New American Resistance – Midterm Elections (GO VOTE!)

When I began this (now very semi-regular) series on 26 January 2017, it took it’s name from something Bruce Springsteen said at a concert in Perth, Australia on the heels of the Woman’s March.  Speaking to the crowd he said, “We’re a long way from home and our hearts and spirits are with the hundreds and thousands of women and men that marched yesterday in every city in America – and in Melbourne – who rallied against hate and division and in support of tolerance, inclusion, reproductive rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, the environment, wage equality, gender equality, healthcare, and immigrant rights.  We stand with you.  We are the New American Resistance.”  This week will mark the New American Resistance’s largest battle, its biggest potential win, so far.  It’s Midterm Elections and WE ALL NEED TO GO AND VOTE!!!

In the last two years we’ve been outraged, heartbroken, sad, scared, uncertain, exhausted, and even felt crushingly helpless at times.  However we’ve also felt unity, strength, and empowerment as we’ve fought against forces of corruption and injustice gaining momentum in the country around us.  Some of us even found a sense of focus and activism we’d never felt before.   All of it matters – the marches, the demonstrations, the acts of civil disobedience, our writing, our conversations, our examples, as well as all the calls to our elected officials.  If they listened to your voice, that’s wonderful.  You helped urge them towards that decision.  If they didn’t, the reckoning is coming.  It all leads to this.  Voting is the single most direct thing you can do to affect the country.  Vote Tuesday!  Vote in every election, national, state, and local, you can!  Be informed.  Be aware.  AND VOTE.  We live in a representative democracy and it means we have power over who ends up in office.  And this is happening Tuesday so go vote.

Using the maps Five Thirty Eight offers, we see the House is certainly in play, with a six-in-seven chance the Democrats take controlThe Senate is a little tighter, with a five-in-six chance the Republicans retain control.  However, there are still chances for the Democrats to make a few significant gains in the Senate even of they don’t take control.  This is the opportunity to not only offer a nationwide evaluation of the Trump Administration and its goals but to restore the system of checks and balances to our government that was so central to the Constitution and the way our democracy was intended to work.  But none of this matters if WE ALL DON’T VOTE.  Look at where we’ve ended up after a last election where so many lamented having “to choose the lesser of two evils” or how “I don’t like either of them” so they saw no point in voting and on and on and on.  VOTING MATTERS.  There’s not much else I can say.

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Follow Ms. Marvel everyone!  Go vote! / Photo Credit – Marvel Comics

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Also, PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO VOTE.  For those of you who may be unsure, here’s a handy polling place locator care of Vote.orgbe sure you know where to go!  It all comes down to this.  Get up.  Get out.  Go Vote.  Power to the people!

 

 

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