If we don’t vote, we’ll get HIM again

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I can’t remember a time where the news cycle is so fluid that you can’t even keep up with it. The media is undoubtedly earning their stripes in the era of Trump. When one scandal erupts over here, another one erupts over there. I go on Twitter for 10 minutes, and multiple stories are breaking all at once.

Is this what we signed up for? Sadly, yes, it is. According to Pew Research, Americans are one of the least active voting populations among developed countries, ranking 26 out of 32 countries in voter turnout. Belgium, for example, saw over 87 percent of voters turn out it 2014. Compare that to the approximately 56 percent who turned out in the 2016 American election, and it’s tough not to conclude that there’s a sizable portion of our population who are not engaged in our democracy.

And in 2016, that disengagement hurt the Democrats. Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton did not excite the base of the party that needed to be excited. While Hillary still beat Trump with over 88 percent of the African-American vote, the actual participation rate went down from 65 and 66 percent in 2012 and 2016, respectively. And it hurt her, especially in the critical battleground states.

We can’t put all the blame on African-Americans, however. We know there was voter suppression in many states. Poll hours decreased, voters removed from rolls, and strict voter ID laws were in place. All of these things certainly contributed. It’s why Democrats must nominate the right candidate to motivate not just African-Americans and Hispanics, but also the 18-24 year-olds who traditionally do not turn out in large enough numbers.

And let’s also not forget the massive Russian disinformation campaign that targeted so many groups in 2016. We may never know the real effect of foreign interference in that election. It was substantial, for sure.

So, when you account for all that went wrong in 2016, there can only be one solution: overwhelming turnout. And how do we get there? It can’t just be a “we all hate Trump” campaign. It’s going to take the right candidate to provoke the kind of civic engagement we’ll need to win in 2020.

Because if America doesn’t do better in 2020, we easily could see another four years of Donald Trump. And frankly, our democracy cannot take another four years of Trump because we’re already teetering on the edge of the abyss. Are Americans paying attention?

I want to think they are. Recent polling indicates that support for the impeachment inquiry now underway in the House, has risen since news broke of the President’s “perfect” phone call with the Ukrainian President. And the percentage of Americans saying Trump should leave office is rising as well. Even the most recent Fox News poll echoes these numbers–much to the President’s chagrin, of course.

But, we must also remember that Trump may survive all of this. It’s almost a certainty that the House will impeach him, but the subsequent trial in the Senate looks tenuous at best. As of now, if every member of the Democratic caucus votes to convict him, we’d need 20 Republican Senators to have a “come to Jesus” moment. Is it possible? Yes. Is it probable? Hell no.

So let’s all agree that he has an excellent chance to survive. And if he does, the American people will come to the rescue, or they will not. We know the formula: great candidate + motivated electorate = Victory. If we don’t follow the roadmap? We’ll get what we deserve–again.

One of Barack Obama’s most famous quotes from his campaign days occurred when he’d say something about his opponent, and the audience would subsequently boo. Obama’s simple reply always has stuck with me: “Don’t boo, vote!” It rang true then–it still rings true today.

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    1. Thanks Jill. I just know that we can’t think he’s just going to go away…impeachment/resignation etc…That mindset will not suffice. Biden says he’ll beat him like a drum. I like that idea!

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      1. Oh no … he won’t fade into oblivion and his supporters won’t either. I think the best we can do at this point is work to ensure a much higher level of participation next year. Beyond that, we have to hope that he is digging his own hole with at least some portion of his base. Yeah, I like that idea too, but you know … more and more I’m thinking Warren will end up being the nominee. Which is good and bad. Sigh. Let’s just impeach him and not leave it in the hands of the electoral college, okay?

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      2. That would be my preference Jill. Speaking of Warren though…did you hear she’s reportedly reached out to Andrew Gillum of Florida, as a possible running mate. I have to admit, that one intrigues me quite a bit. I think it’s very smart on her part if she’s considering him. What do you think?

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      3. I think Gillum would be GREAT!!! I also like Stacey Abrams, but we both know a ticket with two women would never fly. Wouldn’t it drive those racist trump-supporters nuts to have a woman and an African-American occupying the White House? But seriously, I admire Gillum and think he would be an asset!

