The GOP won back the Senate and gained seats in the House and in state capitals the only way they still can win any election: when old, white conservatives show up in greater numbers than younger, non-white, and liberal voters.
Did you not learn anything from 2008 or 2010?
Just because you’re fed up, disillusioned, or disinterested, and decide to stay home doesn’t mean the other side will.
Some of us old white liberals are fighting awfully hard to stop our fellow and far more conservative Baby Boomers from effing things up even worse. It would be nice to have you 18-29 year olds take an interest and start making up more than 13% of the voters in a midterm.
Staying home is not a protest. It’s surrender. Wearing your Anonymous masks and rallying is all well and good, but the rich and powerful aren’t paying any attention to that in this neoliberal police state we live in.
No, the American campaign finance and electoral processes are far from perfect, and some of my fellow old white Baby Boomers are winning – for now – at making it even harder to vote. Yes, those are fights we must keep fighting even in the face of the awfully rich and awfully powerful forces at work against us and against you and your future.
So, you can sit idly by and let them do it to you, or you can do the one thing they fear the most. Vote.
Vote AND stay active at rallies, Vote and sign petitions. Vote and write emails and go to protests and rail against the old establishment, but for chrissakes, we need more than 1 in 10 voters to be young voters if we’re ever going to dump these corrupt old fuckers out of our government at every level and replace them with people who actually care about us more than they care about money and power.