Where has our dream gone of a country governed for and by the people? Why has our vision disappeared? It is just accepted now that we can’t do anything to change Washington or the politicians.
There is an election in just two weeks and the interest is minimal according to the pollsters. Just this year we have seen that India had an unprecedented 65% of eligible voters vote, standing in line for hours to participate in the greatest duty of a citizen living in a democracy. The people rose up and elected “their” candidate and ousted the Congress party that had been in power since the late 40’s when India became independent. That was May 2014.
In September , 2014 there was a referendum for an independent Scotland. There was 85% eligible voter turnout! Promises for additional devolved powers were made by the English Prime Minister if Scotland would vote “No” for Independence. The vote was 45% Yes and 55% No. Guess what? The politicians that “Promised” more autonomy to Scotland are now back pedaling and giving all sorts of reasons to be unable to fulfill their promises. What are the Scots doing? Are they just accepting that this is politics and their dream is unfulfillable ? No, there are rallies, court cases, and strong leaders stepping up to be the drivers of the dream. All possiblites of irregularities in voting and even outright cheating is being investigated. They accept they have hit a road bump, but they are speeding ahead after recovering from the disappointment of the vote.
Now to the United States. . . . what % of eligible voters participate here ? According to Pew Research the voting in an off year election when the president is not up for election or reelection is 37% (2010). On the last year of presidential election (2012) , a mere 54% of voters participated.
People need to be informed and educated voters and then vote, tell your politicians of your needs, get involved or we may wake up one morning and this “grand experiment” of democracy in the United States of America will be over !
Your thoughts please?