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Monday, October 24, 2022
The American Oligarchy
It has become quite apparent that the American government is for sale. The highest bidder wins, regardless of political affiliation. In fact, it would appear that the only political affiliation that matters anymore is which party can line the pockets of their politicians the most. This is not a democracy; this is an oligarchy. It's no secret that money has always played a role in politics. But in recent years, the influence of billionaires has reached new heights. In the 2016 election, for example, the top 10 donors accounted for 22% of all money raised. And in 2020, the top 100 donors gave more than the bottom 65 million.
The Republicans have had a stranglehold on our democracy since the 1980s. With their incessant voter suppression tactics and their blatant disdain for fair elections, it's no wonder the Democrats don't stand a chance (according to Chuck Todd). The networks are perpetuating this cycle by telling us to stay home and not vote. It's useless, they say. But I refuse to believe that. I think the Democrats are going to pick up seats in both the House and the Senate. I just don't see the same drive, hatred, or effort from Republican supporters as they had in 2016 or even 2020. Sure, there are plenty that still does, but their numbers shrink every day I predicted Trump would win in 2016 over HRC, and I truly believe I am correct about this.
Progressives and centrists alike are not happy with the attack on our liberties from this activist republican court, the idea that we should be following what a bunch of yes very brilliant men, but they were just men, white men, rich white men. Societal norms have changed a lot since the constitution was written, which is why it was created as a living document. So I think we are going to pick up enough seats to Manchin Proof the Senate and we can finally get things done. The press is all confused because they do not hear our voices, the thing is progressives and centrists don’t spend a lot of time complaining instead we act, we vote, and the press will hear our voices on election day!
How did we get here? How did the country that was founded on the idea of democracy become a playground for the wealthy? It started with Reagan, and it's been downhill ever since. Reagan slashed taxes on the rich and deregulated everything in sight. He also stacked the Supreme Court with conservative justices who have been chipping away at voting rights ever since. The Christian Coalition got involved, and things really started to snowball.
So what we're seeing now is the culmination of decades of Republican efforts to keep people from voting. The more people that vote, the worse Republicans do. That's why they've been working so hard to disenfranchise voters, especially poor and minority voters who are more likely to vote Democrat. They've gerrymandered districts, implemented voter ID laws, and purged voter rolls. And it's working; fewer and fewer people are voting every year.
The Republicans have been using voter suppression tactics since the 1980s when Paul Wyrick and the Christian Coalition elected Reagan. Their strategy is to keep people from voting, because the more people that vote, the worse the Republicans do. We've seen this in recent years with their gerrymandering of voting districts and their purging of voter rolls. They've made it harder and harder for people of color, students, seniors, and other traditionally Democratic voters to exercise their right to vote. And it's working. In 2016, Trump won despite losing the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
The networks are complicit in this cycle of voter suppression by telling us that our vote doesn't matter and that we shouldn't bother because the Democrats are going to lose anyway. This is why we need to get out and vote! We need to show them that we're not going to take this lying down. The women are going to lead us through this dark time and into a new era of democracy!
Why Voting Matters
Voting is important because it is one of the few ways, we can hold our elected officials accountable. If we don't like the way they're doing their job, we can vote them out of office. Voting also allows us to have a say in who represents us and what policies they enact.
In addition to holding elected officials accountable, voting also allows us to make our voices heard on important issues like healthcare, education, and climate change. When we vote, we're telling our elected officials what matters to us and what kind of world we want to live in.
Finally, voting is important because it helps to ensure that everyone's voices are heard. In a democracy, everyone should have an equal say in how their government is run. By voting, we help to level the playing field and make sure that everyone's voice is heard.
The billionaires have bought our government, and they don't even try to hide it anymore. American democracy is a sham, and it's only going to get worse unless we do something about it. Vote! Get involved! Don't let the oligarchs win! So, the bottom line is this: voting matters. It's one of the most important things we can do to fight back against the wealthy elites and make sure that our voices are heard. So, if you haven't voted yet, make sure you do—it might just be the most important thing you do all year. So, get out there and vote! Show them that we're not going to take this lying down. In my dream, women are going to lead the rest of us through this dark time and into a new era of democracy! Let’s make it so!