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Case for voting to a caller who sees no point in voting due to the gerrymander

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The gerrymander in Red-States is at hideous proportions and with that, they've distorted our democracy. The laws that are passed, appointments, and judges selected are anathema to the people they serve.

A caller initially suggest we cave to the gerrymander

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A caller to Politics Done Right was adamant about the senselessness of voting in our gerrymandered congressional districts. I made the case why proactivity and engagement can make gerrymandering moot.

I told the caller that I live in a very red district. My goal is not to continue speaking solely to people who agree with my Progressive point of view. That is pointless since it does not expand our base.

For some time, with a fairly positive level of success, I engage neighbors who have developed a trust in me and expanded the conversation to politics. I make it clear I am not trying to change their political affiliation. It gives a certain degree of leverage.

What many people on all sides fail to see are too many times ones political affiliation is their identity, their religions. What I try to do is give them the freedom to hold onto their core political party belief at the same time voting their interest. In other words, I am not asking them not to a Republican but to remember when they go into that booth only they and God knows their vote. More importantly, that vote can determine both their children and their futures.

Anecdotally, Republican friend approached me in the gym recently and told me he was going to make my day. He said, "Egberto, I am going to make your day. I am still a Republican but I voted for Beto and I will likely vote for a Democrat for President. But I am still a Republican." And yes, he started and ended making sure I understood he was still a Republican. That was good enough for me.

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Egberto WilliesEgberto Willies is a political activist, author, political blogger, radio show host, business owner, software developer, web designer, and mechanical engineer in Kingwood, TX. Egberto is an ardent Liberal that believes tolerance is essential. His favorite phrase is "political involvement should be a requirement for citizenship". He believes that we must get away from the current policies that reward those who simply move money/capital and produce nothing tangible for our society. If a change in policy does not occur, America will be no different than many oligarchic societies where a few are able to (more...)
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