Okay, the Republicans have won back both Houses of government. That's done. Only happened because the Democrats suck. If the Dems knew how to run campaigns, the outcome would have been different, but they don't. No vision. No singular voice. Never know how to frame the achievements. Run, baby, run away. Don't talk about the good. The Republicans own the conversation. They are always focussed during campaigns. Can't even say that the Dems were out spent. There was far too much money spent on another election season. Ridiculous amounts of money wasted and no outrage anywhere.
Can you imagine what good could've come from all that campaign money? We could've solved so many problems in our country. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a non partisan group in D.C., more than $3.67 billion dollars was spent on this midterm election season!!!!!! What if all that money went to education? Wouldn't that make a dent in our suffering school systems? It's such a disgrace. Can't forget that elections are bought and paid for by huge donors and lobbyists. Doesn't anyone see that it's wrong? Why aren't the citizens understanding this?
The registered Democrats didn't show up to the polling locations. The Independents didn't either. How the hell can anyone want things to be different if the masses don't show up at the voting booths? If you don't vote, you get exactly what you deserve, but what about the rest of us? We're screwed. We do our part. We show up. In NYC, we had three unpublicized bills or propositions. What the hell? How does that serve anyone? Showed up, got our ballots, and there are three wordy bills to vote on. That's pseudo democracy, not real democracy. Growing up in California, voting is intense. Before election day, you get a sample ballot. It's clear, thick, and tons of propositions. The only problem there is the wording is always tricky. Are you voting for something or against something. The props have to be read thoroughly and discussed to clearly know which way to vote.
Okay, so now what? Well, I am very afraid about our future. The Republicans in government are largely climate change deniers or so deeply in the pockets of gas and oil that they pretend to be ignorant. Never understood the concept of not believing in science, but many Republicans own that. Why can't our elected officials err on the side of caution? What harm would it do to make some regulations to protect our one earth? Why aren't more people worried about the many earthquakes in Oklahoma? Could fracking have something to do with it? I don't know, but certainly I'd take a long hard look at it. I'd err on the side of caution.
Republicans everywhere think that this midterm election is a mandate from the 10 people that voted, but I don't see it that way. They are just better at spending money and running campaigns. They hit the "right" notes for their people and they vote. The Democrats are lousy at the tag line to get their people out. LOUSY! Why isn't there talk of replacing Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC Chairman? I admire her, but she isn't able to get the candidates and campaigns in lock step. It's a thankless job and maybe that's why she still has it.
So, please, please to all of our elected officials, do no harm. Our children and our children's children are depending on you.
Sidebars: It's Veteran's Day! Thank you to all who have served. Television has been really kicking it. Homeland and Blacklist have really been jaw dropping. The Voice went live this week. It's not too late to start watching. Whether or not they've produced a stand alone star doesn't matter to me, it is just fun, fun, fun. Winter has blown in way too early for mid-America and now it's coming this way. Ugh! Not ready. I'm sorry, what? Oh, did you say global climate change...?
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