Why I am not Voting in the Midterm Election this Year

Why I am not Voting in the Midterm Election this Year October 9, 2018

I feel like I am a child in a dysfunctional marriage that is heading for a divorce. My parents no longer talk to each other except to argue and call each other names. Why do I say that? Because I am a political independent who is tired of the dehumanizing and demeaning behavior of both political parties. I certainly must not be alone in feeling this way.

A little history. In 2015 I came out strongly against the candidacy of Donald Trump on facebook and in several articles at the conservative website – The Stream. It was not a political decision as no one at that time knew what his true political values were (I think we still don’t). But his willingness to ridicule others and his calls for violence against protesters concerned me. Yes his sexism and race-baiting was disturbing as well. But it was the overall package of playing to the worst instincts of ethnocentrism and fear in Americans that drove much of my hostility towards him.

I decided that Clinton would probably be a better president, but she has her own issues. So I could not support her. Eventually I decided to, for the first time in my life, vote third party and supported the American Solidarity Party. I think for the first time in my life I did not vote for the “lesser of two evils” and it felt good. Yes many of my friends thought I was throwing away my vote, but at least I would not own the mess that was being brought to our government.

To my surprise, Trump won. Many of my conservative friends were jumping for joy and many of my progressive friends were stunned, as was I. In fact, right after his victory, I started looking forward to 2020 when we would get new leadership, even if it was leadership that I disagreed with on many political issues. But I no longer feel that way. I do not think a Democrat government coming in 2020 will make us better off. What happened to change my mind?

Well, the resistance happened. I watched as individuals harassed their political opponents where they ate and where they worked. I observed the demeaning comments made of anyone who dared to disagree with the ideas forwarded by those opposing Trump. Progressives have for some time had a problem of failing to debate issues and falling back on calling their opponents racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted and now rape apologists. Over the past two years, that has only gotten worse. There have been rejections of family members over their support of Trump. And while the AntiFa do not have the history of violence of white supremacist groups, they seem to be doing all they can to show that they can use threats of violence as a tool of intimidation as well. The same instinct to motivate by hate and ideological ethnocentrism by Trump was now becoming more evident in the resistance towards him.

I am not talking about a few marginalized voices. There are always individuals in a group who embarrass the other members of that group and whom we do not want to claim. I certainly do not want to claim Fred Phelps, and I have yet to run into a Christian who does. But that is not what is happening. Note for example comments from congresswomen Maxine Waters, and Senator Mazie Hirono who either refuse to condemn such harassment or even endorse it. These are not marginal figures in the Democrat party. By the way, how many prominent Democrats have condemned the attempted harassment of Republican officials? Are they waiting for someone to actually engage in violence against those officials before saying something? Too late.

And it is not just political leaders. Note that Joel Kaplan, a friend of Kavanaugh was criticized for attending the hearing to support his friend. Perhaps there was a time when we respected someone who stood by a friend, even if we did not like the person he was supporting. Not anymore. Now if you try to support your friend, and that friend is not in the current progressive mainstream you will be expected to apologize for being there for your friend. When will this madness end?

So back in 2016 I was concerned about a coming administration that dehumanized its opponents, engaged in demeaning rhetoric, and did not mind using the threats of violence against those outgroup members. Now I see a resistance to that administration that dehumanized its opponents, engaged in demeaning rhetoric, and did not mind using the threats of violence against those outgroup members. At some point you just have to stop the madness and get out of the vicious cycle. I do not know if this is an enduring trend for me. Maybe I will vote third party again in 2020 (a possibility), or one of the parties will actually run someone who sees his/her political opponents as fully realized human beings (unlikely). But for this election cycle, I am sitting it out.

I know that some will argue that I should vote for the lesser of two evils. That way less damage will be done. But is not the lesser of two evils still evil? Perhaps if more of us stopped doing that to vote third party or to not vote at all, then more attention will paid to those of us who are tired of all of this viciousness and fighting. Since we do not have a governmental system that supports more than two parties (Oh how I wished we did) having large numbers of getable voters who refuse to vote may be the best way to get the attention of our political leaders.

