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Drowning In Apathy (up-date)

Updated on October 9, 2016

Drowning In Apathy

© by Shyron Shenko

Watching how the voting went without your vote?
Watching how the voting went without your vote?

I don't want to hear complaining as before

That the wolves are at your door

You are the one who invited them in

Because their threats you chose to ignore


So as the victors become entrenched

Mired in mud and unbelievable stench

Are you now wondering why

Those of us who voted-don't want to hear you cry

Now because of your apathy

When you find you liberties taken away

I hope you will remember the day

At polls, apathy kept you away


Don't say our President needs to step up to the plate

When it was you, to the stampeding hoard

You opened the gate

You have left our President in a fragile state


I had such confidence that we would see

That the truth would win out

And would keep us free

But we underestimated those drowning in apathy


Complacency keeps ill-doing alive

— Shauna Bowling a.k.a. bravewarrior

You voters for President 2016

Open up your eyes

To see what it means

If in apathy you do not vote

It just may be all they wrote

A note from my friend Sharon who lives in Colorado

People of Colorado, I do not understand you. You defeat that awful Personhood Amendment, and then turn around and elect the jackass who co-wrote and sponsored it to the Senate. What is wrong with you?!


© 2014 Shyron E Shenko

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    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 16 hours ago from North Texas

      A lot of analysts seem to think one of the big things that lost Hillary the election is that so many people stayed home and didn't vote at all! They imagined she was going to win and didn't need their vote. Don't they know that one must pull the lever or mark the ballot in order for one's vote to be counted? One can't simply face the direction of the polls in their area and concentrate their thoughts on it and make their vote count.

      Wouldn't be so bad if these people too lazy to vote and the ones who actually did vote for the winner were the only ones to suffer the results of their choice, but unfortunately, we all must suffer their poor judgment.

      Apparently FB handing over all the info on the ads the Russians ran is making Trump nervous. He always shouts "fake news" when it worries him, imagining his supporters will be inoculated against the truth. While he seems to be correct in that his supporters refuse to believe when he orders them to do not to do so, he forgets they are in fact the minority.

      I'm told cooler weather is on the way and I can hardly wait. Hope you, John, and Chipper, are getting through this last bit of hot weather before fall really arrives. I know it already did officially, but the weather always seems to be a little behind. Blessings dear friend. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 13 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments.

      This is just like our local politics in my town; the people are too apathetic, or unconcerned to vote. And yet they are the first ones to complain when something is done/not done they don’t approve of.

      It is a terrible injustice (no pun intended) that our President is denied his constitutional right to choose the Supreme Court Justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia, no matter what party he belongs to.

      If Mr. Trump runs the country like he ran his businesses, does that mean he will bankrupt our country?

      The people who are saying they can’t understand how Hillary keeps getting away crimes, crimes that she did not commit, and these people want to convict Hillary of the crime for not leaving her husband for his infidelity.

      I believe that slander is a crime.

      It isn’t just that people want to place blame on individuals for incidences that are beyond their authority but things they could not possible have any control over. The thing that really gets me is when they hire someone like Ken Starr to go after the President and these people cheer even when he jails someone (Susan McDougal) falsely because they refuse to lie for the liars.

      The children who will be voting this year were 10 years old when President Obama was elected and most were too busy with school, and sports to pay attention to politics and don’t have a clue about anything political.

      The reality is that the economic disaster of the George W. Bush Presidency that was looming in 2008 was averted by decisive action of the current administration. Jobs were created despite the obstruction of the current Congress; the auto industry was salvaged and is now thriving. Jobs have been/are being created. Americans have protection through the Wall Street reform legislation, the new consumer protection agency and health care reform (i.e. The Affordable Care Act ).

      And now that the building blocks of respect in the world has been restored, the bully Trump wants to knock them all down again.

      The other countries must think like one of the scammers that calls me all the time and want to get into my computer by remote access said when I asked him if he thought all Americans are stupid and he said yes.

      God help us if Donald Trump is elected.

      Blessings and Hugs my dear friend

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      C E Clark 13 months ago from North Texas

      Despite how things are looking with The Donald shooting himself in the foot daily, indeed several times a day! -- he could still win in November and because of Democrats more than any other reason. Democrats have a tendency to stay home for some reason and not bother voting. That's how so many Republicans get into office all the time.

      This is not a year to stay home. There are justices to be appointed to the Supreme Court and other important issues to be resolved. We need someone who can see past the bottom line of today, because decisions made will effect us all for the rest of our lives.

      Running a country is very different from running a business. The idea is to see that everyone is safe and healthy. That the needs of the citizens are met. Countries aren't supposed to be in it for a quick profit made by the most expedient means.

