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Protests Are Good … But Not Enough

Saturday, there were a number of protest marches being conducted around the country and the world, with the largest one in Washington DC.    They were marching about women’s rights and civil rights, and against the threat being posed to them by the Trump presidency and the Republican Congress.  It’s a very real threat they were marching against, because a great many rights that have up until now been taken for granted are no longer safe.

Every Republican-held state has been busily passing laws to remove funding from Planned Parenthood clinics, and close abortion clinics.  Every one of them has been passing laws that do their level best to remove or drastically reduce things like “equal pay,” maternity leave,  and a host of other protections that women enjoy.

The marches are a start, but they are only a start.

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Membership Has Its Privileges

Over the course of my life, I’ve belonged to many organizations, and held offices in a number of them.  When I was 15, I was elected to the board of directors for my church (no, I didn’t seek it), and at 16 I was a delegate to the state convention.  I’ve been on committees, boards, and even President of hobby clubs, professional organizations, and social groups.  I’ve been “just a member” of many of them, and happy to do just that.  But the one thing they all had in common was that you had to be a member to have any say in what the organization did, and who they elected.   It’s a simple concept, and one that apparently is lost on a number of people these days.

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You Can’t Change The Rules In The Middle Of The Game

There was a story in Wednesday’s  NY Post about potential issues at polling places.  Mainly, that independents are suddenly realizing that New York has a closed primary, and they’re not going to be able to vote in the upcoming primary.  That means that only those registered as Democrats or Republicans are going to get to vote in their party’s primary.

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If You Take It For Granted, You’ll Lose It

Over on Salon, there’s an opinion column by a self-described “leftist feminist” who spends a lot of words justifying her “principled stand” for not voting.   Seriously?  It’s all the same garbage I’ve ever heard from every so-called leftist who thinks that not voting sends a message, and that will lead to changes and conversations.  Why is it garbage?  As I’ve said often here, if you don’t vote, you don’t matter.  No politician or political party will care about your principles, no one will be “starting a conversation” with you.  You have removed yourself from any conversations.  It’s only by voting that you get to do all that.  But in reading through numerous screeds over the past few years touting making a “principled stand” by not voting, I notice that they’re taking certain things for granted.  They shouldn’t.

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If You’re Waiting for Exciting, You’re Going To Wait A Long Time

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 voteOtherwise, 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.

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