By the way, let me be clear that this problem is not merely due to our politicians. It is our media that is the problem as well. During the Kavanaugh hearings, I could turn to Fox and have progressives described as snowflakes or I could turn to CNN or MSNBC and have conservative described as rape apologists. What I could not do is turn to a station and hear someone talk about what was motivating both sides of the debate in ways that humanized progressives and conservatives. Maybe if we stopped voting, then the media will realize that there are those of us out there who want to see issues discussed with nuance and for us to find compromises where possible.

I do hope there are many more who are tired of this as I am. Sometimes I think about whether those of us not invested into hating political opponents could have about three states where we could live and find compromises to the problems that arise. Those using terms such as “libtard” and “rethuglican” would not be allowed. Yeah I know this is unrealistic, but it shows just how exhausting all of this fighting has become.

I know that the emotions are up and that we are expecting a high turnout for the midterms. My non-voting will not make a great deal of difference, and I am unlikely to persuade many to join me. Nevertheless, I still will not participate in the dog and pony show for at least one voting cycle. No waiting in long lines for me to vote this year. I have better things to do with my time. I am staying home.

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  • Jansmt7

    It’s me, the christian who is more upset at the response to child concentration camps than the child concentration camps self.

    • georgeyancey

      And the conservative Christian would reply why are you not upset at the millions of children killed in their mother’s womb every year. Your Whataboutism is not very convincing.

      • TinnyWhistler

        Whataboutism? You said that the reason you’re not voting is because you’re upset at the response to stuff the R’s have done. That’s what your article’s about.

        • georgeyancey

          I am peeved at both the Rs and the Ds. That is what the article is about.

          • TinnyWhistler

            Your words:

            “What happened to change my mind?

            Well, the resistance happened. I watched as individuals harassed their political opponents where they ate and where they worked. I observed the demeaning comments made of anyone who dared to disagree with the ideas forwarded by those opposing Trump. Progressives have for some time had a problem of failing to debate issues and falling back on calling their opponents racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted and now rape apologists. Over the past two years, that has only gotten worse. There have been rejections of family members over their support of Trump. And while the AntiFa do not have the history of violence of white supremacist groups, they seem to be doing all they can to show that they can use threats of violence as a tool of intimidation as well. The same instinct to motivate by hate and ideological ethnocentrism by Trump was now becoming more evident in the resistance towards him.”

          • georgeyancey

            I guess you missed this part:

            In 2015 I came out strongly against the candidacy of Donald Trump on facebook and in several articles at the conservative website – The Stream. It was not a political decision as no one at that time knew what his true political values were (I think we still don’t). But his willingness to ridicule others and his calls for violence against protesters concerned me. Yes his sexism and race-baiting was disturbing as well. But it was the overall package of playing to the worst instincts of ethnocentrism and fear in Americans that drove much of my hostility towards him.

            So yeah I am peeved at both parties.

          • TinnyWhistler

            Yes, and you said that’s why you didn’t vote for him and were planning to vote against him in the future. The reason you gave in the article for why you changed your mind about your future vote was the resistance.

          • Fartrell Cluggins

            But yet the other side, doing all they can with what little power they hold, is just as bad for trying to resist his terrible policies and crass nature? Such a disingenuous disconnect. How dare they stand up for the rights of all Americans, not just the ones who vote for them, like Trump does. How dare the left hold the truth and facts and decency dear as they reject the right’s outright disregard for those same things?

            You know what, I’m damn proud of those who are standing up to our elected officials WHO WORK FOR US, holding them accountable for the terrible policies they support. The worst we can do is sit idly by and watch our country crumble from inaction and standing up for what’s right and decent and moral.

          • Fartrell Cluggins

            At least you’re not another (R) voter this cycle, and for that, we thank you.

          • georgeyancey

            Ahhh. Thank you. Finally someone who knows that not voting is not the same as supporting Republicans.