      Read a comment by one of our fellow hubbers the other day and she said she couldn't understand how Hillary keeps getting away with crime after crime all these years and never gets prosecuted. The thing is, if Hillary had committed crimes for the past 20 or more years she wouldn't have gotten away with it. There is no proof, no evidence, and lies made up by her opponents and enemies do not count as evidence against her. The Attorney General knows that as do all thinking people. It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that if there was anything to the accusations her enemies created and spread, she would have been in jail long ago.

      For some reason people in this country don't seem to understand that a president is NOT a dictator, at least not here in the U.S. Well, neither is a Secretary of State. That seems to be what many people want because they blame individuals for things that are beyond their authority and power constantly. Thing is, if we actually had a dictatorship like these people seem to think we should have, they would either think twice about parroting the gossip and lies they hear or disappear in the night.

      The main thing is for Democrats to get out and vote this year. It's never been more important. All hands on deck!!

      Sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 14 months ago from Texas

      Shauna, thank you for the comment and quote. That one sentence summed up our local politics, out of 45,000 registered voters just under 5,000 is all that voted.

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      Shauna L Bowling 14 months ago from Central Florida

      Excellent poem, Shyron. I'm honored that my remark about complacency resonated enough with you to find a spot on this page.

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      Shyron E Shenko 14 months ago from Texas

      I just took a quote from Shauna (bravewarrior)'s "How to Combat Plagiarism" and put it in a quote here.

      Shauna, I hope you don't mind. If you do let me know and I will delete it.

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      Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, this is one that describes our local election, the evil side made up lies and they were believed. But, actually the Republicans have figured out a way to unseat the Donald and replace him with Paul Ryan.

      Bernie is the spoiler in this race, he says the Democrats are a crooked party! I know, I know he is running as a Democrat, but he plans to wreck the Democratic party and turn it into the Independent Party.

      Thank you for the comment and for sharing this.

      Blessings and hugs.

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      C E Clark 16 months ago from North Texas

      Austinstar, agreed!

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      Austinstar 16 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      And besides that, Au fait, we need to elect a Democratic Congress as well! Fire the obstructionists and let's get some real work done!

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      C E Clark 16 months ago from North Texas

      Unless Democrats want to elect The Donald by default, it has never been more imperative that they get out and vote this coming November. I don't care if some people think Hillary will win by a landslide. She Will NOT WIN at all if Democrats don't vote. Trump will be the next president unless Democrats get off their DAs and get out and vote!!

      Hope you're having a good day. Enjoy the teeny bit cooler temps while you can as it won't be long and they'll be gone for good. Blessings dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and sharing. I did hear about the independent thing, neither one of them is going to run independent, that would help Hillary and the only thing they are concerned about other than the power they want is beating her.

      It is easy to predict something after it happens.

      I will check out The Statue of Jesus with a Heart Beat. I did check it our and there are 2 and it says "Comment has been deleted by the user." on both of them, is the user you or me? I wonder if this is the same thing that happened when I put a comment on Barbara Kay's hub about German Christmas Customs.

      I hope all is well with you, Blessings and hugs.

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      C E Clark 21 months ago from North Texas

      I don't think people are drowning in apathy much these days with The Donald and Dr. Carson spicing things up. Have you heard? Both of them are threatening to run Independently if the Republican Party tries any shenanigans to broker the choice of nominee because they don't like Trump.

      Frankly, I love it! I think this has to be the most exciting campaign ever to occur in my lifetime. More people are paying attention than ever before and I think if things keep on as they are that a lot of people will vote in the next presidential election.

      What's odd (to me) is that a polling company (can't remember the name of it) that is said to have correctly predicted who would win the presidential elections since the mid 70s early in the campaigns is saying Bernie Sanders will win against Jeb Bush. That would be an interesting twisty turnie wouldn't it? Wonder if this will be a correct prediction again, or perhaps their first wrong one? Seems unlikely at this point.

      Sharing again.

      Never could get a comment on your hub about the statue of Jesus. Check and see if there's one on it. I've tried at least 5 times, but so far it hasn't worked that I can tell.

      Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, my dear friend thank you so very much for the comments and sharing. I appreciated you more than you will ever know.

      I wonder how many voters watch both/all the debates to see the difference so they get the glaring contrast. These debates tell you a lot, like who debated the issues facing our country and the ones who were in the mudslinging fight right there on stage.

      I realize that a lot of people are entertained by the mudslinging.

      Looks like it is going to rain and I have to get out side before John climbs a tree.

      Blessings and Hugs my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 23 months ago from North Texas

      I have only seen part of the first Democratic debate on YouTube and will finish watching it later today. Was watching it on my phone las' night and it suddenly just quit, and that was that. Seemed like it was interesting.

