A friend of mine tried to console me over the Republican election sweep. I went to sleep early last evening with hope in my heart so I could swim laps in the wee hours. I came back to the horror of a red sweep in most states.
So he asked me who I really thought was a significant loss to our country. It was not a Republican. After all, they won! It, in only a small way, was not the Democrats who lost the election. After all
they tried their best though they were stupid enough to run from one of the very few best Presidents in the history of this nation. They deserved to lose.
The monumental losers were the people who stayed home, who didn't vote. Yes, those who didn't care, who are lazy, who make excuses, will wonder why the Supreme Court votes ideology, why their parents may lose their pensions, their bank accounts, their Medicare, their Social Security. They will wonder why unemployment insurance will diminish, why healthcare goes back to the vulture days, why immigration law is more punitive. They will curse because public education went down the tubes, because they are living in a police state
It will not occur to them that their individual and collective
lack of vote caused this. They will not blame themselves for the misery they caused. They'll blame Washington.... The Washington they created by not voting.
It wasn't billions in Citizen United money. It wasnt 6 years of orchestrated lies by Republicans, it wasn't voter supression or dirty tricks. It wasn't the Republican do nothing Congress. It was only you who stayed home.