My mom always used to tell me that the friends I picked not only reflected on my character (in her opinion often badly — can one do nothing right!?) but these were the people who I was saying to the world would go to the mat for me.
Her way of expressing this usually took the form of “If X (useless person) is your last resort, then you really don’t have a back up plan, do you?”
This is how I feel about the Democratic Party almost every day. And this is how I always feel about Ed Shultz and the whippersnappers of corporate media.
But sadly this time Ed Schultz is correct: we can’t vote for the Democratic incumbents if they don’t deliver the mail. That’s right, we need to tell the Democrats to just “Go with God” and send them along their way.
A lot of folks think that logical conclusion of this belief is vote for the Republicans or to not vote.
If you concluded that, then you have a committed the logical fallacy of assuming that we only had two choices to begin with.
There is a Green Party and various third parties and we have a responsibility to each and every congressman to not longer participate in the charade that we call electoral politics. For those folks not “blessed” enough to live in Illinois, it may not yet be clear to you that a decade of Republican policies have failed the vast majority of the working and middle class — and all the Democrats have done is push the breaks on the bus that’s going over a cliff.
How is apathy (staying at home) going to break this cycle? It won’t. The only way to break this cycle is to show up and vote for someone else!
Let me repeat: participation, not apathy, will solve your problems.
So: (1) if you yourself are unemployed or know someone who is, you should show up and vote for a leftist party,
(3) if someone that you know has given their life to this country in the one of the several wars going on, you should show up and vote for a leftist party,
(4) if you or someone you know has been injured in one of our wars, and is not receive adequate care, you should show up and vote for a leftist party,
(5) if you are not excited about being forced to pay insurance, you should show up and vote for a leftist party,
(6) if you believe that folks should be paid for the work they do, not for the gender they are, you should show up and vote for a leftist party,
and lastly (7) if you believe that Constitutional rights are based on an equal rule of law, and not on the identity of a person, you should show up and vote for a leftist party.
To stay at home is to further the cycle of cynicism and apathy. Get up, get registered, and get out to vote.