Watching the depressing and frightening events of this summer, I am struck by the larger message they convey: THE VOTE MATTER. People continue to elect climate change deniers and obstructionists and then express their utter devastation as they lose property and even lives to our deteriorating climate conditions. People continue to elect those who oppose even common sense gun control measures and then express their utter devastation when innocent lives are taken from them. People continue to elect those who espouse extreme moral beliefs, often based on religion, and are then surprised when the government imposes them by taking away a woman’s right to her own body, or an American’s right to privacy, or a voter’s right to cast their vote easily and honestly, or an American’s right to free exercise of their own religious beliefs, or no religious beliefs at all, and so on.
People continue to elect those who believe that only the wealthiest among us deserve tax cuts and corporate welfare, and are then surprised when their purchasing power declines as these wealthy people and corporations gain wealth and power. People continue to elect those who oppose even basic corporate and corporate controls and surveillance, and then marvel when the air they breathe or the water they drink or even they swim make them sick or kill them.
No candidate will meet all the needs and desires of every voter, but the recurring election of those who destroy so much of what makes America great, and whose actions put us all at risk, underscores the need for more thoughtful selection when we each go to the polls in the November election and all elections to come.
Kenneth M. Robbins