As this year’s seemingly interminable primary season drags on, and we’ve yet to hit election season, I’ve come to realize how spoiled I was by 2012. That year, everyone knew who the Democratic candidate was going to be (frustrati stupidity aside), and we all got to sit back in stunned disbelief at what the Republicans were doing. This year showed that both parties nomination process is messy, and that the media gets things wrong more than ever. So here are some things I’d like to see in the future.
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In numerous posts here, I’ve hammered on the importance of voting. Regular, every single election, walking into the polling place, voting. I don’t just do it here or elsewhere on the internet, I do it in person as well. You see, if you want political action, if you want politicians to listen to you, if you want to be considered “the base,” then you have to vote. Otherwise, all those things you want don’t happen. But here’s the thing I keep running into, the biggest excuse: “I’m not excited.” Usually followed by a complaint that the party should pick someone who would “excite the base.” Mind you, except for presidential candidates they frequently can’t name who they think would be exciting enough for them. The result is that they usually end up not voting, and then reappear to complain because whatever they were advocating before the election isn’t happening.
For a five year period, I lived in a district that had a Democrat in the House of Representatives. I still live here, but before and after that, I’ve been represented by Republicans. The Democratic representative caused a conniption fit with various liberal blogs when he was first nominated for a special election, because he wasn’t “progressive.” But after a bruising, nasty campaign, he did something no Democrat has done in a very long time. He won. Then in a year when Republicans took back control of the House, he won again. And a third time in 2012, before deciding not to run again. While he was serving, was I 100% happy with him? No. Did I get really ticked off by some of his votes or stands? You bet I did! Did I let him know it? Oh yes, and on a regular basis. I also let him know when I approved of what he’d done, and yes, overall he was a fairly reliable Democratic vote in the House and around 90% of the time I agreed with him or understood why he was doing something. The Republican I have now? If look really hard and be nice about it, about 5% of the time. But here’s the point of this: If you read my blog over the time he was in office, you would almost never have known when I was furious with him.
As regular readers of this blog may guess, I haven’t been too fond of “progressives,” or “The Left,” as they call themselves. Back about 5 years ago, they got tagged here (and a few other places) as “frustrati,” “emoprogs,” and “purity trolls.” Why have I been so … irritated … by them? It’s not their ideals. It’s not even their anger at the lack of progress on some fronts, or even their disappointment with some (or all) of the Democratic Party. Surprisingly, I sometimes share them. What irritates me is they aren’t doing anything to change any of that except to bitch about it, and even worse, assume that every place in the country is just like where they live.
To say this election was a disappointment for me is an understatement. Over the past few months, I’ve been inundated with political messages, as well as reading huge numbers of posts and articles about the issues that were important to various groups. Voting rights, women’s rights, climate change, green energy, healthcare, the economy, immigration, and various others. All of which, if you read both the mainstream media as well as the left blogs, were key issues with voters on the left, were at stake in this election. If you looked at the polls, supposedly Democratic candidates were on the winning side of those issues with a majority of the population. There’s just one problem: The Republicans won.