          • Pennybird

            May I suggest to you that since the Republican congress refuses to exercise their oversight on the president that it would behoove you to vote for Democrats, just to right the ship? I don’t know what is in the Mueller report, but I strongly believe it will have some very illegal stuff in it. Stuff that never would pass muster if the president wasn’t doing the bidding for a minority of Americans. But you and I both know that regardless of what is uncovered, Republicans in congress will meet it with a resounding “meh.”

      • Who says they aren’t?

        If you’re going to execute a “whataboutism”, it would help to know who the other person is beforehand, and there are plenty of people who are pro-life who are bloody furious about the concentration camps.

      • Fartrell Cluggins

        Typical “conservative christian”, cares only about the fetuses, but only up until they’re born, then, “you’re on your own, pull yourself up by your bootstraps kid.”

      • steveiam

        ‘…children killed in their mother’s womb…’ Perhaps, you skipped Biology 101, or your religion forbade participation, but that
        aborted is not a child at that point. Bible humpers are despicable in abridging Women’s Rights. You, and your gaggle are not
        convincing.

        • georgeyancey

          Yeah. You right. It is not a human child. t is a rabbit they are taking out of the women. And they say that Christians do not respect science.

          • steveiam

            Perhaps, what is not respected is ignorance, and self described illiteracy. You exhibit both.

          • georgeyancey

            Sure. Show me the scientific study where a women is not carrying a child. I will wait.

          • steveiam

            Try Biology 101 Textbook, Google Search, et al. Moreover, in light of your obvious intellect, ‘Procreation for Dummies.’

          • georgeyancey

            In other words you have no science. You are just bsing about textbooks. So when you call me ignorant and illiterate, I just need to remember the source.

      • Pennybird

        Hell, that’s their reply when the topic is jaywalking. One wonders why that is always the obsession on a backdrop of war, poverty, violence, and yes, concentration camps.

  • Kevin R. Cross

    I might respectfully suggest that you vote Democrat for the house and Senate, for the following reason: They hate Trump. Trump hates them. If the Democrats win either, then either the two sides find a way to pound out compromises, or the Federal Government will do nothing for two years. Both outcomes are, to my mind, superior to the status quo.

    • CorneliusFB

      Or maybe all the cultural theater is actually designed to distract us from the fact that on almost every consequential issue, both parties favor austerity and empire building and maintenance.

      They may hate each other for real but their warmongering corporate bosses are glad to see them fighting but also more than happy to replace them with polite politicians to do their bidding.

      • Kevin R. Cross

        I don’t disagree with you. The ultimate solution eludes me, because the problem is inherent in the system we use. But that said, even if we end up with a bunch of corporate Dems replacing the corporate Reps, it’s clear their hatred for one another is very real, and that would still give us an advantage in either better or lesser governance.

      • Pennybird

        No, not everyone favors austerity. It is what has lead to our unsustainable income inequality. But I do agree that this divide and conquer mechanism is working wonders for someone, probably Russia, definitely our corporate masters. Look how many underemployed people champion tax cuts for the guys who haven’t given them raises in ten years.

    • Wesley

      the best solution it for third party candidates to win their respective races. unfortunately most Americans have bought into the bi-party system and refuse to look for answers outside the two parties.

  • RustbeltRick

    I’m voting Democrat in the midterms. All the Democratic candidates on my ballot (governor, US senator, state attorney general, state rep, state senate) have steadfastly refused to engage in violent, extremist language in their campaigning. They focus on issues and solutions, and many of them tout their bipartisan record. I suppose if my preferred candidate was hounding people out of restaurants or starting “lock her up” chants, I would not vote for him/her. Fortunately that doesn’t apply to any of them.

  • Murigen

    You voted for tRump, and depending on the state you live in you may have helped him win. Congratulations. If you do the same during the mid terms then if there is a Republican running for election or re election and wins, you will be helping.

    • georgeyancey

      Yeah. I heard that argument from my conservative friends before the 2016 election as well on how I was electing Clinton. The argument was not impressive to me then and it still is not impressive to me now.

