What if your disengagement with politics is the goal? 

I see so many people; young and old; black and white; male and female; who are so incredibly disappointed and disillusioned with the entire political system in this country that they have chosen to “opt out.” They pay no attention, they don’t vote, they don’t care about a government that doesn’t care about them, but death and taxes are our only two guarantees in life.  You feel what you’re doing is noble. Opting out of the “big political machine” seems like the only option. I understand. I’ve been where you are. But here’s my epiphany:

What if the goal is to completely turn you off? What if the goal all along is for fewer and fewer people to care enough to vote; to raise their voices; to stand up and fight? Believe it or not, politicians have a better chance at winning when you don’t vote. They want you to stay home and pay no attention. All the while, they continue taking your tax money and not representing you.

There are two dominant parties. And until we elect the right people to make serious changes in our country, there will always be only two dominant parties. In poli sci, I learned some excellent lessons although I was still too young to understand:

1. A vote for the third party is a vote for the member of the party you least want to win. This doesn’t make a lot of sense at first, but for a third party to even have a chance, there are so many rules and red tape and big money that needs to be overcome first. The third party is there to take votes from one candidate or the other. Some even call it strategic.  So, for the time being, like it or not, there will be two candidates and only two that can possibly win. Money backs the two parties. Never forget that as long as money is needed to win, we only have two parties.

2. They don’t want everyone to vote. One party even went so far as to limit voting rights after they lost the presidency twice in a row. They want you to be disgusted. They want you to think politicians are all alike. They want you to think the most noble decision is to stay home in protest. 

And these things will not change until everyone starts voting. This is the way our country works. You can’t ignore it and assume it will ever change. You have to vote for the people that want to change it.

November, 2016 will be here before you know it. Now is the time to make sure you have everything you need to vote and remember,  “one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”


One thought on “What If? 

  1. I grew up hearing a great story from my mother, that I have passed on to my two children, my grandfather was a German from Russia who emigrated to North Dakota. He was a devout Catholic who rarely if ever missed Sunday mass, but shared with my mother as they were going to vote at a little church on the Prairie in a blizzard that there could be excuses to miss mass, but never any excuse good enough to miss an opportunity to vote. The truth and happy Fourth of July.


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