Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 19 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

The Free Thinker: Why Vote?

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages)   6 comments
Message J.L. Morin
Become a Fan
  (4 fans)

People are asking why they should vote when the system doesn't seem to work. The few political parties we have look alike. Unemployment is higher than reported. The government bails out industry and hands it back to the banks.

There is the risk that the disenfranchised become apathetic rather than fighting for change. What if the dropouts just learn to live with the status quo again?

"The stakes are too high not to participate in a very ugly election-year race," says Gates of Eden author Charles Degelman, an artist who has spent a lifetime of resistance and activism.


Voter-Suppression Laws & Slavery

As the number of wealthy people in America decreases, one wonders where the Republicans are going to get their voting constituency. They have figured out that a non-vote is equivalent to a Republican vote, since the disenfranchised are mostly disillusioned Democrats. This is why the Republicans are spending so much money to make it more difficult to vote.

Republicans enacted strict photo ID requirements this year to disqualify voters in Georgia, Kansas, Indiana and Tennessee. Courts recently reversed new voter-suppression laws in Texas, Florida, South Carolina and Ohio.

In Pennsylvania, a swing state, the lower court upheld the voter ID law on August 15, and it has gone to the Supreme Court. This smacks of the Three-Fifths Compromise reached during the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 wherein three-fifths of the enumerated population of slaves would be counted for representation purposes.

On Tuesday, September 4th, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a speech to the N.A.A.C.P. that 25 percent of eligible black voters but only 8 percent of whites nationally do not have a photo ID.

African Americans were granted the right to vote under the 15th Amendment in 1870, but it wasn't until The Voting Rights Act of August 6, 1965 that legal barriers preventing their voting were actually overcome.

Not exercising the right to vote could mean losing it.  

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation estimates that about 9.2 percent of the state's 8.2 million registered voters do not have a state driver's license.

Fine line

Noam Chomsky says in his book Occupy, "There is nothing wrong with giving tentative support to a particular candidate as long as that person is doing what you want. But it would be a more democratic society if we could also recall them without a huge effort. There are other ways of pressuring candidates. There is a fine line between doing that and being co-opted, mobilized to serve someone else's interest."

Handing the government to corporations by not voting is closing off options, and as we learned from the financial industry, options are valuable.

  "Why would anyone want to hand corporations what's left of our democracy?" Says Degelman. Now the award-winning author spends his time arguing with disappointed liberals about not voting, voting for Romney, voting Green. He feels the stances Republicans and Democrats are taking on U.S.-driven foreign wars, the budget, social security, Medicare, and women's rights are drastically different.

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Must Read 1   Touching 1   Supported 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

J.L. Morin Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

J.L. Morin is the author of the award-winning epic tale of two teens in a fight to save a warming planet, the universe...and their love -- NATURE'S CONFESSION; "Occupy's First Bestselling Novel" TRADING DREAMS, a #1 bestseller in 'Political (more...)

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Free Thinker: Why Vote?

4 Things You Must Remember to Escape Nietzsche's "Slave Morality'

Job Creation for the Power Crazy

Voting is compulsory in over 25 countries

How Do You Finance Your Writing Habit?

My Loss: Whose Gain? A Case of Disappearing Stock

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend