Over the past decade, voters have voted for initiatives on the ballots of what they want, such as Medicaid expansion, more gun control, lower drug prices, and even their favorite candidate, but state officials who run the state have tried to block the results and push what they feel the public should have. This is becoming more common in the United States.
Just recently, Utah, Nebraska, and Idaho voted to expand Medicaid but the lawmakers in these states are fighting hard to block the effort. We saw Georgia and Florida change and gerrymander voting districts to block the candidate the people actually voted for. In 2016, we saw the popular vote go to the Democratic candidate yet the Electoral College chose the president for the rest of the country, despite what the people wanted.
This is not a democracy at work; this is an autocracy close to becoming a dictatorship run by a group of people desperate to maintain power. More precisely, we are seeing certain states develop laws to block the other party from advancing and the voters have little to say and less power in their voice. We are seeing a political agenda that goes against what the majority of the people want.
The proof of this is the economic results in the lives of the people; such as increased debt, more sicknesses and drug abuse, more violence, stagnant wages along with teacher strikes, public protest and angry constituents chasing their representatives out of town-hall meetings. The courts, also, have been manipulated by one political party to enforce laws that protect certain people and harm others.
If the United States is to maintain a sense of freedom for its people, they must take back their voting power and oust the leaders who ignore what they want. The people must complain louder, strike more, surround the offices of political leaders and take to the streets against laws and policies they feel are unjust, harmful, and counterproductive to the American way of life.
© Feb. 2019
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