Every time we come into an election cycle in the U.S. the political machines get to humming and advisors and strategists get busy advising candidates on how they can pull off a win. These are intelligent and highly talented operators who are well versed in how to aim messaging at the voting electorate.
But the voting electorate is shrinking and it feels like no one knows how to address what is an increasingly alarming problem. Fewer and fewer people are making the decisions that are shaping the laws and regulations of our country. And while some of it we can certainly explain from blatant gerrymandering and other forms of voter suppression, a vast majority of U.S. citizens elect NOT to vote at all OR are swayed by 1 to 2 issues when making their decision on who our leaders should be.
And now we are seeing some of the most frightening results of those choices come to light with the pending end of Roe v Wade which established constitutional legal protections for a woman’s right to make choices for her own health and wellness, to have full agency over her own body.
This is what “My vote doesn’t matter” looks like in real life.
And it’s not just Roe that’s being dismantled. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin has been gutted beyond recognition. This was a piece of legislation intended to help all Americans move closer to the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that our “free society” claims to hold so dear.
This is what happens when the majority leave elections to be decided by a minority of the population.
A free society requires the active attentions and participation of ALL citizens. This republic for which we stand is representing less and less the issues that govern my ability to exercise my full rights as a citizen.
Is this what making America great really means moving forward? I suppose I’ll get to see for myself in November whether people will show up and vote for candidates who support women’s rights, who support the full rights of ALL citizens regardless of race, color or creed. Opting out of elections is a tacit agreement that whomever is elected has your personal endorsement to do whatever they like and the majority right now seems to love dismantling laws intended to protect citizens who have been historically marginalized. Somebody please make this make sense.
Marta is an award winning filmmaker, writer and producer committed to sharing the rich and complex stories of America’s Heartland region. Marta wears several hats as Chief Creative-in-Charge of MartaGwyn Productions, LLC as well as the Co-Founder and Senior Grant Writer of Youngblood and Associates, LLC and Chief Operations Officer of Marta Collier Educational Systems and Services, LLC.
Marta is also the founder and editor-in-chief of TheWRITEaddiction. An online community of writers that publish creative and inspirational works daily at www.TheWriteAddiction.com.
Marta is an alumna of The Ohio State University and Tougaloo College with degrees in Sociology and English-Journalism and resides in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband and unconventional college sweetheart of 11 years, Terrance Youngblood.