      • Murigen

        Except now there is proof that the lack of voting in battle ground states is actually a vote for the opposing party. With Clinton’s first election there were three ways to vote for him. 1) to vote for him 2) to not vote at all and 3)to vote for Ross Perot. In the 2016 election the people who didn’t vote than those who voted for either candidate. Those who voted for other candidates because they hated tRump but couldn’t bring themselves to vote for Hillary were more than enough to swing the vote her way. So don’t tell me the argument isn’t valid. It is valid. People who didn’t vote or voted for a minor candidate just don’t want to believe they are the reason tRump is in office. Do you.

        • georgeyancey

          Except you assume that if pushed I will vote the way you want. This is why this is such a losing argument. You assume that all non-voters will support you. Some thing my conservative friends assumed. Look if you want me to vote Democrat then pay attention to my complaints and address them. Stop expecting me to support a party that is okay with harassing its opponents, deplatforming speakers and using dehumanizing terms to describe out-group member. Get a few of your Democrat leaders to work towards stopping this type of incivility and then get back to me about how I should vote.

          • Murigen

            I don’t know if you will this up coming election or not. But if you didn’t like tRump, and didn’t want him to win, you would choose the most likely candidate to beat him. That would have been Hillary. In 2020 if you really don’t want tRump you should vote for whoever the Democrats put up. Otherwise you’re voting for tRump. Believe it or not, that’s exactly what it means.

          • georgeyancey

            Then put up someone I can vote for. Fearmongering has gotten my vote for the last time. Improve your Democrat party and then we can talk. Out.

          • Murigen

            I’m not fear mongering. I’m stating what the facts show. People who don’t vote, in particular, like to complain after an election. They like to claim no responsibility for the outcome of the election because they didn’t vote. But that’s not true. I knew that long ago with our states elections for taxes. Not voting was, in essence, voting no twice. So, guess what, I didn’t vote on taxes issues I didn’t want! You will make you choice to vote, not vote, vote for a third party. You don’t get to claim no responsibility because you didn’t vote. When you make that choice will definitely affect the election. You will have voted, no matter which choice you make. Own it.

          • Fartrell Cluggins

            If supposed “deplatforming” really is an issue for you, then buddy, you are way off the deep end. Have you seen and do you know about those terrible trolls who were banned from certain social media sites? If you support those goons in any way, then bub, you are truly a deplorable person and in no way whatsoever are you even close to a “christian”, and shame on you for claiming you are. Shame!

          • georgeyancey

            I would respond to you but your comment made no sense whatsoever.

          • CT Planner

            Do you really see the few instances of harassment at restaurants as equivalent to an arena full of Trump supporters yelling “Lock Her Up”, now about Feinstein!, and Trump telling 5,000 lies or misleading statements in less than 2 years? The warning signs are all there. Trump is a danger to our democracy.

          • georgeyancey

            Few? It is like you have not even heard of Antifa. And even if you take them out there are the violence in college protests, the shooting of the Republican congressman, the support of verbal abusing of Republicans by prominent Democrats, the doxing of their contacts just to begin. I am no fan of Trump and he is the most powerful man in the U.S. so his words should be heavily weighted. But this talk of false equalivanecy is nonsense unless Democrats and progressives are willing to acknowledge all of the crap happening from their side as well.

  • Rod Roberts

    uh, this isn’t just partisan bickering anymore. It’s gone way beyond that. When an institution like the Republican Party is dominated by a small leadership cadre that STARTS at gaming the system and goes beyond that to breaking the law, and inviting in a foreign power to help with the gaming, that’s not just something with which honorable people may have a difference of opinion.

    • georgeyancey

      Sounds like partisan bickering to me. A Republican can say when you have a political party with such toxic rhetoric that people are trying to gun down congressmen at baseball game then that is not something with which honorable people may have a different opinion. See how the game it played.

      • Melissa L.

