Disappointed Voters become Disappearing Constituents by Granny
January 14, 2012
The Republican Presidential primary campaign season has just begun and the last few wanna-be’s are confirming President Obama’s response about his preference for an opponent. The President said he perferred to wait and see who will be standing after all the other candidates are “… voted off the island”.
In the meantime you and me gasp in embarrassment as we witness a group of shallow-brained Republican candidates insist they can lead America to a better future. Their message is filtered through homophobic pronouncements, racist statements, exclusive economics, and religious piety. It has caused laughter from people across all nations hundreds of years older than us–infants in comparison to the rest of the civilized World around the plantet.
This season of campaigning often described by media pundits as a “reality show” has caused many Americans to shut down, throw their hands up and in a deafening cacophony of wails, shout their disinterest and vow not to vote on November 6. Voters are disappointed.
Somehow Pennsylvania’s Disappointed wrongfully morphed into 65% of registered voters who Disappeared in November 2011 leaving an average of 35% of registered voters to choose the new Rulers. That disappointment margin has created a Republican party controlling government in Pennsylvania: The Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches of our Commonwealth…They Now Rule.
In Bucks County it returned an administration and a lot of Row Office holders consumed with ancient ideas that continue to produce a moldy, stagnant direction to lead.
The Disappeared also came true in the November 2011 elections in Bucks. We were offered a genuine opportunity to change the direction of County government. It was a chance to replace smarmy incompetency with dedicated leadership. I know of what I speak: As a former 20-year employee at the County, many times my head shook in disgust witnessing the lack of inclusive governance. In my October 29, 2010 post, Now is the Time To Get In The Way, I wrote, “…they remind me of someone who’s been employed at the same place… who shows up for work every day; and with clipboard securely tucked under arm, struts throughout the building with a superior attitude, appearing to be irreplaceable, but in truth, not completing one iota of work for the betterment of the company.”
During the 2011 elections many voters were unaware that the 2012 incoming legislators going to Harrisburg were given the power to recommend a change of legislative lines that will determine where you and I vote for candidates running at the State and Federal levels. In many cases these lines give us a narrow voting choice and favor the majority legislative party at the state and federal level of representation. In many cases these lines have divided your neighborhood and/or community. So few know the power of this process which you can read in my April 11, 2011 post, Redistricting is the thief taking away my country.
35% of Pennsylvanians voted into office a governor whose support came heavily from the gas and oil industry. This allegiance from Them to Him will forever change our Commonwealth –
Where trees will be replaced by ugly drilling towers.
Where polluted water, running unseen in acquifers underground across local-county-state boundaries, may pop up in wells or rivers or streams to cause irrreversible damage to humans, plants and animals.
Where narrow macadam roads, buckling from the recurring load of trucks transporting ditritus matter of all kinds will require the replacement of those roads. Replacements where money is not available from local governments.
Where the air becomes so foul it permeates the bodies of resident and worker alike creating severe illnesses—many undiagnosed because the gas and oil drilling industry has no regulatory responsibility to inform you and me of the chemicals used to frack for gas from underneath Pennsylvania land.
Where proposed legislation allowing Corporations to use Eminent Domain may negate any and all local zoning rules in order to frack for gas on your land or your neighbor’s land.
Oh yeah—I’m Disappointed. But I refuse to Disappear. Next Post–it’s all about the Nation. Don’t be a Disappeared Voter who has become Disappointed.
2 Responses to “Disappointed Voters become Disappearing Constituents by Granny”
David J. Cyr January 25th, 2012 at 8:30 pm
Voting could become useful for good purpose, if all the people who want good government policies would stand and vote for them; instead of near all continuing to waste elections by greed or fear filled running to affirmatively vote for (R) & (D) evil, or wasting elections by simply not standing to vote.
The (D) dedicated “progressive” liberals have spent their lives voting for the devious faction of the corporate party; then daily urgently begging them not to do the evil that they (D) voted for. All those who have refused to vote have been counted as having acquiescence voted for all the same evil shit that the corporate collaborating Republican and Democrat voters voted together for.
While the corporate party’s conservative lunatic Republican and liberal maniac Democrat factions feverishly fight among themselves over which of the corporate persons’ money manufactured candidates should manage four more years of malevolent militarism and malicious malfeasance, the Greens stand in true opposition.
While the gangs of really retrograde Republican voters and deeply depraved Democrat voters run together — each seeking to be more corporate-state collaborative than the other — the Greens stand to provide voters an actual and accessible alternative to the corporate (R) & (D) party’s sociopathic neoliberal policies.
Jill Stein for President:
Voter Consent Wastes Dissent:
Madeline Rawley January 26th, 2012 at 12:28 am
Excellent commentary on the Disappeared – those who did not come out to vote in 2010 and 2011 elections. Voters don’t seem to understand the importance of so-called off-year elections, meaning an election that does not have the race for President on the ballot. 75% of the voters turned out in the 2008 Presidential election.
Unfortunately, some of those voters may not be able to vote when they come to the polls this November 2012 because they may not have the right kind of Photo ID required if a bill in the legislature becomes law. You will not be able to vote if you can not show a driver’s license, a passport, a college/university student ID or a care facility ID. Those DISAPPOINTED voters will join DISAPPEARED voters.
The Senate amended HB 934 Photo ID bill is now in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Please call the chair of that committee, Senator Corman 717-787-1377 and tell the aide who answers the call that the PHOTO ID bill is unnecessary ( virtually no voter impersonation fraud, disenfranchising, and costly). It should not pass out of the Appropriations Committee.
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