Republicans spend an inordinate amount of time and money trying to take away your most basic right in a democracy: The right to vote.
They use illegal voter purges. They make registration extremely difficult if not impossible. They move voting precincts around randomly. They block efforts to allow for early voting or mail-in ballots. They try their best to make people ineligible. And, of course, they use gerrymandering and the electoral college.
And you know why. Because they know there are more of us than there are of them, and when we vote in equal numbers, we win.
So the only way they can keep power is to cheat — to do everything they can to keep us from using the power we have.
Don’t let them.
Another mass shooting in the only country in the world that won’t do a thing to stop them.
“I know!” Republicans say. “Let’s do nothing! That should solve the problem!”
The vast majority of Americans support reasonable gun control such as stricter background checks. Even the majority of NRA members.
The NRA, however, is no longer a group of hunters but instead is the lobbying arm of the gun industry which funds most of its activities. The NRA acts in opposition to the desires of a majority of its members.
That’s the real enemy: The people who profit from the deaths and the politicians who care more about money than lives.
If we did nothing to protect ourselves against Islamic terrorists, people would scream that it would then be our fault for not defending ourselves properly.
These exact same people who scream about Islamic terrorism are not only doing nothing to prevent more gun deaths like this, but are actively working to make these deaths even easier, by getting rid of reasonable laws to prevent the mentally ill from getting guns (while at the same time eliminating funding for treating those mentally ill).
If this had only happened in a church, where the prayers would be so much more powerful and … Oh, wait
Well, if this had only happened in one of those states where everyone can open carry, because then a good guy with a gun would have stopped the … Oh, wait
While the United States currently appears to be a right-wing oligarchy, keep in mind that our government has been taken over by people who do not represent us and do not care about us.
We are the majority.
In six of the last seven Presidential elections, a majority of Americans voted for the Democrat.
A majority of Americans support Obamacare. (This is especially true if you call it “the Affordable Care Act.”)
A majority supports more gun control.
And, of course, a large majority are against Donald Trump, by one of the largest margins in American history. He hasn’t even finished a year and he has become the most unpopular President since they started polling people.
That’s why I have been complaining here about wimpy Democrats who refuse to discuss these issues. They’re winning issues! They are “mainstream America.”
As our country becomes a plutocracy, it’s even more important that Democrats take a page from Teddy Roosevelt and come out swinging against the monopolies, corporations, and billionaires who have ruined our country in the same way they did during Roosevelt’s time. (Before you point out that Teddy Roosevelt was a Republican, please learn some history. The Republican party was the liberal party back then — the party of Lincoln.)
So why do we lose? Gerrymandering, voter suppression, the electoral college, and Citizen’s United all play a part. Republicans appointing judges who stay in office forever and who rule against us also contributes.
But it’s also our fault. We don’t vote like they do.
When we do come out and vote (like we did when Obama was on the ballot) we easily win, and we win the lower races, too, where it’s needed. (A President can’t do everything by himself — we need Democrats in all levels of our government.)
So this Tuesday, you’d better not be sitting at home. You need to go out and vote. I don’t care if it’s just for dog catcher, you need to send a message. You need to fill our government with people who do not support this current regime, who will help our causes at all levels.
And if you don’t vote, then you’d better not be complaining.