I Am Suspending My Campaign..

2016-01-04_10-23-32.pngI would really like to hear the words in the title of this post much more in the near future, at least from the wingnuts who have current control of the GOP. But in reality the title means that I will not be posting anymore about those yahoos until at least some of us have the opportunity to vote for or against them.

It seems fruitless to worry about these guys grabbing control of our country and then driving it into the dust.  I wish we had saner and wiser choices for the November presidential election but that just doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

We have survived some pretty big imbeciles in the Oval Office in my lifetime and I guess we can do the same but it sure would be nice to be able to vote “for” someone for a change.

Nowadays Representatives Pick Their Voters..

It used to be that the voters would pick their representatives; but nowadays the representatives pick their voters. As we saw in Florida, some districts are drawn with purely partisan motivations so that if a candidate wins the primary they essentially win the seat. Florida is not an isolated case and there are districts around the country that are so irrationally drawn (just look at this image of IL-4) that it would be comical if it didn’t have such dire consequences….

The common thread among all of these obstacles is that they were enacted by the major parties to keep themselves in power and maintain the status quo. The truth is, none of this will change until we rise up and show the powers that be that we are sick of the partisan games and we demand leaders that work outside the wishes of the party bosses. You can help build this movement by sharing this information with your network and encouraging your friends to become members. Together we can bring some sanity back to Washington.

Source: 3 Ways The Parties Have Diminished Your Power at the Ballot Box – IVN.us

I long ago said “enough is enough”. When are we going to take back our government  from the major political parties of today? Gerrymandering is one of those things that should never have been able to happen in the first place. Its sole purpose it to insure that one political party has dominance over another. It strikes against everything that our representative democracy stands for. But how do we affect the change necessary to prevent absurd things like gerrymandering from happening?

We used to turn to the Supreme Court to remedy these types of issues but since that court has for the last couple of decades now been as partisan as our political parties that seems to be no longer a viable solution.  Where do we turn. The only answer is to drive those responsible for such practices out of politics. What will that take?

I can see on the horizon the time when we so-called “independents” take control for our electoral processes. Where being a member of a political party is a hindrance rather than a necessity as it has been up till now.  When our country was formed two centuries ago the idea of opposing political parties was not even considered.  The founders saw the people voting for the common good rather than partisan ideology. Yeah, I admit that the political parties came into being pretty quickly to stain the institution.

Independents as shown in the graph below now make up about 42%of the total voters in this country and are on a pretty steep rising slope.  The GOP is dropping like a rock while Democrat are doing no better than hanging on to their numbers. Will there come a day when political parties are seen as “old school”? I certainly hope so.  We need to get back to the idea, if we ever had it in the first place, that we should do what is good for the country not what is good for a political party.

I am a dreamer aren’t I????

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The Right To Vote…

Omaha,NV – Native Americans

The right to vote is the very bedrock of what it means to be American. One-person-One-vote balances the playing field (or at least it could) for representation in our government process. It is amazing to see how eventually all of us obtained the right to vote. For native-Americans and Women it didn’t come until a century ago.  There are effort underway by one of our political parties to restrict the vote. For the sake of our democracy I hope it is eventually beaten back.

VOTE….

Duct taped mouthToday is election day in the U.S. If you want to see change in our totally gridlocked government this is the way it happens. We can change over two-thirds of our federal government representatives today if we want. But that can’t happen as long as so many ignore their responsibilities in how our nation is governed.

Anyone who doesn’t vote today should have their mouth duct taped. If you don’t exercise your critical right to vote then you should give up your other critical right to complain about how our government that you didn’t vote for or against is doing.

VOTE…..

The case for voting even if America is a corrupt plutocracy rigged by the rich…

2014-10-24_07-43-33With the approach of the 2014 midterms, perhaps the least consequential American election season in a generation, it’s worth asking a perennial question: should you even bother to vote? Many people have basically given up on the democratic project, arguing that the American system is completely rigged by the rich and that nobody on the ballot truly represents their interests…. Still, we know for a fact that low-turnout elections dominated by the enraged white paranoiacs of the Fox News set will keep power in the hands of the rich. If America had a turnout rate of 100 percent, our political situation would look very different than it does now…. Republican attempts across the country to disenfranchise voters and suppress Democratic efforts to register and organize black and brown voters. The fact that the party of organized money thinks the right to vote is worth taking away says that it must be worth quite a lot. SOURCE:  The case for voting even if America is a corrupt plutocracy rigged by the rich – The Week.

I wanted you to notice this message so I gave you an extra large image to go along with it.  The reason that America might have a corrupt plutocracy rigged by the rich is because too many of us don’t take our right to vote seriously enough. This fact is not lost on the Republican party. They are doing everything they can to stifle the vote, especially those who will probably be voting against them!

As the quote above says if America had a turnout rate of 100 percent our political situation would look very very different. Sadly at least half of us seem to only want to shout very loudly about how corrupt and rigged things are but they are not willing to take a half-hour of their time every couple of years to actually do anything about it. If only their actions matched their words…

Primary Election Day…

2014-05-01_08-26-30Today is the primary election day in my State. I write my posts usually well in advance of them being published but I can assuredly say that I have voted already. Those of you who know me at all know that I am a self-proclaimed “bleeding heart liberal”. I am a big believer in social and economic justice issues. They are a very strong part of how I vote in each election.

Having said this it seems obvious that I generally vote the Democratic ticket in most elections so how come I voted in the Republican primary today instead of the Democrat?? I believe I can give you a very nuanced answer to that question. First of all I am in a State that allows you to declare your party at the polls. Sometimes I vote Democrat sometimes Republican but it seems for the last several years it is Republican. The primary reason for that is to try to eliminate the extreme candidates as early on in the election process as possible so that I might have a “real” choice come the November general election.

Maybe I shouldn’t be letting this secret out. Indiana is a very red State and one that has been doing everything legally possible lately to restrict the vote.  My mother, rest her soul, was not able to vote in the her last election because she did not have a valid driver’s license. I’m sure I am not the only one with this primary election strategy and if my Republican friends find out how I help them get rid of the wing nuts in their party they will likely try to prevent me from doing that in the future.

I don’t know if the State Senator candidate who has been sending me the weekly mailings of how he will do everything he can to eliminate Obamacare and protect my gun rights at any cost realize that I now know to vote for his opponent, whoever he is. I can pretty safely use the pronoun “he” as there are not many women at any level in the GOP in my State.

I can also rest assured that I was able to get in and out of the poll place pretty quickly since, as usual,  on one in five or so will join me at the polls today. If only people realized the power that they hold over their daily lives with their vote!