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      4. Omg Jill, their heads would all explode. Yes, I’m with u on Gillum. I still think voter suppression screwed him in Florida. He’s got a bright future in my view.

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  1. That is indeed a huge problem, because the trump cult votes probably at about 90%.
    There is a large group of young people, minorities and people who are very anti government or just plain don’t care that don’t vote. And then there are the democrats and not nearly 90% of them vote.

    So in a way, we do get what we deserve.

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      1. I left a comment on her site … in moderation, of course. I did not insult or direct my remarks to or about any one individual. But of course, if the shoe fits …

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      2. I hear you Nan. I haven’t read any of her stuff. I might have to take a gander at it. But yes, no reason for insults. We have the facts on our side. When you confront them with actual facts, they usually unleash the vitriol, because they cannot defend HIM intelligently. Keeping our heads, debating intelligently….that’s how we win.

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  2. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    I know thirteen months seems like a long time, but … November 3rd 2020, election day in the U.S., will be here before you know it. It is not too soon to start thinking about some things. Oh sure, most who are reading this know that they will vote for the democratic nominee, no matter who it is. But what about those who won’t likely vote? Just this morning I saw a tweet that said if Biden is the nominee, she won’t vote. What, if anything, can we do to motivate and encourage everyone to vote? Our friend Jeff over at On the Fence Voters has written a thoughtful and thought-provoking post about this and I encourage you to read it, think about it. We’ll chat more soon, for I have some ideas. Thank you, Jeff!

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    1. Thank You Jill!! Yes, I’ve been on Twitter and seen some of these folks who want to pick up their toys and go home if their candidate doesn’t get the nomination. That’s so wrong!! That’s why you and I have an opportunity and a platform to say to people…..you can’t think like this!! Look where it got us in 2016. Unacceptable!!

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      1. That was a big part of what cost us the election in 2016 … many of Bernie’s supporters were so disgruntled because they felt he had not been treated fairly, that they either didn’t vote at all, voted for a third-party candidate, or worst of all, voted for Trump. Bernie pleaded with them to support Hillary, and some did, but a large majority decided to make a point. Well, they made their point and we’ve been paying the price ever since. We must somehow convince voters not to play games this time … this is too important to let egos and feelings get in the way of wise choices.

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      2. Absolutely. This is serious stuff. My buddy who wrote John Kasich in on his ballot. Ughhhh. That’s the sort of stuff that drives me crazy!

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      3. That’s just like throwing the ballot in the trash. Sigh. People can be so stupid … and then, you hear them complaining about one thing or another. To me … those who don’t take their right to vote seriously deserve whatever they get. Only problem is … they inflict it on those of us who don’t deserve it.

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  3. Oh yes we must definitely vote for any democrat who it finally is. Any would be a million times better than trump.
    Of course, we have favorites, but we must vote regardless.

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    1. Absolutely. Hard to believe he’ll survive everything. But, we must assume that he will. Anything less than a landslide and he’ll whine, complain, and claim the Dems rigged the election. Hell, he’ll probably do that anyway!

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  4. There are a million reasons to vote, but there are a million and one reasons to not vote. Apathy may be one of the latter, but the way you say it sounds accusatory, and no one appreciates being accused of something you know nothing about. Racism is just one aspect of apathy. Knock a person down enough times, they lose the desire to get back up. Accusing them of not getting back up is equivalent to kicking them while they are down. Who are you to judge them? Better to find a way to help them get back on their feet.
    As for gerrymandered states, what are you doing to help those voters who would like to vote, but can’t, get to the polling stations? The Republican voters love this, but the Democrat voters have the ability to combat it. If the polling stations are not allowed to come to the voters, bring the voters to the polling stations! Don’t just bitch, DO SOMETHING! Provide transportation, and safety. If voters are left off the electoral role, help them get back on it. TAKE ACTION!
    And please do not ever again say you cannot “put all the blame on the African-American” voters! Read what you said. You are implying you CAN put most of the blame, not “all” of It, maybe, but most. A racist comment if I ever heard one, even though I know you did not mean it that way. Choose your words wisely, non-voters come in every colour, race, religion, political stance or anti-political stance, urban, non-urban, etc., ad infinitum. To center out one group, any group, is not acceptable. You have 13 months to correct this error. Please accept responsibilty!
    I am Canadian, as you know, and I do not believe in democracy, but that does not mean I am not on your side. Dickhead Jockstrap Turdeater is a threat not just to the USA, but to the entire world, and every living being on it, including the much-maligned cockroaches. (We are depending on Americans to try to take back control of their country, and save us the trouble of dropping a small nuke on your White House. We burned it down once before, next time we will demolish it. And we truly do not want to do that!)

