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Why Our Government is Unrepresentative: Only Republicans Vote


An analysis of electoral districts that are turning Republican reveals that these increasingly poor, increasingly dependent on public assistance communities are segregated into two warring camps: those on assistance and those with jobs.  The people who are accepting assistance through food stamps, disability, or even kidney dialysis overwhelmingly do not vote.  The others, those with jobs, resent the people who are on assistance and falsely believe that many of them are able-bodied and are taking welfare when they could be working.  These are the people who vote, and they vote overwhelmingly Republican, with a mean-spirited, nearsighted view of what being disabled is really like.

The problem is that working people think disability is a choice.  In fact, disability is a last resort for those who cannot earn a living for any reason.  The amount of money or assistance that any individual receives is not even enough to live on; there is no cash cow in disability.  A dishonest person would prefer to live on crime rather than accept disability payments because crime pays better.

The only hope for a Democratic resurgence lies in the support of nonwhite voters.  Trying to get disabled, poor people to vote is like herding cats.

Here’s an article about voting by minorities, low income, and young people:  For example, “Almost half—46 percent—of nonvoters have family incomes less than $30,000 per year, while only 19 percent of likely voters are from low-income families.”

The best way for the Democratic party to win, and for poor people to start voting, is to organize at a local level and talk to people who don’t vote.  Then, on Election Day, contact these people individually and encourage them, or if necessary, give them rides to the polls.  Help with onerous voter ID laws, registration, and obtaining IDs should be part of this organization.  Poor people don’t vote because they don’t think it does any good, and to change this, direct contact and help with practical aspects of voting is necessary.  This is particularly true of mid-term elections; currently, only a third of eligible voters show up at the polls at mid-terms, and this is when the Republicans make their biggest wins.

If poor and minority people don’t vote, they won’t be represented, and government won’t help them.  This problem must be addressed, and eventually a law requiring everyone to vote would drive the point home.  Australia, a notoriously conservative country, has a progressive government, partly because they have a law that requires everyone to vote.  Before such a law could be passed, however, the Republicans must be driven from office, and the only way to do that is for everyone to vote. A conundrum indeed.

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