Disillusioned American Voters

imageAmerican voters are frustrated. A recent NYT editorial cartoon showing Trump and Hillary stranded on a desert island indicated the American public would be the winner in the upcoming election if they both stayed there.

Why are American voters disillusioned? Could it be the sense that no candidate truly represents them? Casting a vote – that privilege and responsibility Americans cherish – seems ineffectual on the national level.

Could American voters feel overwhelmed by the responsibility to affect change at the top? Perhaps it’s the thought that corruption and injustice reign throughout the nation’s governing institutions, not just in a few federal offices. Will one vote in one election year matter?

I am an American voter beginning to think I can’t help change the country’s political environment. There is an uneasy fear churning in my soul as little by little my liberties vanish.

How can voters rally to clean house on the federal level when it seems that injustice and evil are not just trickling down to take over our lives, but are swooshing toward us in a flash flood of corruption that destroys truth and freedom in its path?

Maybe it’s not the trickling – down effect that’s the culprit. Maybe corruption has been creeping up. Complacency toward political climates on the local level- in our city councils, county commissions, lower courts, law enforcement agencies, school boards, industry-has perhaps allowed small government to be the training camp for candidates who wind up on our national ballots.

If we as American voters ignore corruption on the local level, the nation’s political climate will continue to deteriorate. We can’t protest and fan the fires of change if we keep dousing those fires in our hometowns. Those who directly influence our lives in a way that those in Washington don’t should be leading the fight for truth and justice. They should not be the ones who take lightly the fact they have power over individual destinies. Justice should be doled out equally; truth should not be swept under the rug. Those in power at the local level cannot be those who use that power unethically.

“It’s been suggested that we’ve moved to a post- factual society, where evidence and truth no longer matter, and lies have equal status to the clarity of evidence.” Alexander Betts

If we can’t affect change on the local level , what makes us think we can at the federal level?

My vote matters in my hometown.

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About gleefulee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making passionate, lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. Now totally retired and looking for my summers to be full of fun as well! Born and raised in St. Louis, MO
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