America tipped back from the brink last Tuesday and it’s due to young people, particularly young women, voting. In Dobbs, Alito chuckled that “Women are not without electoral or political power.” Damn straight, you asshole.
He just didn’t think we’d use it. And he had some reason to think so. Young people, particularly young women, are inconsistent voters, at best. Sometimes, they get enthusiastic about a politician — think Barack Obama — and show up, but too often they don’t. That’s been especially true for midterm elections, which tend to get less hoopla than presidential elections. It’s been especially, especially true for what are known as “down ballot” races — county commissioner, school board, secretary of state. But not this time. This time, you showed up. (One example, women under 25 voted in the Kansas referendum in August in higher numbers than ALL MEN in the state of Kansas.)
Now, here’s the challenge. Do it again. And again. And again. Do it every time, for every race. If it comes down to a choice between two candidates who seem equally matched, pick the woman, the LGBTQ person, the minority candidate, the candidate with a disability. Look at the current board and decide which voice is missing. But vote every time. Because when you do, you’ve got the power.
As Shelley wrote:
"Rise like Lions after slumber In unvanquishable number— Shake your chains to earth like dew Which in sleep had fallen on you— Ye are many—they are few."