I think if America has learned anything from these recent election cycles it is this, VOTERS MATTER. Voters matter, we matter because we control who gets into the offices. It’s why millions of dollars are spent to sway our opinion in hopes we vote for the candidate the parties want. What happened this election though? In my opinion, I think the Democratic party pushed Clinton on to a people who did not entirely wanted her. The Democratic party was split right down the middle between Clinton supporters and Bernie supporters. With that kind of split, it is very hard to throw major support behind one candidate, especially one like Clinton who some thought had her own issues in the first place. Things like Wall Street money and support worried many (myself included) that Clinton was not really there for the people. Bernie’s policies spoke to people, the same way Trump spoke to millions of people as well. I believe this is the reason we saw such an increase in third party voters. People who were so opposed to Clinton saw Johnson and Stein as outlets for protest votes. These are the people who matter these voters and from now on I think we will be taken more into account. There is a very large group of people in the US who are tired of the Government not listening anymore. These two candidates Bernie and Trump offered to be there for the people to clear swamps and get rid of the corruption and money in politics. That is a hard message to quell back once it gets into the minds of the individual voter.
There is a very large group of people in the US who are tired of the Government not listening anymore. These two candidates Bernie and Trump offered to be there for the people to clear swamps and get rid of the corruption and money in politics. That is a hard message to quell back once it gets into the minds of the individual voter. This idea will appear more and more in campaign speeches from now on I believe to again try and sway us to vote for those politicians. So now we will have to stay informed and as a group who supported Bernie or even Trump. Those of us fed up with Government corruption from Wall Street or big companies funneling money into campaigns. What should we do in order to make our wishes heard? To make those ideas a reality?
- Get Informed, Stay Informed, And VOTE!
The best way to make sure the things you want to get done in congress is to put the people you support in the positions to do so. Research politicians up for election and see what they did in the past, what they have done recently, who and what they support. Go to the opposite side of the aisle to see what their opponents say against them, and see if there is any proof to back up those claims. Once you think you’ve gotten enough information to make and educated decision at the ballot. DO IT AGAIN! Once you’ve done it again then go and vote for your representative and get them in office.
2. Contact Your Representatives.
If there isn’t an election coming up then you need to contact your local representative and tell them how you want them to vote on issues. They may not listen but hey, you can vote them out next cycle. This also requires you to stay informed about what is being voted on in congress. If you’re not informed then you can’t do much to effect what is going on in the House and Senate. Keep your Representative responsible as well. If they do something that you disagree with, Then tell them! Write letter after letter, to get your point across.
3. Get Involved in The System.
If you are still not impressed with what is going on with your representative, then get involved in the system yourself! Volunteer with local groups designed to campaign for causes, these groups tend to hold more sway since they are large bodies of voters. They can sometimes start fundraisers for campaign funds for certain representatives. You can get involved in a campaign as well, supporting your representative of choice during their campaign is a great way to show support and get your name out should they be elected. Finally, if all else fails and you feel the need you can run for office yourself! Get started local and work your way up to get your ideas into congress and listen to your constituents and voters!
As a people, the government is here to serve us. This is not a business where we are customers. We are the bosses and we have lost that position over time by not caring and just letting things happen in congress without our knowledge. Someone once said something to me along the lines of “If you don’t like where you’re at, and don’t take the steps to get somewhere else, then don’t bitch.” That statement applies to many areas in life and very much to politics and your place within it as a voter. So if you’re one of those people who supported Bernie or Trump because you were upset with your government for not listening to you then take the steps to change your position involved in the system by staying informed, voting, and calling out your representatives.