This Is Not Complicated

So today, the Republicans garnered just enough votes to begin killing health care for most Americans.  Untold suffering, and death, will result.  We still need to keep calling, demonstrating, writing, etc.

But we could have avoided all of this if more of us had simply voted in midterm elections.  Those are the elections where we elect many of our members of Congress and Senators.  Those are also the elections where we elect county commissioners, members of our boards of education, secretaries of state (who decide how votes get counted), state legislators, etc.  You know, the people who then go on to run for Congress, Senate, President.  I’ve delivered this rant before, here, at conferences, and in my column at Witches & Pagans .  I believe that most of the people kind enough to follow my blog already grok this.  But many Pagans and many liberals don’t bother to show up and vote in the midterms.

The tragedy of a Trump presidency could have been lessened significantly if more of us had shown up to vote in state elections  just before and after the 2010 census, — the election that determined which party would control redistricting based on the census.  Democrats would certainly control Congress and might even control the Senate if more people had shown up to vote in that election.  Trump would be a wounded and weakened animal, caged in by at least a house majority.  And Republican members of Congress and the Senate would have to worry about angering their more moderate constituents; they couldn’t go along with anything too Trumpian.

So, we are now about 15 months away from the 2018 midterm elections.  And what we need to do is not complicated:  we need to show up and vote for the Democrats in the midterm elections.  You can do whatever you like in the primary, but in the midterm election, you need to show up and vote for the Democrats.

Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.  Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats. Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.  Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.  Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats. Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.  Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.  Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats. Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.  Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.  Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats. Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.  Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.  Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats. Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.  Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.  Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats. Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.  Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.  Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats. Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.  Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.  Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats. Show up for the midterm elections and vote for the Democrats.

Really.  It’s that simple.  And drag your friends and family members with you.

There’s another census in 2020.  I am just saying.

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5 responses to “This Is Not Complicated

  1. Wisconsin’s worst governor ever, Scott Walker was elected in 2010 and decertified the teacher’s unions. I learned from a teacher/neighbor that only about 40% of teacher’s union members had voted in that election. Show up for midterm elections and vote Democrat.

    • This is exactly what I am taking about. Show up and vote Democratic.

    • Then there’s Maine, where moderates, liberals, and progressives couldn’t get their act together and they wound up with Paul LePage — twice. I read a poll the other day that suggested that about 65% of Republican voters were planning to vote in the 2018 midterms but only 57% of Democratic voters. Let’s stop worrying so much about what makes Trump voters tick and spend some time getting our own side ticking a little louder.

  2. We voted in the local election for Mayor! First time around – we voted for our Democratic candidate (the owner of a local pet store) – and due to a “special run off” election between two Republican candidates – we researched each one carefully and voted again! Less than 8,000 folks voted here …..

  3. *sigh* I live in a rural county where often there are NO Democrats to vote for. I show up and vote every election, every primary, every time, but – alas – often I’m stuck with a Republican or a blank spot. More Democrats need to run in rural areas too!

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