I was one of the sleeping masses until a few years ago. I always voted Republican even then, but felt/thought that this was the end of my responsibilities. Now that I’ve awoken and seen the light of my folly, I am continually astounded at how ignorant I was and how many still sleep blissfully on.
Until recently the electoral college and political conventions were a total mystery to me. The mechanics of these critical institutions were not explained in my high school ‘American Government’ class and it turns out that these are the two most important aspects of American politics. I’m still a novice concerning both of these, so I will not try to educate you, the reader, on these topics; however, I will encourage you to find out about them if you don’t already know. I will note that the mechanics are not difficult, and next week I expect to be appointed as an Associate Member of my county GOP central committee with full membership to follow quickly. (Thank you, ColdWarrior!)
Still, I look around me and see that the vast majority are still asleep. You all know the people I’m talking about. The ones who say, “My vote won’t make a difference!”, or “Neither candidate is worth voting for!”. Well, when I woke up I realized that several million people who didn’t feel like voting got us a POTUS who intends to convert our country into a weak third-world ‘banana republic’ where success is defined by your government pay rate.
So now what?
My county GOP is, quite frankly, pathetic. The ‘Headquarters’ is a small store front maybe 1,000 square feet, and during meetings they can seat perhaps 50 persons. I’ve attended several meetings now and I think the maximum attendance I’ve seen was about 30 to 35… Just before last Novembers’ historic elections… At the peak of Republican and Conservative enthusiasm. This in a county of nearly 1.5 million persons!
That leaves 1,499,970 who are either asleep or Democrats, (another form of slumber). Why? How? Isn’t the alarm clock of the 12.5% state unemployment rate enough to wake the dead? Can’t these people seeÂ the price signs on the gas station closest to their house? Don’t these people buy food? Haven’t they been told about a large section of the planet burning with the fires of radical revolutions?
Last year during the build up to the elections I was provided with a nifty aerial map of my voting precinct with a little elephant flag on the Republican voters’ houses and a little jackass on the Democrats’ houses. The most flags of any one type had DTS (Decline to State), on them.Â What struck me right away was the large number of houses with nothing on them. Can a household actually have no eligible voters? Sure, illegal aliens and other types who have no voting rights, but when you see a majority in a neighborhood with a good mix of ethnicities, the probable reason is they just never registered to vote.
The voter franchise is a precious thing. Wars have been fought for it. In Iraq, people risked their very lives to exercise their franchise. Now it seems, at least in this county, a growing minority, approaching a majority, have discarded this precious franchise as unimportant. It’s a free country and nobody will force these people to vote, but if they don’t wake up soon, they may wake to find their franchise gone and their country no longer free.