If we don’t vote, we’ll get HIM again

I know thirteen months seems like a long time, but … November 3rd 2020, election day in the U.S., will be here before you know it. It is not too soon to start thinking about some things. Oh sure, most who are reading this know that they will vote for the democratic nominee, no matter who it is. But what about those who won’t likely vote? Just this morning I saw a tweet that said if Biden is the nominee, she won’t vote. What, if anything, can we do to motivate and encourage everyone to vote? Our friend Jeff over at On the Fence Voters has written a thoughtful and thought-provoking post about this and I encourage you to read it, think about it. We’ll chat more soon, for I have some ideas. Thank you, Jeff!

On The Fence Voters

I can’t remember a time where the news cycle is so fluid that you can’t even keep up with it. The media is undoubtedly earning their stripes in the era of Trump. When one scandal erupts over here, another one erupts over there. I go on Twitter for 10 minutes, and multiple stories are breaking all at once.

Is this what we signed up for? Sadly, yes, it is. According to Pew Research, Americans are one of the least active voting populations among developed countries, ranking 26 out of 32 countries in voter turnout. Belgium, for example, saw over 87 percent of voters turn out it 2014. Compare that to the approximately 56 percent who turned out in the 2016 American election, and it’s tough not to conclude that there’s a sizable portion of our population who are not engaged in our democracy.

And in 2016, that disengagement hurt…

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22 thoughts on “If we don’t vote, we’ll get HIM again

  1. Thank you for sharing!!.. Well (trying to keep this 40 words or less) from where I stand the only difference between the DNC, RNC and a percentage of independents is their ideology.. at this time they are, using diplomacy, “set in their ways” and their ideologies are guided by two things, religion and technology, both of which are closed minded…

    In spite of all the grand speeches made by the so called leadership of this country, nothing changes, it is the same o, same o…. The government does not work for the common good of everyone and is in a constant state of disarray and argument instead of working together.. I believe it was John Kennedy that said “ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”..he said country and that means everyone..

    That being said, there are many in this country, and the world, with a dream and wonderful technology and vote for someone who promises them heaven on earth only to be disillusioned by the do nothing leadership..it is easy to see why they would have an attitude about voting like David Love has about Facebook “I was going to post something on Facebook until I asked myself why.” (David E. Love)…

    “The thinking that got us to where we are is not the thinking that will get us to where we want to be”.. Albert Einstein

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    • Much of what you say is true, and I cannot argue it. I would add, however, that we have unleashed a force of evil in the ‘man’ in the Oval Office that goes beyond what we have seen in the 230 years this nation has been in existence. I have to say that those who think voting is a waste of their time, that have a “who bother” attitude, are as much responsible for what happens going forward as any. The vote is the one … the ONLY … chance we have to make our voices heard. To throw that away … is, in my book, unconscionable. Sigh. We all have choices. We all have a voice. As the saying goes, “Use it or lose it”.

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      • I do agree… Trump is the “head of the snake” and there are means in the system to deal with that, BUT one still has the body to deal with and the body will simply get a new “head”.. one must not only have their voice heard by voting, but also make ones voice known using media,etc and to attempt to work with the “body” to seek common ground… 🙂

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        • Hmmm … methinks you are very right about that. But, how does one work with the ‘body’, how does one seek common ground, when the body has only vague talking points and will listen to no other point of view. Even when presented facts and evidence, the body continues to praise the head. I’ve tried so many times, but end up stepping away in frustration when they call me every name in their book from ‘moron’ to ‘liberal b*tch’ to socialist. That last I don’t mind, for more and more these days I lean toward democratic socialism, but being called a moron and told I am too stupid to understand is … pointless. It’s a conversation ender.

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          • They, like a bully, rely on the name calling, ranting, etc to quiet any with opposing views “Never be bullied into silence, never allow yourself to be made a victim, accept no one’s definition of your life, define yourself”… (Robert Frost)… the best way to deal with a bully is show your strength and that you will not be intimidated… do not allow them to silence your voice.. 🙂

            “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent, never give it. “ Eleanor Roosevelt

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              • I agree… I do not know how much time I have in this mortal world so I will not waste it trying to talk to someone who will not listen… 🙂

                Until we meet again…
                May the sun shine all day long
                Everything go right, nothing go wrong
                May those you love bring love back to you
                May all the wishes you wish come true
                May peace be within you
                May your heart be strong
                May you find whatever you’re seeking
                Wherever you may roam
                (Irish Saying)

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      • The first one is the important adage. Vital for liberals of all stripes in the months ahead.
        (Remember what happens when all those ‘snowflakes’ start to appear- blizzard! ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️…….yea SNOWFLAKES ✊✊✊✊✊✊✊✊✊✊!
        (Trouble for folks who try and use the second is this; they lose track of who is against them, and the little blighters go off in all directions! And pop up where you least expect them! 😃)

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  2. Hello Jill. We have to be careful when reading tweets, FaceBook pages, and blog comments. I have seen a marked uptick in bots and agitators trying to split the Democrats / the left into camps and groups. I have read them pushing debunked lies and distortions of facts that cause people to turn on one another. Many try to get one group to attack the other, and want the candidates to attack each other viciously. I have gotten to where I take most of these comments with a healthy disbelief, unless I can see some proof that there is a real disgruntled person behind them. Hugs

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  3. Just this morning I saw a tweet that said if Biden is the nominee, she won’t vote. What, if anything, can we do to motivate and encourage everyone to vote?

    How about demanding that the Democratic Party leadership stop demonizing its progressive base and stop playing favorites in its presidential debates and primaries?

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    • Hear Hear!!!!!! The DNC should really stop pushing their centrist corporate sponsored puppets, and let the ppl’s choice be counted. Last year they pulled this superdelegate BS to railroad Bernie. This year it’s arbitrary polling and fund-raising thresholds that presidential candidates must meet in order to qualify for the party’s primary debates. I hear there’s shady dealings behind the scenes to push Biden and Kamala Harris to the forefront.
      Lest we forget one of the reasons Trump won was b/c disillusioned voters dropped out due to DNC rigging the primaries for Hillary, like Donna Brazile leaking CNN debate questions in advance. I personally know many liberals who voted for Trump out of spite! Really hope the DNC learned it’s lesson this time around and play fair for all our sakes.

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