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 thinks gay marriage, abortion and marijuana should be legal.
A majority supports more gun control.
A majority wants to raise taxes on the wealthy and do not believe that “corporations are people.”
A majority want to raise the minimum wage and do something about campaign finance reform. (And a majority support amending the Constitution to overturn the Citizen’s United case).
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.