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    1. Thanks for the critical comments Rawgod. You never cease to find something in my posts that upset you. That’s fine. Of course it’s not meant as a racist comment. If it came out that way, my apologies. I was merely stating the statistical anomalies from the 2016 election, as opposed to the 2008 and 2012 elections. We did see a drop-off in African-American support in 2016. There were many reasons for this. I’ve been preaching in my posts since I started, about how the Republican Party is cheating their way to victory, instead of moderating their ideas. Suppressing the vote…it’s what they do best. They will continue to do so, unless Democrats fight them with the same vigor they fight Dems.
      It certainly doesn’t help that President Moron was able to nominate two right-wing whackos to the Supreme Court, who seem ready and willing to do his bidding. We will soon find out I’m sure, just how much bidding they will be doing for him, especially with impeachment proceedings going on. Will they uphold the rule of law, or will they uphold Donald Trump? Stay tuned.
      And by the way, why do you think I started doing this blog in the first place? It’s because I’m a concerned American. I’d grown sick and tired of being sick and tired of the Republican Party, and what they’ve been doing to our country. And then, the standard bearer, Donald Trump came to power, and I decided enough was enough. This IS my activism. I have something to say. I have ideas as to where I think we need to go in this country. The fact you read my posts, and want to debate me is what this is all about. I can tell you’re passionate about politics, and even though you’re from Canada, I can tell you pay attention to what’s going on down here. I appreciate that. I’ve always had the utmost respect for Canadians, and it really sucks that this president doesn’t give a rat’s ass about your country, or really any country where he doesn’t think it benefits HIM.
      So the next 13 months, you can bet I will be all in. I want a Democratic President, and a Democratic Congress. I’m going to do my best to make that happen. Where I live, a deep-red county in Oregon, I did my best to help elect a wonderful candidate for a state Senate seat. I interviewed her for 45 minutes, posted it on my blog, and she posted it on her Facebook account and other places. Unfortunately, she lost. It’s tough to change people’s minds out here, but I’m trying Rawgod. I’m trying.

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      1. Hi, Jeff. I guess I need to make something clear. When I use the word you, I am seldom ever talking directly to you, second person singular (2ps). Generally I am talking to you, second person plural (2pp), meaning all Americans (and sometimes all humans everywhere). I appreciate what you are doing, which is why I comment. (I don’t use “likes” because I hate “likes.”) I like to use words, if that makes sense.
        I would never expect you (2ps) to fund transportation to polls for gerrymandered electoral booths all over America, but I would hope you — the Democrat Party — would see fit to arrange that. And next time the Dems are in power write an iron-clad law preventing such anti-democratic antics from ever taking place again. And so on.

        And I hope you do not think I read those posts Jill finds outstanding just to criticize you. Far from it. I am hoping to help you look at what you write not from your point-of-view, but from your readers povs. I am not trying to be politically correct, I am trying to help for everyone to be spiritually (not religiously, but life-enhancing) uplifting. And this is why I write.
        Trump and his ilk are blots on the face of humanity, and on the face of our world. They live for themselves, and only themselves. All they care about is owning money, and there is no spirit in money. They take it upon themselves to tell everyone else how to live, so they can live any damn way they want to live. And they tell anyone who will listen that is what life is about. Critical thinkers see right through that, but since most of your schools teach how to be a cog in the wheels of capitalism, and not how to think critically, they have lots of wage-slaves to support them.
        Sorry for ranting, but I get carried away so easily…

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      2. No problem Rawgod. Believe me, I appreciate your feedback. I really do. You do care. We need as many people out there caring as you and I do. I know that might be a bit delusional on my part. But geez, if what we have now in the White House doesn’t get people off their butts and motivated, I don’t know what will. Peace brother!!