        Your answer is to pull the one extreme from the Democratic side and place it up for viewing? Are you kidding me? ONE Congressman got hurt badly enough to spend some time in the hospital. How many gunmen who have been fired up by Trump’s rhetoric, and the bullcrap presented as “fact” on Fox News – the conservative mouthpiece – have literally killed hundreds? no, George, if you’re going to pretend the parties are the same you are lost beyond reasonable discussion.
        I mean, damn! You’re complaining that Dems and Independents are being uncivil when their reps are LITERALLY closing their offices, not holding town halls, walking away and throwing snide comments over their shoulders, contemptuously ignoring their constituents, willfully harming our democracy, but oh, how horrible we are for chanting at them in public spaces, forcing them to hold open elevators while we pour our hearts out to them, dare to demand they leave our healthcare alone so our loved ones won’t die. Yeah, you’re right, we’re just the worst!

        • georgeyancey

          So the shooting of the congressman was a “Fox News” fact. Must have not really happened then. Got it. Hey why don’t you look at the AntiFa since the Demos are so peaceloving. Do I need to post videos of women being pepper sprayed and men getting beaten up or will that be a Fox News fact as well. I also pointed out the harassing of government officials. And in recent days we have gotten implicit acceptance of this by the former Secretary of State and Attorney General. To be honest they sound like our idiot president so yeah I do find it on both sides you would too if you were not so committed to your tribe. When Democrats “leaders” stop calling for incivility and condemn it instead then I may pay attention to your cheery picking of facts.

          • Fartrell Cluggins

            You are truly out of touch and somebody I’m glad I only know online, George. Your whataboutism and false equivalencies are beyond pathetic and scary.

            Does it not worry you that Russia has compromised an entire political party? Would you be so dismissive if roles were reversed and it was the Dems who Russia favored and was helping? Puh-leease!!!

          • georgeyancey

            I notice that people like to use false equivalency arguments when protecting the dysfunctions of their own side. If you cannot explain why something is not a false equalvancy then do not expect me to be impressed with your statement. And yeah if the Demos were who Russia favored I still would not be voting. That has nothing to do with what I wrote.

      • Pennybird

        You have two parties with toxic rhetoric. Try not to forget Charlottesville on those days you believe only the left gets violent. And try not to forget that the leader of this country couldn’t summon up the courage to condemn it, while plenty, if not all, Democrats condemned the shooting at the baseball game.

  • Emily Elizabeth Windsor-Cragg

    YOU MUST BE COLLUDING WITH THE DEEP STATE, THEN, EH? Rationalizing mobs? Rationalizing corruption? Aiding and abetting sedition by the last five Globalist administratio https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68b18ba91c1c149fbcb6c35ecb7db0da4654df7f6b66408c95cb0e148b049c3f.jpg ns?

    • Joris Heise

      This is false. It is a false and divisive falsehood. Read the “These Truths” history book and throw away these conspiracist falsehoods; get some depth. The divisions in our country stretch in vivid lines back to Columbus, via greed, power, misunderstanding Christianity and superiority.

  • Fartrell Cluggins

    The fact you both-sides what’s going on, equating the absolute fuckery of the GOP to what little Democrats are doing to try to at least limit it tells me how far out of touch you are with reality.

    We could be in the final days of a working, breathing Republic, yet you think both parties are mean and not worth your vote. It’s exactly and precisely this mindset that gave us Trump in the first place. Too many thought some hacked emails and a private server was just as bad or worse than a constantly lying, sexual predator.

    If more people hold your mentality, then I wish the absolute worst on this country, as we deserve it holding that mindset.

    Take a step back man, and realize the damage the GOP and Trump, their useful idiot, is doing to the country. All the pillars are cracking and the methods written into our founding documents to limit this kind of fuckery are being ignored… and you think both sides are equally to blame. Shame on you, sir!!!!

  • steveiam

    Not vote? That IS more than sad, it is a threat to our democracy. The definition of a Democracy is an entity where everyone can participate
    and make their voice heard. Clearly, wars have been fought to achieve a vote, and abdicating that renders ones voice mute.

  • corky

    No vote achieves nothing

  • Richard B

    The midterms are more important than you think. This is when we choose many elected officals and pass on various measure which could very well affect you and those around you whom you care for. Thousands of people have died in order to procure voting rights throughout the world. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Please reconsider. Please vote.

