The question has already been asked: Why should Democrats bother to vote anymore? It’s a well-founded question: Why should anyone waste their time on anyone who doesn’t represent their interest?
The midterm election of 2014 had the worst voter turnout in 72 years – since 1942, just as WWII was getting underway. Other than 1926 when commoners were facing conditions that resulted in the Great Depression, you would have to go back to the late 1700’s to find a worse turnout than 2014 (See popup chart). All but 8 states had a drop in voter turnout. But here’s the kicker.
Although Oregon was down by 1.5 percent over 2010, 69.5 percent of their voters went to the pols last year, and guess what? Democrats – won – big — despite the fact the Koch brothers dumped huge loads of cash in the state. The lesson here is very elementary: No matter how much money is spent trying to buy an election, Republicans can never win if there is a large voter turnout. And what lesson should Democratic elected officials and wannabes take from that? Govern so that your constitutes will want to turn out to vote.
But that is not what elected Democrats have been doing, and it’s evident in just the first three weeks of the new Congress. They don’t intend to govern for their constitutes any more than do Republicans.
- Wisconsin Democrats In Disarray (Chairman of state Democratic Party in cahoots with billionaire who also claims to be Democrat but is financing multiple efforts that Republicans have been pushing in that state.)
As MotherJones points out, President Obama has had to veto only 2 bills during his first six years. But that’s about to change, thank to those Democrats reflected above who are willing to put Republican ideology over the top.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who desperately wants to kill privatize Social Security – and will never give up until he does – said he won’t touch Social Security without Democratic support. That’s how much confidence he has in pulling some Democrats over to his side, otherwise he never would have said such a thing. All he needs is just one to claim “bipartisan support”.
There is at least one Democrat who believes there those in his Party who will support McConnell. Otherwise Senator Sherrod Brown wouldn’t have made such a public statement warning Democrats not to give an inch on privatizing Social Security.
Then there’s this: Democrats are “willing” to ‘prove’ they’re supporting their constitutes by ‘fighting’ for them only when they know what they’re proposing will never ever pass.
Obamacare is a very popular program that is helping more than 11 million voters, most of which vote Democrat. Instead of campaigning on the successes of Obamacare in 2014 and that Republicans want to take it away from them, they distanced themselves from Obamacare – which was an agenda set by the GOP. How dumb is that. Well, it gets dumber: Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer is still complaining about voting for Obamacare.
Evidently some Democrats believed their constitutes are just as racist and ignorant as Republican voters.
The coalition known as “Blue Dog Democrats” numbered 54 in the 111th Congress. Mostly through being voted out of office by disappointed constitutes, that number has shrunk to only 9 in the current Congress. But not to worry: A group known as the “New Democrats” is quietly taking their place.
In 2010 the Old Man warned about those New Democrats. 69 of them mingled with Wall Street lobbyist (or sent their staffers) at least 850 times during fundraising events and informal get-togethers that year. That clearly put the New Democrats in Wall Street’s pockets, knowing full well that any legislation Wall Street wanted passed would cost commoners – their constitutes.
The Blue Dog Democrat is dead; long live the new blue dogs!
There are some Democrats in Congress who actually work for their constitutes, and they get rewarded at the polls. And, although an Independent, Bernie Sanders has proven constitutes will reward anyone who supports them – even without spending millions on their campaign. Finally, when a President starts publicly advocating legislation that benefits commoners, he suddenly becomes more popular – “imagine that”.
But who’s the front runner for the Democratic Presidential ticket in 2016? Hillary Clinton — a very conservative “Democrat”:
“With the Republican machine on the attack against Hillary Clinton long before the 2016 election, there’s something that should concern both the GOP and the Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton, former senator and secretary of state, is more conservative than most Democrats, and ironically, most Republicans would ever admit. She might be so conservative that even if Clinton beats her GOP rival for the presidency, a moderate Republican would still sit in the White House.” [Bold added]
So again, why should anyone waste their time voting for a Democrat? The answer is they shouldn’t. And when Democratic candidates discover that their voters aren’t as stupid as Republican voters who elect Republicans in spite of knowing they’re not going to be represented, maybe Democrats will wake — the — hell — up!!