The widely accepted notion is that the situation is so out of control, there is nothing we as voters can do about it. A sense of hopelessness infects the body politic.
Yet, nothing could be further from the truth. We vastly outnumber them. We the majority of citizens comprise a voting bloc that’s huge. There are some 180 million of us against a few thousand of them.
The key to harnessing this power is: 1) recognizing ultimately what a weapon we have via the voting booth; and 2) sticking together and standing our ground.
Granted, we don’t agree on everything.
But it’s astonishing how much we do agree on . . .
74% of American voters are for ending oil industry subsidies.
75% of voters want fair trade agreements protecting jobs, workers, the environment.
76% of voters want a cut back on military spending.
76% of voters want the U.S. completely out of Afghanistan.
79% of voters want no reductions in Social Security, 70% support expanding it.
79% of voters want no reductions in Medicare.
80% of voters oppose the Citizens United SCOTUS decision, 65% strongly opposing it.
68% of voters think taxes on the wealthy should be increased.
71% of voters support massive infrastructure renewal.
93% of voters want GMO labeling on their food.
It’s very clear that with consensus numbers like these, there is agreement across the political spectrum. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican, Democrat, independent, progressive, liberal, conservative, socialist, whether you belong to the Tea Party or Green Party. These are things huge majorities want done.
And they all have one thing in common.
THEY DON’T GET DONE!
It’s high time to put away our differences, forget about the labels. We’re all Americans. And our government has been stolen from us. It’s been bought lock-stock-and-barrel by the ultra-wealthy, the powerful plutocrats who don’t think we, the people who work hard and pay taxes, should have a say in running things.
There’s only one way to get our government back, and that’s to work together on those things we agree on. Put in office elected representatives who actually represent us, and start rebuilding a democracy that works for all of the people, not just the privileged few.