RED DEVIL BLUE DEVIL
THE DEVIL WINS
MONOLOGUE WITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
At election time, we inevitably hear earnest pleas for everyone to vote. Voter participation is a data point often cited in political studies, along with an assumption that the higher the percentage, the better: 100 percent participation is the goal. But we rarely question this belief, or objectively consider whether everyone who can vote ought to vote.
Pleas for everyone to vote ignore the fact that not voting can itself be a way of voting.
But encouraging the vote –and then protesting the decision that is made by the vote is hypocritical and defeats the purpose.
During this midterm election, you could tell that all of the so-called progressively controlled businesses dropped everything to remind people to vote. On your TV every actor and actress, rock star, even Oprah was busy reminding people that it is your duty as an American to vote.
The TV show, Murphy Brown, devoted a whole show to the election ending it with a mystery as to who won –and then at the end broke the fourth wall encouraging people to vote.
Saturday Night Live went out of its way to illustrate how nervous the Blue crowd was with regards to how their blue friends would vote – they devoted an entire skit to the guarded skepticism about their chances in creating a blur wave threat.
Even Google changed their label to say “Go Vote” in order to rally their troops against Donald Trump and a Red majority in the house.
Nearly two-thirds of those voters said Mr. Trump was a factor in why they headed to the polls. One-quarter of those casting a House ballot said they did so in part to support him. Four in 10 said they cast a vote to oppose him. Only one-third said he played no role in their voting.
Only a minority of those voting today approve of Mr. Trump’s job performance. The level appears similar to his ratings among the general public overall in recent months. It is also similar to the ratings for former President Obama in the 2010 midterm election, in which Republicans captured majority control from Democrats.
When I woke up today I dreaded the idea that most of my affiliates would preempt me for election coverage. After all, we have been told by the left that this is the most important election in our lives. I was told that I had to be on standby if there were major protests or riots in the streets of Portland.
I was told that there were six groups that stated they would protest the vote if in fact, it did not go the way they had hoped.
It was then a realized, what good is all of the encouragement to vote when regardless of who wins there will be protests to reject the outcome?
Encouraging people to vote and then not honoring the vote is counterintuitive and most certainly demonstrates a disregard for democracy.
The groups that encourage voting tend to be the ones that shame people and protest when they don’t like the results of the vote. When this happens the gloves come off and then the cherished right to vote is disrespected and so is people’s inner pain and fear.
After all, this is the value of your vote now – it is a currency that represents your pain and your fear and you hope that if you cash it in all your troubles will be neutralized.
But it doesn’t happen.
This election was basically not important because even with any decision there will be a large group of people who will establish some sort of resistance that disrespects the vote that has been encouraged.
Shaming people and violent protests pretty much delegitimizes the vote.
It is a paradox of our modern democracy that we have the conditions and tools to enable our political system to work better than ever before and yet there is this disconnect as to why we have the vote in the first place.
Once the votes are cast and the decision is made, then that should be accepted regardless of whether or not you like the way the vote went.
However, this is not the case in our dysfunctional democracy.
So much more information is available and instantly attainable than only a generation or two ago, including tools for monitoring events and debates and thus improving interaction and accountability. Today’s plethora of opinion polls ought to be positive for the process, providing constant feedback to decision-makers about what people think and want, and channels for voters to express their opinions.
Yet much of what should facilitate a smooth-running, engaged political system has helped corrode it. In politics, as in other aspects of life, abundance can be good but excess is often harmful. You can end up with too much of everything, and I think that’s what we’ve got in politics today.
I have always been criticized for thinking everything is a conspiracy – the truth is I don’t but no one gets criticized for making everything political and yet it is happening in this country – everything has some smug political message attached to it and what used to be satire and editorializing is below the belt and biased.
We’re lumbered with what has been dubbed the continuous campaign, and we have been bombarded with all kinds of scandals that surround our politicians and what is so peculiar is that once we move on – no one even asks why those who make the accusations do not continue to pursue their cases.
I also find it very suspicious that not one person has brought up the Russian meddling scandal during the midterm – I would have thought this would have him fisted by the left to get votes but not a peep about the situation weeks before the election.
After all the screaming headlines and hysterical talk of “treason,” the Russia-gate story was almost entirely absent from the midterms.
We’ve seen neither hide nor hair of Putin in all those campaign ads, or at least hardly a glance. I think that I speak for a lot of people who were skeptical about Russia gate when I say for all the meddling accusations we managed to get to this point with no one talking about it as a crucial talking point in the election.
However, I can bet that it will be resurrected no matter what happens.
Red Devil or Blue Devil the Devil appears to be winning.
Because no matter what happens it appears that the deep state is aiming to push America towards a communal nervous breakdown.
This nervous breakdown is being triggered by polarizing circus politics, media-fed mass hysteria, racism, classism, xenophobia, militarization the selling of war and violence as entertainment. There is a sense of hopelessness and powerlessness in the face of growing government corruption and brutality.
We also are witnessing the growing economic divide that has much of the population struggling to get by.
It manifests itself in madness, mayhem and an utter disregard for the very principles and liberties that have kept us out of the clutches of totalitarianism for so long.
People think that voting will solve all of this –but what is the point if there are protestors and rioters that show up to undermine the confidence of the way the vote is tallied?
From the beginning the so called resistance was created because someone felt they had an entitlement to the Presidency – and the candidate who won was seen as a problem because of his bad behavior and the flaws the media feels is a requirement to exploit.
Politicians behave badly and thanks, especially to the all-pervasive media ordinary people see and hear this, and they hate it.
It is like the media encourages the vote only to shame it when it doesn’t fit their agenda.
Once again I ask, what is the point?
I can see on television the people who are supposed to uphold the virtue of the vote behave in a way we would not tolerate in our own small children. Sadly at a time when trust is so low in our political system, and contempt so high, it appears they encourage the anger against those we have voted for. Media outlets like CNN criticize the president for saying that the media is the enemy of the people and yet they seem to not understand that trust is what we give them to give us objective and truthful reporting.
When networks like CNN and Fox gives us their agenda rather than the truth – it is hard to give them any respect.
They tell us they have the facts so that we will respect their positions. Respect is earned – they shouldn’t get it because they are where they happen to be.
If you want the vote to matter, then maybe we should encourage the politicians to do a great job so that the vote you made means something.
Politicians’ reputations would be enhanced if there were a better balance between partisanship and bipartisanship. It’s hard to think that anyone of one party or the other will compromise because all these career politicians know how to do is rally and campaign.
Rallying and campaigning does not carry an air of compromise – it simply carries more of an air of competition and discrepancy.
These parties will never be what they once were. But their leaders should try harder than they have for some improvement.
I also think that this includes President Trump.
A snarky sound bite is good for his base but there are those that have fear and pain that didn’t vote for him and they are the ones he needs to win over.
There is no miracle cure for the lack of political trust that we see in the country. That reflects not just political behavior, but the more general cynicism of the times and an absence of faith in government.
We seem as a community to be in a more bleak frame of mind than in some other periods.
Leadership can be an antidote to cynicism; cooperation is the antidote for all of these fights the break out in so-called peaceful protests.
If you have encouraged voting then honor the decision that the vote gives us.
Our democratic system is under strain and some say it is broken.
However, respecting the vote makes us resilient – it is the resistance that has made us weak, divided and feeling the heat of civil war.