  • Wolf

    You will never find a perfect candidate. Sitting this one out just makes you a part of the problem that put 45 in office in the first place. If you can’t muster the enthusiasm to vote for a candidate, then vote because you CAN vote, instead of throwing away a right that people died fighting to give you. Commit an act of appreciative patriotism.

  • nogodsplease

    Sounds like the author isn’t able to discern very well the differences. Either that or his true alignment is not being divulged, as if to seem reasonable. But, no; there are real differences. Glaring ones. And there is no equivalence between the actions of the parties.

  • Ivlia Blackburn

    Am curious. Having always grown up in countries where there are numerous political parties, and as a child knew of the total lunacy in England of Screaming Lord Such (a pop singer)who regularly stood in the general elections (New Zealand had the singer called the Wizard) yet you imply that the US can only field either Republican or Democrats at your general elections. Is it written in your constitution that there can only ever be 2 parties or has it become that way through generations of doing it? Is there anything stopping someone deciding to stand in opposition and working to gain followers until they can stand either for local seats or congress/senate, hoping to keep growing until they have enough followers to become a serious opposition party? It always sounds as though the law States that you either vote Republican or Democrat, anything else is illegal, yet you also mention voting for a party unaligned to either of the 2 big ones. Very confusing and as there are many articles on US politics due to your elections, followed by your presidential election in 2 years, it would be helpful to know why it seems there can only be 2 choices, and if you disagree with both views then you seem to be permitted no political representation at all.

    • georgeyancey

      It is not written in our constitution but with our winner take all system it is hard for third parties to get any traction in our society. All the more the pity given the terrible examples of political parties we have today.

      • Ivlia Blackburn

        Many thanks. I suppose I find the concept difficult because I am so used to living in countries where there are so many different political parties. The best examples in a way being countries such as Italy or Germany although their systems don’t really allow for a single party majority but instead a coalition, but in some respects this works well. Other systems such as UK, NZ, Australia have as many small parties but the election system allows for a majority party to rule, the UK having had a coalition for the first time in decades only recently and then not for long. Many parties have no hope at all of getting into power and, in some cases, may only field one or two candidates but still they allow for those who feel the main 2 parties (Labour,/National in NZ, Labour/Conservative in England, Conservative/Scottish Nationalist Party in Scotland, Fianna Fail/Finé Gael in Ireland for examples) don’t offer anything for them. There will always be at least one independent in the government of any of these examples, often more, but they do help hold the ruling party to account and in many cases can be the difference between remaining in power a and losing a vote of no confidence leading to a new election.

        • georgeyancey

          More and more I am beginning to believe that on this issue the European system is superior to what we do in the U.S.

  • JanetMermaid

    This is everything that is wrong with Democrats. Republicans vote lock-step with their party almost 100% of the time. Democrats, on the other hand, are whiney babies who ‘take their toys and go home’ if their personal, pet candidate isn’t on the ballot. This is also why I have no hope for the mid-terms. Too many Democrats are blind to the impact their stubbornness has on the result (*cough* Trump *cough*). And finally, this is also why we left the country and moved to Spain last year. If I’m going to watch the country burn, I’d rather it be from 5000 miles away.

    • Murigen

      Not all democrats choose not to vote if our personal choice doesn’t make it. I supported Hillary but when Obama won I supported and voted for him. I supported Bernie but when Hillary won I supported and voted for her. Now, with our state rep I supported one candidate and since she didn’t win in the primary I am supporting and intend on voting for the dem who won the primary. However, I do understand that there are some( both old enough to know better and young enough to not have a clue how voting in a democracy works) who get their panties in a bunch when their candidate doesn’t win. If the opposing candidate wins in their district or state it’s partly their fault. And they have to be reminded of that, again and again and again.

  • johnparris

    I’m voting and volunteering in this election as I have since I was old enough to do so. It is a civic duty and a right. No human is perfect and no candidate is perfect but to neglect your duty because neither candidate meets your standards of perfection is to neglect your responsibility. Not voting is voting.

