Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why didn’t the election matter?” you ask? That’s a good question. Timely too. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why do people check their stool?”)
For those of you who live under a rock, just don’t care or are not legally allowed to vote, yesterday was Election Day. The question might seem a bit cynical to some. After all, you know the routine: “Rock the vote”, “It’s your vote, use it or lose it”, “Every vote counts”, etc.
According to some political pundits including Matthew Cooper of Newsweek, this is actually a valid question. Nothing has truly changed in the big picture. Even though it was an evening of Republican scores in the U.S. Senate—Cooper agrees—“the forces behind gridlock remain in place.”
Taxpayers are tired of the infighting that p*sses away our tax dollars and gets nothing accomplished. Perhaps it’s just human nature. Cooper believes he knows “why there’s more fighting now and fewer important pieces of legislation getting passed.”
He says: “There’s a culture of conflict built into the system.” He may be right. Maybe the election didn’t matter because the Democrats and Republicans” are still evenly divided and ideologically poles apart.”
Perhaps the election didn’t matter because some of “Washington’s failure” to do what they are paid to do is partially the fault of those who continue to support the two-party system when they do have other options.
There are money issues too. Sometimes an election doesn’t matter because those who deserve to be on the ballot cannot afford to be on it in the first place. Incumbents may sometimes bow to the temptations and pressure of what Cooper calls “dark money groups.”
But wait! People who cannot do their jobs generally get fired, right? Cooper claims that when it concerns an election though it is not always that simple.
He states: “(W)hen you read about all the new faces . . .it’s worth remembering the basic impediments to governance are still there and aren’t going away . . . until . . . one side really vanquishes the other side at the polls or something happens to reshuffle the demographics of each party.” Until that happens he believes “nothing seismic can happen.”
Yeah, we’re going to be able to smoke pot and temporarily forget our problems in a few more states and even train our tots on how to use their shiny new AR-15s for the Zombie Apocalypse. On the other hand, singles gals everywhere are desperately checking their closets to make sure they have an extra wire hanger or two just in case they spend too much on shoes and can’t afford the over-the-counter “morning after” pill.”
The French may be right. “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Why didn’t the election matter? Now you know.
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