Final Election Reflection
Unless I find another interesting meta aspect to examine.
It’s great to win! For real. I’m enjoying it a great deal. There’s elation and relief. It’s a delight.
But here’s the thing. This week of elation and relief is the prelude to the actual thing that is governing. And you know what? If we are not at least as involved with the process of governing as we are in the process of elections then we all wasted our time.
We did this in 2008. “Yay! We won! Yes We Can!” and then in 2010 we let all that work fall by the wayside. As a result we got the Tea Party Congress. Let’s not do that again.
1. If you don’t know the name and basic positions of your Senator and Congressperson, you fail civics forever. This is going to be important and all it will cost you is the price of a phone call. Learn the issues. Learn the facts of both sides. Make a phone call. “Hey member of congress for my area, here is my opinion on this issue.” It’s five minutes of your life and can affect giant change.
2. Today is Veteran’s Day. Did you know that veterans are 50% more likely to be homeless? Is that something that we as a nation should allow to continue? Veteran suicide rates are soaring. As are the rates of mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse. Keep in mind that those statistics are just based on those people who are seeking help. They don’t address those who are just suffering. Maybe we should step up on that. Ya think?
3. We are not addressing the needs of the poor. Now I know I have some conservative readers and I want you to halt you knee jerk reaction to the phrase “Needs of the poor,” and bloody well listen for a minute. If you think that people are poor because they choose to be poor, they are lazy, and they just want stuff you are wrong, your privilege is overcoming your executive functions and you need to stop talking and start listening. Read this book. Then read all the other books on the same page. Then read more books on the subject that reject the laughably stupid concept that people are poor because they want to be.
4. You voting rights are under attack. Were you aware of this? Aside from the SCOTUS decision to hear and actual challenge to the Voting Rights Act there are the numerous acts of voter suppression and attempts at further voter suppression that were seen during this election. Guess what? Those aren’t going away unless we make them go away. In fact, given how vacant liberals have been in previous mid-term elections, all the opposition has to do is sit back and wait for us to get distracted by a shiny thing and we are screwed.
5. Are you a woman? Have you ever met a woman or stood near one? Do you care about the economy? Great, then you’re pro-choice. No, you are. Deal with it. It’s true. Go look at the post I wrote on abortion and learn why.
Facts. Arm yourself with them. Phone calls. Make them. One voice can make a difference.