I get the emotion of the almost daily losses from the trump win. We need to vent or even take a break from it from time to time. However, for those who claim they are done with voting or done with the Dem party, look inward and ask yourself if it is an act of cowardice. Is that what you want to tell your grandchildren when they ask what went wrong – that you gave up?
Near 50% of people didn’t vote in an election decided by less than a tenth of a percent from key states, putting 60 years of hard-won social progress at risk. THEY who sat it out and didn’t vote are to blame. Not Republicans, and certainly not anyone who voted for Hillary. They gave up a right so many had sacrificed so much for.
Women who were at one time admonished, beaten by their husbands, and jailed in an effort to get the vote. THEY sacrificed. African Americans who were threatened, beaten and killed for that same right – THEY sacrificed. And after getting that right were threatened and beaten for decades for just showing up to vote. So many of them were still on the losing side for decades after they earned the right. Then in WW2 all races, all faiths had to defend our imperfect democracy even when it didn’t represent them fully.
All we now have to do is sacrifice some political purity and an hour every couple years to enjoy that right to vote. And then not to waste it, as too many did this last election, on “sending a message”. We are way beyond having the luxury of election cycles. If nothing else, the declining health of this planet won’t wait for us to get it perfect.
Fatigue makes cowards of us all. So rest if you must and get back in the damn game when called. And go get one other person who didn’t vote to get off their lazy asses or ill-conceived rationalizations to vote next year. If we don’t take back one of the Houses, democracy is done – and all those sacrifices will vanish while the winners rewrite history for an Orwellian school system.
Think about what you will tell your children or grandchildren about twenty years from now if we give up from battle fatigue when the going got tough. I hope to tell them that at our darkest hour, we fought back and saved the country and maybe the planet with it.