THE APATHETIC ALBATROSS HANGING AROUND THE NECK OF THE UNITED STATES…

The purpose of this brief article is to rouse the voters of the United States to vote in every election, and vote for the incumbent’s opponent. And, this is why.

As long as voters re-elect their incumbents, please don’t expect any quick and great improvements in our problems getting solved, locally, or in Washington. I believe this is a rational presumption.

The United States is the greatest nation to ever occupy this planet. The United States has done more, and is doing more, for the betterment of mankind than any nation to ever dwell on this planet. The good we have done, and will continue to do, by far, out weighs all of our flaws. However, to carry on this unrivaled standard, and not see our greatness wither, we need to be aware of some issues and put an end to them, quickly, permanently and rationally.

One big problem is the lack of trust and respect most Americans have in our government, at all levels (locally, state and nationally). The approval ratings for our “politicians” and their “policies” have never been lower. Scandals, gridlock and “do nothing politicians” have become a tradition. Most citizens feel their elected officials don’t represent them. They feel ignored. I’m 70 and after 55 years of concerned watching, I’m sorry to say, I rarely see congress voting according to what their constituents want. Maybe that’s why the United States has this litany of problems; a humongous national debt, a struggling economy, a federal budget that hasn’t been balanced since 1998 (15 yrs. per CNN http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/02/03/cnn-fact-check-the-last-president-to-balance-the-budget/), high unemployment, a ranking of 17th in global educational ratings (per the International Business Times, 11-27-12), Social Security and Medicare “programs” that have been converted to Ponzi schemes to keep our economy from imploding, and last but definitely not least, a grossly underpaid military. I sometimes wonder who’s smarter, our congress and the president or their constituents?

Another difficulty the United States needs to face is voter apathy. Historically voter turnout is around 50% + or -. If that’s not voter unresponsiveness I don’t know what is. If voter unresponsiveness continues in the United States, we will have no one to blame but our lazy voting habits for our shriveling stature. As long as voter turnout is around 50%, we are, in effect, telling our government “we are not really too concerned about how well you people do your jobs.” If we have a voter turnout of 85% to 90%, a minimum of 5 consecutive times in the next 5 local, state and national elections, with 85% to 90% of the voters voting for the incumbent’s opponent, we will finally clean house and remove this apathetic albatross hanging around our neck. It’s beginning to stink.

Again, as long as voters re-elect their incumbents, please don’t expect any quick and great improvements in our problems getting solved, locally, or in Washington.

Maybe, our number 1 threat isn’t Syria, Russia or some other country, or some terrorist “organization”, but the United States government, itself, and the voters that keep re-electing them.

Here is my criteria and how I vote in each local, state and national election. If the budget is not balanced, with a surplus (whether it’s locally, statewide, or nationally), then I vote for the incumbent’s opponent. When the person running for re-election is running unopposed, and the budget is not balanced, with a surplus, I use the space for a write-in vote, and write in my name. I’m reasonable and rational enough to know that all the above problems will never be solved, completely, but in the name of economics 101 and accounting 101, our government should be able to at least consistently balance the budget and their checkbook. Is that too much to ask? This will do wonders for all concerned, not to mention that it will benefit the rest of the world.

So, excuse my brashness, now you know what you need to do the next time you vote, vote for the incumbent’s opponent. Repeat this every time you vote till our budget is balanced, with a surplus, and at least some of our major problems are on the road to oblivion.

NOTE: And just for your information, I also have in my possession a report I printed off the GeldPress website, 1/19/12, that shows the last time the United States had a balanced budget, with a surplus, was in 1957 when Eisenhower was president.

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6 thoughts on “THE APATHETIC ALBATROSS HANGING AROUND THE NECK OF THE UNITED STATES…

  1. 1911/1913 Public Law 62-5 signed by Howard Taft does a great disfavor to 290 Million Americans of voting age. You see: The Congress, especially the House Of Representatives is like a dog without a leash. The owner is wondering where the dog is. Where is he? .. where did he go? Turns out the dog already run to the other side of the park and is sniffing another dog. You get your dog at the voting booth, but it runs away already at the first day in the park.

    • Thanks for taking time to stop by. I do appreciate it and do understand your point. And, you’re right. I also know an 85% voter turnout where most voters vote for the incumbent’s opponent is a real stretch, however… I also believe anything is possible in the United States, both good and bad… our history proves it.

  2. Remember those “I like Ike” buttons? And the excitement of space launches?
    Most people want to be left alone – the current bunch of politicians are not statesmen, but see being elected as a career and a chance to become pigs at the trough. Once elected -all they want is do stay there.
    The average citizen is angry and throwing up their hands feeling hopeless. Being active in state elections/working with state legislation is currently the only hope of getting things done. DC is dysfunctional – and costly.
    Oh, just FYI the public schools no longer teach pride in the U.S. Much bigger push for guilt and shame over slanted view of history. This country is not/never has been perfect, but the people do try to do right/make course corrections, and attempt to improve the lives of all – if our children are not taught the solid facts/struggles/achievements(as well as failures) of U.S. history and only offered emotional hand wringing, this country is in big trouble.

  3. Well I am not American, so never feel qualified to comment on American domestic politics but I think you have a very good point.

    However I would like to post an observation that I noticed on visits to the US. That Americans are the most patriotic and
    partisan people I have ever come across. I
    think , unlike other countries, this starts inchildhood when tiny tots are continuallytold at school, by politicians and Hollywood,   that their country is wonderful,
    the best etc so they grow up with this idea without evenrealising it. In other countries this is not always seen as a good thing.
    To the rest of the world, the USA is seen as a
    big and powerful country, a bit like the bully
    in the playground. Individual Americans
    arereally nice freindly people, but thier
    government is seen as corrupt and undemocratic. Where the only thing that
    talks is money.
    Because The US is so powerful and
    aggresuve internationally it is very scary to
    the rest of the world when we hear the
    extreme and frankly crazy views comingfrom your politicians.
    There must be a majority of moderate
    normal people in the U S who can keep these extreemists in check and you can onlydo this at the balballota box
    As my American friend pointed out ” before I travelled to other countries I thought Everbody wanted to be American. It took
    me a while to realise that people in the rest
    of the world were quite happy being English
    or French or Indian or African or whatever.
    Nobody aspired to be American.

    Love Denise

    So I would urge you all to

    The rest of the world so not see The US in this way. OK,

    • Denise, it’s been a while, and it’s nice to hear from you. Yes, yes, yes, you are so correct with your entire comment. There was a time, a long time ago, when Everybody wanted to be an American (or English for that matter) or live in America, but not any longer. Yes, America is, no doubt, seen as the bully on the schoolyard. America needs to return to being the LEADER on the schoolyard, not the bully. I believe most would agree, it’s a lot easier to LEAD than to PUSH. Thanks for taking the time to let me know your response.

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