The Right To Vote
I have to love my fellow Americans, I really do. We’re all about Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Separation of Church and State, Freedom from Taxation Without Representation and our Constitutionally given Right To Bear Arms. We’re Americans, by God, and will defend those rights online for hours at a time. My problem is that only some of those Americans understand that the most important Right we have is our Right To Vote.
There’s an entire group of Americans who call themselves Conservatives who seem to feel that Freedom of Speech means they can bully anyone who doesn’t agree with their lies. They’re Christian Warriors, fighting against any suggestion that Freedom of Religion might not mean that Christians have the Right to force others to their way of thinking. To the point where they’ve even tried to stop those of other religions from having places of worship in the Good Ole US of A where Freedom of Religion has come to mean Freedom to be a Christian. Just don’t ask them to follow in Jesus footsteps and take care of the poor and infirm. In their zeal to fight for their God Given Rights, they’ve forgotten the Words and work of the very reason Christianity exists.
They believe that more money should be spent on wars, and are willing to take away any government supported program that feeds and clothes the poor. Heaven forbid that education be made affordable for all. That takes money and Conservatives need that money for arms used to invade oil producing countries. I guess they need the gas for their Hummers.
On the other side we have those “Godless Liberals”. Those people who have obtained an education which makes them question whether or not there is a God. Scientists, educators and others for whom the Bible is a book of fables which might not represent the truth. They know the Creation Theory doesn’t fit the scientific data gathered over the decades. Since the Earth is much older than the Bible says it is, they question everything else in it.
However, these Godless people are quite willing to advocate for the poor and infirm. They want to see better education offered to our nations children and they’d like every one of us to receive the same opportunities for advancement that the Conservatives wish to withhold. They also accept the premise that “to whom much is given, much is expected”. They want to see the poor, the elderly, the infirm and our disabled veterans cared for as befits their positions as American Citizens.
My problem with the Conservatives should be pretty obvious at this point. However, I have a problem with the Liberals that far exceeds my problem with the Conservatives. No matter what label you place on those people who regularly vote for the Republican Party, they wind up controlling the narrative of American Life because they go to the polls and vote.
The Conservatives are indoctrinated towards protecting their Constitutional Rights. They know the only way to do that is to stand up and be heard in a way that leaves no room for doubt. They sit online for hours bullying people into their ideology and then they go to the polls and cast their votes. When they do that, they win.
They don’t win elections because they’re the majority. They win elections because the majority stays at home on election day. America The country created on the premise of “majority rules” is being controlled by a vocal minority who will go to the polls and check yes or no.
In 2008, 61.6% of eligible voters went to the polls. That year we elected Barack Obama to be president. At midterms, in 2010, when it was imperative that we give our president a Congress he could work with, the percentage of eligible voters that actually voted was less than 40%.
Who stayed home? African Americans, lower income Americans and young Americans. Those college aged kids that want higher education to be affordable didn’t go to the polls and insure that they had a voice in the College Loan debate. Lower income Americans who need Food Stamps and other financial assistance also didn’t go to the polls to see to it that they could be heard. African Americans for whom unemployment far outstrips the unemployment figures for their white counterparts also did not stand and be heard.
I’m sure I don’t need to go into what has happened since the 2010 election cycle. That, more than anything, should have shown what happens when people abdicate their civic duty. Unfortunately, I’m not sure it has.
Even with the evidence that Conservative states are trying to interfere with the right to vote by African Americans, the poor and the young, far too many aren’t seeing it that way. So many are still touting the Occupy Wall St movement as a success that I have to ask myself how much worse can it get before it gets better?
Staying home from the polls allowed the election of a Congress who nearly bankrupted this country. They’ve done nothing to improve the economy. They’ve passed no bills designed to improve the Welfare of The People unless you count the 1% as the only people that matter.
This Congress will go down in history as the one that wasted the taxpayers time on 33 attempts to repeal Obamacare. The one that caused the downgrade of the credit rating of the United States of America. The one that We The People voted for by staying home from the polls.