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George Caleb Bingham created this positive portrayal of a candidate canvassing in the United States in 1852. (Link) ©2017 Wikipedia
The Other Half of Political Revolution
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.
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.
Claude Morton, Column Editor: Claude Morton is an independent contributor, who mostly writes articles on politics, Veganism, philosophy, or local events. Claude has contributed to a variety of print and online outlets including Yahoo!, MovieMaker Magazine, and the Ann Arbor News. From Claude; I’m in the 1%, no, not that 1%. I’m a vegan, indie filmmaker, libertarian socialist, and a pacifist. I champion freedom as much as equality, and love discussing solutions about our country’s biggest dilemmas. ... (more...)