  • CroneEver

    Congratulations on your moral and political purity. I hope it supports you as you live under the government you decided not to involve yourself with.

  • David Miller

    Oh, the simplistic idea that both sides are equal! On the scale of reality if we were to compare Dems to GOP, the best comparison we could have to their levels of malignity would be to say Dems are like a kid that gets caught with the hand in a cookie jar before dinner & says “I’m sorry”.
    Meanwhile the GOP is like a petulant teenager that gets caught having sex at the parent’s bed with the local Meth-dealing pervert, gets grounded by the parents & then out of spite sets the house afire. Yes, Dems & the GOP are so alike! I refuse to fall for such foolishness. We’re in a slow descent into a kleptomanic despotism with religiou$ fanatics waiting on the wings. If we don’t stop it. I will vote Democrat from dogcatcher up. I only pray Republikan$ lose so badly they purge themselves from the cancerous malignity that possesses them. Until then, they deserve winning nothing. And for those who still think Dems are as bad, as far as I know Dems NEVER stole people’s children & then sold them to religionites. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-five-year-old-who-was-detained-at-the-border-and-convinced-to-sign-away-her-rights

  • David Miller

    To do nothing while Republikan$ destroy our democratic republic is just collaborating with the despot. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9e492fc0b258a67aca6e7dcc6237e3e7927db944fc08480e63473763af6bde2b.jpg y

  • Phil B.

    Already voted blue in my state across the board.

    Vote, or kindly stfu.

  • Kyllein MacKellerann “

    I hope the author has a change of heart, since not voting is exactly the reason that we are where we are now. Whether you agree with the party in power or not, it is a duty – as a Citizen – to vote. A whole lot of people have worked to make it possible to vote. Vote for Mickey Mouse if you want to – but VOTE! If you choose not to fulfill your citizen’s responsibly by voting, you lose all credence when you discuss things political; in essence you become a Second Class citizen and in some states may have to re-register if you want to vote later on. Despair if you wish, but fulfill your responsibilities to the nation and cast your ballot… or be considered irrelevant for the next few years.
    It is not a privilege, it is a duty, Don’t fail your nation by not voting.

  • David Miller
  • John

    I respect your position and reasoning. At some point you have to opt out of the madness. We probably won’t be asked how we voted as we enter eternity, but we should maintain our integrity while here. I’m sick of all of it from both sides and equally tired of the call to engage more intensely. Just stop. Neither politics nor political parties will save us or bring peace. Time to rise above the junk and be on a different path.

  • Alexandra

    I was going to write a rather long comment, rebutting this one, point by point, but realized that it’s a waste of my time.

    The author of this piece is behaving a bit like children do, when they don’t like the way that a game is being played and choose to throw a tantrum. There is no reasoning with such a child, until s/he has had sufficient time to cool down. Judging from the author’s responses, he is still in high dudgeon.

    Aside from the fact that I believe that the author is wrong in his attempts to equate the behavior of the opposition to Trump with the behavior of Trump supporters (which seem, at present to include most Republican members of Congress), I think that his statements about the level of the rhetoric only inflame the situation.

    The fact is that there are many people who are engaged in rational conversations about many things. To insist that everyone is at another’s throat is to make it seem more so. It would be far more helpful if bloggers such as this author might take the time to talk to people in a calmer manner and to write about that, instead. Of course, that might not generate as many clicks, and what blogger wants to diminish the number of clicks, right? So, maybe what we have here is the proverbial pot calling the kettle black……..

  • Pennybird

    “What I could not do is turn to a station and hear someone talk about what was motivating both sides of the debate in ways that humanized progressives and conservatives.”

    You could have gone to NPR’s news shows in the morning and late afternoon and not gotten hostile commentary. They present the news and allow others to make up their minds. When they have commentary it’s generally someone from each side, neither one rabid (and NPR does have opinionated shows which are not presented as news) Or you could go back to the broadcast news stations in the evening, which also presents news and is very light on commentary. NPR spends more than a few seconds on their stories so you are more likely to get a better picture than on the network news. But it is not true that it is unavailable.