If you haven’t seen this bit from John Oliver’s new show, you should. You should watch it before Tuesday’s election, and then again periodically, just so you remember what I keep telling you. That elections matter. And that it is important to pay attention to not just Federal elections, but to the ones lower down the food chain.
Apparently it takes someone from England, from the country from which we declared our independence, to explain to us just how we are letting our own government get away from us.
Because we don’t pay attention to “the unimportant levels of government.”
Ummm, it is at the state level that we’re really getting screwed. I can attest to this as a resident of “Virginia is For Ultra-sounds.” Yup, it is the folks whose names we don’t even know, who get to decide these issues that most impact your life and mine.
They are also the ones gerrymandering the US Congressional districts. They are eliminating access to abortion, to birth control and screwing us in a hundred different ways. And the state legislatures are the breeding ground, where the Not Ready For Prime Time Players go until they become the Michelle Bachmann’s and the Louie Gomert’s who end up framing our national debate.
[I read recently that John Oliver has been proclaimed the best journalist currently working. I don’t recall who said it, but I think they are right.]
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You may have noticed that I’ve been unusually quiet lately.
In fact, I’ve hardly told you to get your but out to vote at all.
It’s not that I don’t care; I do. Deeply. Elections Matter.
So here I am. I’m not too late, am I?
In trying to figure out what to say, I did a little research, and found a wonderful article (thanks, Google) entitled:
It summarizes the struggles that different groups went through to get the right that so many people foolishly throw away. The right that many people died for.
Folks 18-21 (who could fight, but couldn’t vote)
If you pay any attention to the news, you know that the GOP has been very successful in limiting voting, in cutting the access to the polls. How? By requiring a government-issued photo ID (my favorite — in Texas a permit to carry a concealed weapon is acceptable but a student ID is not; by preventing early voting; by culling voter lists; by sending out confusing information on voting. All sorts of ways.
Go Vote! People died for that right.
[Thanks to Father Kane at The Last of the Millennials for both the video and the image.]
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Because everyone enjoyed my last public service announcement, Medical Advice, I figured you might need some advice on, umm, other drug-related issues. You can thank me later.
It’s later. Time to thank me.
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