I have worked in politics for many years. I used to say, “Please vote, I don’t care who you vote for, but please just vote.”
This year is a lot different, they advocate policies that could kill my children.
I do want you to just vote but I can’t say I don’t care any more who you vote for. I have three kids, one who is gay, one who is bisexual and one who is straight. Legislation in this country is repeatedly being brought up or challenged based on the Right and their anti-equality agenda. The VP on the Republican ticket literally advocates for conversion therapy.
NOT ON MY WATCH.
There is no way it would be responsible of me to sit back, say nothing, pretend I don’t care. While I have engaged in a great number of Twitter debates, I have only lurked on DailyKos this cycle because there is only so much hate one person can take. The amount of Bernie Bros I have had to block calling me an “insider” and “see you next Tuesday” is astonishing.
We do NOT have proportional representation in our legislative body.
You can complain about it. You can throw your vote to someone who will never get a chance out of principle. WHATEVER. But there are a number of organizations and lobby groups that could use your new-found enthusiasm to shake things up. All you do here is to ensure that you don’t get a seat at the table. Do you really think that Republicans are going to meet with you over your pet project? They don’t give a SHIT about your project and they WILL look up your voting record before you come to your appointment. (You know that’s public record, right?)
There is a formula for all things, legislative concern is no different.
It’s been a while since I have been to DC, asking questions and knocking on doors. One thing that was very clear before is that there is power in numbers. I was told once by an aid that they don’t really pay attention to an issue until they exceed 100-150 inquiries to their office from their constituents. You feel passionate about a bill coming up regarding shoreline issues in California? Then get California people to get on the phone, send emails, ask their representative to see your side of said issue. THEN, when you request an appointment to discuss your organization, they are going to pay closer attention to what you say because their constituents care.
It’s not perfect government, but it’s what we have.
You can be pissed off but the reality is you need Democrats to push progressive bills through. You will rarely find a Republican sign on to bills deemed “controversial.” The content of the bill will change more than once in committee and some items removed to appease centrist Republicans. Does that piss you off? FINE. However, this is the system of government we were given. Be realistic. This is not a dictatorship. Checks and balances exist so no one person can run over everyone. How did GWB get away with everything he did? Because too many progressive people didn’t vote. We outnumber them. Start showing up. If we have “the greatest nation in the world” we should be over a 70% of registered voters showing up to cast a ballot.
You are handing extremists the ability to take over and dismantle Obama’s legacy.
We have all seen the pictures. The comparisons to a certain period of time in Europe are not just coincidence. The KKK has endorsed THAT guy. Your vote for your “principles” is a vote to allow them to take away protections for my children that should be automatic.
Please VOTE. Please. Please.