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Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States. At the beginning of the American Revolution, he served in the Continental Congress, representing Virginia and then served as a wartime Governor of Virginia. | Photo: Rembrandt Peale | Thomas Jefferson, President, Declaration Of Independence, Congress,

The Other Half of Political Revolution

Many would-be-detractors of progress, equality, liberty, justice and democracy like to contend that certain populist Presidential candidates (e.g. Bernie Sanders), will never really accomplish anything alone, since one-person cannot make change without Congress. And, of course, they are correct most times (excluding Executive Orders). But, what they seem to completely miss is that whenever a maverick is looking to change the system from within, a system we can mostly agree is not producing efficient results that consistently serve the public good; that maverick will only be as successful as the voters backing said maverick get involved with the process themselves, and demand that the government starts protecting the general welfare of our citizens, and not those of special/corporate interests.

According to Pew Polls, even with all the failings of polling, there is a super-majority of United States citizens that can agree on a few things, one of those things is that Congress mostly sucks. Not only do the semi-chosen / corporate or special interest backed candidates have low-approval-ratings, regurgitate non-factual industry talking points as facts, and capitulate to transnational interests; the laws and regulations they pass, if even understood by the public, or made aware to the public, would not carry democratic justification by the public if they had the ability to reverse such laws and regulations once enacted.

We don’t collectively have that power, a power that already exists for citizens in other countries, but not here in America, and it is because we haven’t come together to show we deserve it. By that, I mean we don’t take it upon ourselves to demand democratic recourse to avoid the tyranny of the opulent minority. During the last midterm elections, 13 states experienced a less than 35% voter turnout rate, our primaries and caucuses will see even lower numbers, I can’t think of no bigger failure in this society, or for the educational institutions who have taught our voters apathy, surrender, capitulation and servitude - instead of solidarity, liberty, and participation.

Donald Trump Superfan
Donald Trump Superfan

Robin Roy is one very eager supporter of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Wearing a t-shirt reading "Obama, Youre Fired. Vote Trump 2016", she had waited along the rope-line for a chance to meet Trump in person at a campaign rally in Massachusetts. - Brian Snyder | Photo: Brian Snyder | Donald Trump, Campaign, Brian Snyder, Fan, Crazy, Face,

With the results of Nevada and South Carolina just around the corner, this would be a great time to get folks to the polls in time for the remaining primaries, please visit this link if you are unsure about your state’s deadlines and voting date.

Without participating, we undermine our own collective voice, and the results are evident all around us, endless wars; massive inequalities of wealth and opportunities; rampant abuses of political, financial, and state power, benefiting the few; a poisoned environment; far-reaching injustices within our criminal justice system halting and/or regressing progress on race and gender relations, etc…

If we aren’t going to participate in an informed way, we will never achieve those things we collectively agree upon.

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