This is fairly cut and dried too by Merwin

They felt confident in taking from us, the thing we did not seem to care about.

Every election that I ever (sort of) paid attention to from since I was a kid, had one thing in common, each of them had meager turn-outs. I remember some of those times (not many) when the talking heads would report a "huge turn-out of 60% of registered voters being at the polls!".

Think about it, an election day having 60% of "registered voters" was considered huge? And then we need to stop and take stock of the facts that...
1) This was rare and considered remarkable by the talking heads.
AND...
2) This was only those that had registered to vote, with most "eligible" citizens not even registering... WHY?

APATHY... maybe, trust of our fellow citizenry who is keeping abreast of the issues is also possible.

Whatever the reason is... it is being translated into "We don't care what you do to 'We the People'", by the Corporate & Centralized Banking, power brokers. And then, that trickles down to the people that get elected, by "the few that do care".

And so... who are those that care? It could be you and me. It could be those that have an agenda that you and I do not like, such as, those that would just as soon do away with our Constitution.

So when our Constitution no longer resembles (even a little) a document that defines and safeguards Our Liberty... (sooner than you think) who you gonna call?

I am firm about the definitions of freedom.

I have heard many times, "If you don't vote, you don't have a right to complain." That is just plain stupid... I'm sorry, but it is..! Because freedom, defined by our Constitution declares our right to be stupid and to say dumb things like that, as well as, our right to complain even if we did not vote.

What may have been more accurate was/is, "If you do not vote, you may soon lose your rights, and among them your right to complain."

What is "cut and dried" is, if we do not get up off our lazy obese backsides and demand respect, restoration and maintenance of our precious Constitution we will soon be blatant slaves of Corporate interests, much worse than we are now.

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

I'm all for low turn out. The lower the better. It creates a better informed electorate IMO.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

Great piece. What I find interesting is the push back from the people. Wisconsin and Ohio immediately come to mind. People whom never voted got involved, go figure.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Really good hub. I have very mixed feelings on this subject. On one hand, I feel it is the duty of every American citizen to go to the polls and vote for those they think would best watch out for our best interests.

But we all know there are those who merely push the "D" or "R" button at every election. Lack of voter education is almost as bad as voter apathy. Many go to the polls with the latest smear ad they remember from TV, and vote with that as their criteria. Voter education would be a wonderful thing, but not likely to happen anytime soon. The country is now so divided most will vote with their party rather than for any individual candidate. How sad is this?


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CoauthorU 4 years ago from Inland Northwest, USA Author

Thanks for reading the piece...

I think we all tend to take it for granted what the other guy is or is not about.

We see the conditions and it becomes immediately obvious that things are desperately wrong... and, that this and that have contributed to the catastrophes.

I believe the thing that will make the power brokers take notice and perhaps say "oops" or maybe even "oh crap!" is huge voting.

It really does not matter that much the education or proclivity of the individuals, other than they have registered for the first time and are voting.

The fact that this may happen would be enough to say to our oppressors, that things are happening that has motivated the masses to care. And if they care, they may become educated, and if educated... they will choose Liberty.


Matthew 4 years ago

I try to vote every time the polls are open. My daughters do NOT vote cause in their words "I don't want to get called for jury duty" Oi! Tried talking with them about "civic duty" and "what if everyone thought that way?". To no avail...


geordmc 4 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

Well written and very true! The problem is voter apathy, the old "Why bother, it will never change" mentality. If enough people voted one way or the other you just might see some change.


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TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Hey my man,excellent hub. I'm not sure I completely agree with you about voting. Or maybe I do .. My beautiful wife doesn't always vote but it's never stopped her from complaining.(just kidding) Seriously,I'm constantly reminded of that quote .. “By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy - indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction” William Osler (Canadian Physician, 1849-1919)And there's another one that said .. "Democracy will not die of ambush, but by a slow agonizing death from neglect, abandonment, and apathy" or something close to that. Since starting the Housefire Project, I've come to realize just what a problem apathy is. Keeping people attentive and excited takes every motivational skill I've got,and I can't let up, not even a day.

I'm not sure we have the right to tell someone that they can't complain if they didn't vote, but we probably ought to tell them that anyway, just to get them off their butts. Sometimes people get discouraged about voting when the only thing they have to pick from is a couple bums, but they need to vote anyway. Otherwise I think it creates fertile soil for apathy. of course I'm one to talk. I was in a political coma all my life up until a year and a half ago. I've left the world of business, and dedicated my life to building this organization. It's the biggest challenge I've ever faced, but I'm having a great time.

Once again, good work my friend. We're sure gonna like you!

Jim


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CoauthorU 4 years ago from Inland Northwest, USA Author

Thanks Jim...

I definitely want to know more about your movement. I need to remind myself (getting older by the minute) to visit the sight again and then again. I am not one to commit easily or halfway, nor am I one to be easily moved away from something once I have committed.

Time certainly flies when you think you're having fun, and time is a wasting so I will give your sight and movement another look right after having finished here.

Thanks for your comments and your recent "fan mail" on my profile. Very kind words, I am sure that we do have the beginnings of a good friendship, again thanks.

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