One of the most disappointing aspects of our democracy, to me, is voter apathy. It amazes me that we are given the precious right of being able to choose our representatives and as many as half of eligible Americans don’t even make the effort to get to the polls. The numbers are even worse when it’s a mid-term election, as this November’s will be, occurring half-way through a president’s four-year term.
As is evident in the name of this weekly column, my perspective is from the Left. I’m a Liberal, which means I actually want to protect our environment, I’m for equal rights for all citizens, and I believe in a social safety net designed to catch and save those in need who’ve fallen through the cracks in America.
And, from my position on the Left, I’m saying very clearly that there’s never been a more important time to show up at the polls and cast your vote.
What happens when you don’t? Just look at the incomprehensibly corrupt and inept administration in Washington DC and you’ll see the most glaring example in American history. The elections this November represent our chance to yank the sniveling army of spineless sycophants in Congress who’ve enabled the buffoon in the White House and toss them onto history’s trash heap. Also, if the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is still in office by that time, we’ll potentially have majorities in both houses, making the path to impeachment much easier.
Clearly, I have a very strong opinion on this matter and a bias from the Left. But it isn’t as though I only hold this opinion because I’m a Liberal. My utter contempt for Trump and his band of crooks has been well earned over this past year of incessant lies, nepotism, egomania, and narcissism.
We have the power to fix our democracy. The power is your vote and mine. Please, please do not waste that precious right. The future of America is at stake. And you conservatives? I suggest you either switch your allegiance or stay home on Election Day and reflect on your grave error in judgment in 2016.
Dave Mulligan is a local Reno resident of over 25 years. He is a published author (Mulligan’s Wake), television producer and a left-leaning political activist (Masses Unite). He lives happily on the Truckee River and is the married father of three (his most important role, according to Dave).