The year is 2020. Ten days into the new year, and so much has already happened that we cannot keep up. The world is teetering on the brink, and all thanks to one ‘man’: Donald Trump. Yes, that Donald Trump, the ‘man’ who sits in the White House, in the highest position of leadership in the nation, despite the fact that he lost the election by nearly 3 million votes.
The year is 2020, and the United States will be having an election on November 3rd, in just 298 days the people of this nation will head to the polls to cast their vote for their representative, some for their senator, and all for the next president. Or will they? In 2016, between 58% – 59% of eligible voters actually voted. WHY? Because …
- Hillary Clinton was a woman
- Hillary Clinton was not “warm and fuzzy”
- Hillary Clinton was blamed for her husband’s indiscretions
- Donald Trump claimed that Hillary Clinton was responsible for the lives lost in Benghazi, though that myth was long since de-bunked
- People who had hoped that either Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein would gain the Democratic Party nomination were disappointed and thus stayed home, rather than vote at all
- People claimed they were “making a statement” by not voting
There are many more reasons, of course, but folks … think about it … barely more than half of the people who could have voted, did. Throughout the relatively short history of this nation, men and women have put their lives on the line to protect our right to have a voice in our government, and some 40% of the nation’s citizens threw that right away.
Because of that … mainly the apathy and ignorance of people in this nation … we are currently facing a number of crises in this nation, not the least of which is that an impeached president, trying to distract the public from his own crimes, is leading us down a path of destruction.
The year is 2020, an election year, possibly the most crucial one in the 233-year history of the United States of America. If we lose this one, we may well be responsible for ending life on this planet as we know it today.
The year is 2020, and here in the U.S., the two parties, Democratic and Republican, are more divided than at any time in history. There are strong ideological differences, as there have always been, but it goes even beyond that. We are almost two separate nations without a line of demarcation, and the sheer antagonism between the two is toxic. How did we get to this point? How can we ever reconcile the seemingly irreconcilable differences? Where do we go from here?
The year is 2020, and we are determined to make our voices heard, to do our part to put an end to the madness that has overtaking the U.S. Who are we? We are Jeff and Jill – you know us from On the Fence Voters and Filosofa’s Word. We are going to spend part of our time and some of our voices in the coming ten months trying to make a difference. We will be in your inbox most Fridays screaming WAKE UP, AMERICA!!! We are all, democrat or republican, Christian, Jew, Muslim or atheist, black, brown or white … we are all in this together and in order to make this nation whole and healthy again, we need to start … somewhere! We hope you will join us in our little project, and we look forward to your input and suggestions.
Next Friday, 17 January, Jeff will begin with a bit about each of the two parties, the origins and how they got where they are today, then Jill will follow up with where we go from here. After that, we are going to be considering ways we can make a difference in this year’s upcoming election, how we can get voters engaged, make them see how important their vote is, etc. We will also be discussing things like religious liberty, the long-term effect of judicial appointments, and whatever else seems relevant in any given week. We want you to feel free to jump in with comments or even a guest post if you feel so inclined! That’s our plan for now, at least, but with the landscape changing daily, sometimes hourly, our focus could change over time. That’s the fun part … we have no idea where we’ll end up! So, until next Friday …