I’ve voted in every election since 1976. Though it seems that one vote may not amount to much, millions of votes can sway elections. Except in 2000, when the Supreme Court selected a president for us. For the next eight years, the Republicans got almost everything they wanted. Spy on all Americans? Check. Torture Enemy Combatants? Check. Bailout Wall Street? Check.
In 2008, the Supreme Court allowed the American people to select a president, even though he was a Democrat. But that did little to stop the Republicans from getting what they wanted. If, by some miracle, they couldn’t get it, they brought Congress to a halt, or they shutdown the government.
It is now 2016. For 16 years, the Republicans ruled the roost, even when their rooster wasn’t in charge. And for 16 years, their viewpoint has dominated discussions. And for 16 years I’ve stood in the same financial hole. I’ve waited for prosperity to come around the corner. I’ve waited for it to trickle down. I’ve branded and re-branded myself. I’ve visualized ‘the good life.’ I’ve honed my elevator pitch. I’ve Instagrammed, Tweeted, Facebooked, Blogged, and LinkedIn’d. All this activity. The hole gets deeper.
I’ll vote in this upcoming election, though I’m not sure why.