It always comes down to whether decisions will be made by “our leaders” or by us. So much of American history has been the fight for the average person to get rights from those in power. The right to vote, the right not to be discriminated against, the right to a decent wage … It’s always a struggle between those who have power and those who fight against them.
That’s why voting is so damn important; it’s the best tool we have to keep them in line. And it explains why they are always trying to limit it — from poll taxes to voter ID laws to fighting against early voting and otherwise just making it as damn difficult as possible for you and I to exercise the most basic right in a democracy.
As I used to tell my students back in the days when I taught Constitutional Law: All politics is about getting power and then writing the rules to make sure you keep that power.
But the power really is with us. The problem is: We’re too lazy to use it.
If we don’t take the simplest and easiest path to hold these people back by voting, then we get the government we deserve.