      Of course it is midterm elections that are ignored the most; when most people fail to vote. There is usually a good turn out for presidential elections, especially when there is no incumbent.

      So hot again today. Already 96 F., which was supposed to be the high for the day and it's not even 1 PM. Temp is still rising for another 4 hours.

      An interesting article. Sharing again. Hope all is well with you guys. Blessings and hugs, dear friend. Take care . . .

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Speaking of drowning in apathy, will you be watching the Republican debate tonight? There are 2 again. The first one has 4 contenders at 6 PM, and the big debate with 11 contenders is at 8 PM.

      Should be interesting. I think The Donald has contributed a lot towards diminishing the apathy.

      Sharing this article of course.

      Hope you are well and still taking care even though temps are down a little, it's still pretty hot. Sent you an email with what I hope will be some helpful info. Blessings and hugs dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, I personally think Donald caved to the demands of the GOP tea baggers, when he signed the pledge of allegiance to the Republican Party.

      I will check out The Trump Phenomenon.

      Blessings and hugs my friend

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      It's a long shot, but if The Trumpster can maintain his lead and actually get the Republican nomination and still maintain his lead after that, there could possibly be the biggest turn out at the voting booth ever recorded. He has lots of people paying attention that normally don't. Not just people who don't usually pay attention early on, but people who never pay attention. He might be just the thing to get rid of the apathy.

      I see people all day long and they're all talking about The Donald. All excited. He's got a lot of people on both sides stirred up now. Sharing this of course.

      I put a lengthy comment on ericdierker's hub, The Trump Phenomenon and it offended some people. You may want to check it out and comment yourself.

      Hope you're keeping cool in this awful heat. Be sensible and stay inside as much as possible. There is nothing outside worth either of your lives or your health. Blessings and hugs . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Kim, thank you for the comment, and up-votes. My sons are a bit older than yours but give me hope also.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend

      Shyron

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Shyron,

      You are right on the mark with this one. Praying our younger voters will not be caught up in the same mire. My sons are 23 and 29, so I am privy to their thoughts and those of their peers. They give me hope. Voted Up for sure.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing this again. You are right about all of your comment.

      I am thinking that this developer is going to win, and this scares me, but I will not roll over and play dead.

      The good news is the entire city council will be replaced as each member's term ends. You can see who our core group has chosen to replace the one who is bought by the developer.

      I have to fine tune my speech for tomorrow.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Funny how so many people have allowed themselves to be convinced that voting is all there is to it. Once every few months or years they go to the polls, cast their vote, and then they can forget about things again until next time. Sort of like thinking of God on Christmas and Easter and never giving Him a thought the rest of the year.

      What is needed is to give our politicians the same treatment your developer is getting. We need to be riding their butts constantly, always looking over their shoulders to keep them honest and let them know we're still there, still watching, still expecting good things. That will do more than any vote.

      Voting and then going home and sitting down and keeping one's mouth shut except for the occasional complaint doesn't get things done. They know from our previous behavior that once we vote we'll be satisfied we got to have a say, and now it's back to business as usual. Letting us vote is a means of controlling us so we don't ride their butts like you're neighborhood is doing to that developer.

      What do you think would happen across the street from where you live if you'd had an opportunity to vote on this thing? Would everyone have dutifully cast their vote and then gone home to put up with whatever was done despite the wishes of the community? I bet they would have.

      If you don't hold the politicians feet to the fire daily, hourly even, they will forget about the people and think only of themselves. After all, if no one is gonna be a thorn in their side, why bother doing what's best for the community when their own bank account wants attention? Note, I didn't say 'needs' attention. Most of them get rich while in office because there is no one to be a thorn in their side. Once everyone votes, they go home and go back to their apathetic pathetic lives and that's the end of it. Politicians know that and act accordingly. Even your city council doesn't really get the message and plan to do things as usual because they don't take your group seriously.

      You have to think of something to wake them up and make them realize it's not gonna be easy street if they don't do what's right. You have to follow through and make their lives miserable if they sell you out. Picket their houses with ugly signs that say they were bought out, etc. Call their offices regularly and leave sweet messages so they don't cut you off, but make sure they know you aren't happy. That's assuming they sell you out which they will surly try their best to do.

      All politicians are the same. Ride their butts and hold their feet to the fire or they will stop caring about you and focus on what fattens their own coffers.

      Sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Gusi, thanks for the visit.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Patricia, yes we must fend the wolves off. With all the good friends on HP and our positive energy we can do most anything.

      I appreciate you so very much.

      Angels are on the way back with Blessings and hugs from me to you.

      Shyron.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      The wolves may come but we can fend them off if we do our part to make our community, state, and country strong.