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  5. Jeff, good post. We must vote. The majority of Brits did not want Brexit, but those against did not vote, as too many younger adults felt it was in thr bag. Polls mean nothing if people don’t show up, that is why they have standard deviations. Trump got elected as much for those folks he got to stay home who were luke warm to Hillary.

    In both cases, people complained after the result. Don’t complain afterwards if you did not vote. As an independent voter in North Carolina, I have witnessed calculated efforts to cheat by the Republican Party that have been overturned in courts as unconstitutional. Both sides have cheated, but with ALEC, I witnessed cookie cutter language to suppress votes by the GOP. The innocent sounding Voter ID law masked orchestrated efforts to restrict early voting, college voting, and Sunday voting, all of which favored Dems, while ignoring where most cheating occurred in absentee ballots. It should not be a surprise that cheating on absentee voting caused a GOP candidate to lose the seat he just won in NC District 9.

    When one side cheats in such an orchestrated way, to me it shows a dearth of ideas. I shared with the writer of the Voter ID law before it was passed that the law he was drafting was Jim Crow-like and would be ruled unconstitutional. He ripped me a new one. My response based on my age at the time was I am a 54 year old southern white man and former Republican, we both know what this law is all about. It was later ruled unconstitutional.

    Please vote. Or, don’t complain. We might end up with this corrupt bully as president for four more years. Keith

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  6. It is time for all Americans who care for the state of the USA to get out there and vote out this travesty (and minority by 3,000,000…yep count ’em 3,000,000 votes).
    There can be no credible excuse for anyone who truly cares for their own futures and those of their children not to vote, it is not just Trump it is the mindset which goes with him that needs to be voted out and by a very larger majority.
    Campaign now and keep on campaigning, stir up the aphetic and the smug (for one day ‘they’ will come for those groups too)

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      1. Happened in the UK
        1951: Conservatives; 13,717,851
        Labour: 13,948,385
        In later elections Labour + Liberal vote exceeded the Conservatives who won the overall number of parliamentary seats.
        This is due to our system of a party winning a parliamentary seat in a ‘First past the post’ system of votes in each constituency.
        A common problem with Democracies, whatever system you use is that very often the winners are in an overall minority.
        As we know the result in the USA’s 2016 election was the Electoral College…ironically put in place, as I understand it to avoid rule by ‘The Mob’; which it can be argued caused Trump to win in 2016 as all his supporters came out and all his opponents didn’t.
        In 2020 if you don’t vote you support Trump, by default; simple as that.

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      2. As Obama used to say all the time…Democracy is messy. It sure is. I don’t know what system is best. Ours certainly could use an overhaul in my opinion. But until then, you’re absolutely correct: stay home? elect HIM. Can’t get much simpler than that!

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      3. When I was still ‘not a teen’ I chanced upon a US TV series ‘Slattery’s People’ (1964-65); a drama that focused on the travails of a local politician and the day to day issues. Each episode opened with this statement:
        “Democracy is a very bad form of government. But I ask you never to forget: All the others are so much worse.”
        Despite my own at times rather acerbic views I have never forgotten those words; they pull me back from political excesses.
        Voting is not simply a privilage or a right, it is a solemn duty, honouring and respecting those who paid for this in blood and suffering.

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  7. Thanks Keith. Yeah, the stuff going on in N.C was and is disturbing. And it’s going on in other states as well. The 2020 election will be important, not just nationally, but statewide as well. The R’s recognized this in 2010, and look what they did…gerrymandered their way to dominating statehouses all over the country. Dems better not get caught napping this time. It’s a census year and the same thing can happen if Dems do not have a long-term plan. Obama and Eric Holder are doing some good work on this. Hopefully, it will pay dividends!

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