’ll be working for my candidate for the rest of the day. Wish us luck.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do hope enough people get out so we can make a difference and see some change. Good luck to your candidate! And, taking a longer viewpoint, to your cause.

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  2. House of Heart

    Freedom is only good if it includes everyone. The head of elections in Ga. is running for Governor of the state and is doing his best to block the vote for minorities there. The Russian’s hacked our election and as a result we may well have an illegitimate pres. in the white house right now and yet two years have passed with no little to no action taken on that issue. I am counting on our young people coming of voting age to feel an outrage that we cannot address the NRA because our politicians on the right are in their pocket while they are not even safe in their classrooms. We have to resist the nationalists, the hatred, the racism, the bigotry. We can’t allow our vote to be manipulated or stifled.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I agree with 100% on every issue you brought up. I was attempting to make a nonpartisan post, but those very things are the reason for the post. I do hate that people are trying to stifle our vote, or at least the vote of minorities and poorer people. I think we need to put a lot more resources into the problems of voter interference and foreign influence. But from a single person’s point of view, the least I can do is vote and encourage everyone I know to vote, particularly young people. Perhaps we can get some people into office who will try to do something about some of these things.

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    2. Ing

      re: the NRA, I want to point out that it’s not some monolithic, malevolent entity. It’s so powerful politically because it’s composed of several million individual members WHO VOTE. (I happen to be one of them.)

      So although we’re likely to be voting for different things, I can agree with you on voting itself. The only legitimacy government has is granted to it by the people; if the government stifles or manipulates the vote, it delegitimizes itself. And if only a small percentage of people vote, then a small number of people set the direction for everyone else.

      Whether you’re not happy with the direction of the government, or whether you are and want to keep it that way, the prescription is the same: VOTE.

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      1. trentpmcd Post author

        I agree that though we may disagree on some issues, we do agree on the importance of this “sacred duty”, voting. As you said, the more people who vote, the more legitimate our government.

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  3. Joanne Sisco

    Sadly Trent, we see the same thing here – people don’t vote.

    Democracy is NOT free. We all have the responsibility and obligation to be informed and active in the choice of our government leaders at all levels. Too many people simply don’t care enough to do more than complain that “someone” should do “something” about any number of problems. It makes me crazy.

    {Breathe, Joanne, breathe}.

    Ok, I’m off my soap box too.

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