      Apathy can be a killer but we can overcome it if we do not allow ourselves to be mired in cynicism.

      You know, that I am a firm believer in the power of positive energy and thinking which must be coupled with action on our part.

      Angels are once again winging their way to you ps

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      Gusi 2 years ago

      Yes and no. My oldest doesn't event thuogh I wish she would! My 12 year old plays football and my 4 year old takes 2 different dance classes. My 2 year old will start dance in January.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Larry, for the comment and for following me, I really appreciate you. I hope we don't hit rock bottom, but that may be what it takes.

      Blessings

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you smnoman, for dropping by, I do plan to keep on writing.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Enjoyed this poem greatly.

      My wife and I have just had our first child. I worry so much about the opportunities she will have in the future. It's not a matter of whether or not things will get better. Things always get better, eventually. Whether or not it's in your lifetime is another question.

      I just worry that we'll have to hit rock bottom before people finally pull their heads out and realize this isn't the way things have to be.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Kevin!

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I sure will Shyron! We can not run out of smiles. :-)

      Have a nice weekend! :-)

      Kevin

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Kevin, I appreciate the comment, compliment, up-votes and pinning and the sharing.

      I am glad you are smiling, and if you see someone without a smile give them one of yours.

      Shyron

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      That was really moving Shyron. I have never had to worry about wolves at my door since I am always smiling. :-) I voted it up, shared and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Jo (tobusiness), thank you for the comment and compliment.

      Blesssings to you my friend.

      Shyron

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      They say we get what we deserves when we give in to apathy and do not exercise our rights to vote. Great way to make an important point. Nicely done.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Eddy, thank you my beautiful friend for the comment.

      Blessings always.

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Ann, thank you for your comments, I really appreciate you. I guess America does not have a Monolopy on apathy.

      Blessings to you dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      HSchneider Thank you so much for the comments. I really appreciate you.

      Unfortunately we the people who care about people will now reap what THEY have sown.

      And the ones that vote have 4 years to forget what happened this year until the next midterm election.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Ange, thank you for your comments and compliments, I really appreciate you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Devika, thank you for your comments. I really appreciate you and your visits.

      Bless you dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Bill, thank you so very much for you comment, I am so glad that you voted and it gives me a measure of comfort to know that you are a person who cares about our country and people. Thank you for that.

      Blessings dear friend.

      I just read your “Greatest Problems Facing the United States,” I am glad I wrote this before I read it, it would have made it harder for me to write this.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for your comment, up votes and sharing. I could not believe that so many people stayed home and allowed the election to go the way it did.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, Ruby, my dear friend,

      where do we start? Where do we begin,

      Our liberties and our freedom to defend?

      We have no choice but to wait and see

      what they have planned for you and me.

      I know they will try to push the Keystone Pipeline through,

      that is just what the greedy do!

      This is my biggest fear.

      Thank you my dear friend Ruby for you wonderful comment,

      I love your heart also.

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub and voted up Shyron.

      Eddy.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Shyron, you could have written this about Britain too. The people don't shout loudly enough if they don't like something and they don't vote to back up their feelings. They just find someone to blame instead of themselves.

      You've put forward the problem in a strong, eloquent, forthright way.

      Great stuff and nicely done!

      Ann

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      Howard Schneider 2 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Very well said, Shyron. These apathetic people will now reap what they have sowed. The GOP only supports their benefactors, the wealthy and the corporations.

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      Angie Shearer 2 years ago from Whangarei, Northland

      Wow love your honesty here beautifully written and to the point...loved it

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Lots to think about here and as I am not an American I wish the lives of many Americans improve with new choices.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oddly, I just wrote about this the other day. All I can say is the Republican Party wanted all the power, and now they have it, so it won't be hard to find someone to blame for the next few years.....and yes, I voted, and yes, I agree with you completely.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Excellent and in many cases very true. Only 1/3 of voters are said to have turned out for this recent mid term election and that is the reason given for the results.

      Here in texas, it doesn't matter much. Lots of candidates have no opposition and will win with just one vote. This state is 67% Republican and that's a hard percentage to beat. Not likely even if you drag every person you can think of out to vote something other than Republican. Those kinds of stats don't change overnight. There's no chance there will be a surprising upset and Democrats will suddenly be even with Republicans or in the majority.

      Voted up and interesting, etc. Sharing with followers. On my way to Lewisville now . . .

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Shyron, My thoughts galore

      How could we have done much more?

      You give and give, till there's no more

      Then the one's you're fighting for

      'Ain't got the backbone to open the voting booth door

      Will says, " To wait and see what happens before we decide

      I say, " Ok even if it hurts inside. '

      Love your heart!