Let’s start this out by making one point clear. Republicans are not your enemy. Libertarians are not your enemy. Democrats who don’t agree with you on everything are not your enemy. Somebody who has ideas that are different than yours is not the enemy, and you don’t need to hurl insults and call them names just because somebody thinks differently. Ultimately we are all on the same team and only want to make our nation better.
That being said, this vote that’s quickly approaching is about far more than taxes, wages, and regulations. It’s legitimately about the future of our nation and our place in the world. Sounds like a lot of crazy conspiracy mumbo-jumbo, I know, but there’s no getting around the fact that it’s true.
Republicans are not your enemy. Libertarians are not your enemy. Democrats who don’t agree with you on everything are not your enemy. Somebody who has ideas that are different than yours is not the enemy…
The Republican party has, unfortunately, been led astray by Trump. He’s pushed the party into crazy land. It’s not even far right anymore. It’s completely left the spectrum of politics and is now residing next to Daenerys and her dragons.
When I say Republican party, though, I’m not talking about your average Republican. I’m not talking about your neighbor. I’m not talking about the people who voted for Reagan and Bush.
I’m mostly talking about those people in office, our representatives. Those individuals are, in truth, in an incredibly difficult situation, and I’d be willing to bet that more of them than you think aren’t happy about what’s going on either. But what can they do? They can’t go against their party. They’d lose their seat, and they would most likely lose it to somebody far more extreme than they are.
Right now Republicans hold a slight edge, so they have to be united in order to pass anything. If they are the minority, however, then there won’t be that burning fear of being the one person in their party that rocks the boat and messes things up. If they know they are going to lose certain votes, then they may be more likely to stand up to Trump. If more of them stand up to Trump, this spell that he’s cast over the nation might finally start to dissolve and we can get back to being a nation that leads by doing the right thing, that helps people in need, that trusts science and education, and cares about its citizens more than money.
Most importantly, though, is that there are no checks on the president’s power. That’s a dangerous situation at the best of times, but when you have a power-hungry and ill-tempered individual like Trump in office it could be truly catastrophic. There has to be people who are willing to stand up to him and say no, and we don’t currently have the people to do that.
We still hold the power, no matter how much it feels at times like we’ve lost it. You still control our government!
How do We Fix It?
There is a fever going on in this country, and nobody seems to know what the cure is.
Turns out, though, we do know the answer. We know because it’s the most fundamental part of our Democracy. It’s the fact that this nation is still run by the people. We still control what our government does. We still hold the power, no matter how much it feels at times like we’ve lost it. You still control our government!
That’s why you HAVE to go vote this time. You just have to. Once again, it’s not even about politics anymore. It’s about putting our foot down and saying that this type of reality show nonsense going on in the White House is not okay. It’s about saying that we are not okay with having a president who thinks bullying people is okay. It’s about saying that we care more about our future than corporate tax breaks. It’s about accepting that feeling that most of us have deep in our gut that something just isn’t right, and we need to stop it.
I’m not even talking about the big I-word, either. Congress does not need to impeach Trump (unless Mueller has some crazy stuff going on we don’t know about). But if Republicans don’t hold all the power of congress then, once again, we’ll have people willing to stand up to the president and tell him no.
The point is, things will only get worse if Republicans hold on to the House and the Senate. Republicans will continue standing by as Trump acts a fool, our nation will continue down the dark path of ignorance and fear, and Trump will keep being Trump. There’s no need to even go into the details anymore. We all know who, and what, he is.
It’s all the people who think that voting doesn’t matter that put Trump in office in the first place. We simply can’t afford to think that way anymore.
Go vote. Tell your friends to vote. If anybody says “But my vote doesn’t matter,” punch them right in their stupid face.
Don’t do the last part, actually. Think about punching them. Envision it in your head, and savor the feel of it. Then remember that we aren’t savages and we don’t hit people around here! Instead, tell them that you’ll buy them lunch if they will just go cast a vote. Maybe two lunches. Possibly a car if you’re big ballin’. Whatever it takes. Let them know how important this is and get them into those voting booths!
It’s all the people who think that voting doesn’t matter that put Trump in office in the first place. We simply can’t afford to think that way anymore. Make your voice heard, and take back control of your government.