Voter Apathy or Life on the Sidelines
The mid-term elections happen today and the 24-hour news pundits have been predicting doom and gloom for the Democratically controlled legislative branch of our government. It was attributed to an angry Republican/Independent/Tea Party movement and an apathetic Democratic party. Both of these points make me livid.
First, is the idea that there is a collective anger, spread out over America that is coming to a head on November 2nd. That the poor and the increasingly down-ward middle class and the under-insured and the disenfranchised minorities are only expressing their anger on election day is missing the point.
The anger is there. It’s always there when corporations have politicians in their back-pockets and tirelessly work to create an environment that gives the rich more and takes more from the poor. Perhaps the anger has grown louder and more constant of late. Much of that is because times are worse than most of us can remember.
Who are you angry with? The Democratic Party? You’re unhappy about health-care reform even though Obama/Democrats ran on health-care reform and more than 10% of the population is currently not insured. That includes children.
The Republicans continue to press for privatizing of Social Security. Do you remember how the stock market nearly disintegrated? Then there is bashing of failure in Afghanistan. Obama inherited a war that mismanaged for seven years by Republicans before he took office.
Have the Democrats been brilliant in their handling of things? No, but it’s too easy to throw them under a bus when you recall the Republicans senators attempting to filibuster anything of real substance.
The anger is real. The Democrats are only guilty of not reminding everyone that the Republicans are lying when they paint the Democrats as the source of all your ills.Continued on the next page