There is only one week left before we’ll know where our future is heading. If you are still undecided about candidates and questions on the ballot, I recommend staying as far from the Republican Party of “No” as possible. Even if Democratic candidates seem inexperienced, at least they are likely to be honest. Here in a state—purple even though we’re lumped in with red states—elected Democrats have to be more responsive to the needs and concerns of the people than any of their Republican opponents will be. If they aren’t, they’ll be railroaded out pronto. If you want politicians who care about your concerns, vote for the Democratic candidates. They will listen.
Take a look at what the Democratic Party has brought to us.
Women’s Right to Vote (Woodrow Wilson)
Social Security (FDR) This, unlike the hype, is a program that belongs to the people who contributed to it from their wages throughout their careers. It is not a government handout.
Minimum Wage Law (FDR)
Unemployment Insurance (FDR)
FDIC Bank Account Insurance (FDR)
G.I. Bill of Rights (FDR)
Securities & Exchange Act (FDR)
Marshall Plan (Truman)
Water Quality Act of 1948 (Truman)
Peace Corps (Kennedy)
First Man on the Moon (Kennedy)
Civil Rights Act of 1964 (LBJ)
Voting Rights Act of 1965 (LBJ)
Medicare (LBJ) Again, paid for by the workers throughout their careers.
Guaranteed Pell Student Loan Program (LBJ)
Operation Head Start (LBJ)
Motor Voter Act (Clinton)
Budget Surplus (Clinton)
Family and Medical Leave Act (Clinton)
Affordable Care Act (Obama)
Inflation Reduction Act (Biden)
American Rescue Plan (Biden)
Violence Against Women Act (Biden)
Hate Crime Prevention Act
What has Republican leadership offered? Massive tax cuts for the richest billionaires among us, and vows to fight every program and act that benefit all of us. The party of “No.”
Recognizing how unpopular their typical “no” stance is among the majority of voters, they have resorted to underhanded tactics. They flood the post office with flyers spewing ridiculous fiction about honest candidates. They resort to tricks to manage and control voters. It all reminds me of pirates.
We face modern day piracy in our recent elections. Remember the scenes from the popular Disney movie Pirates of the Caribbean? In the scene where Will Turner meets Jack Sparrow, Jack pulls an unconventional move to disarm Will.
Will says, “You cheated.”
Jack, rolling his eyes, “Pirate.” (As if what else did you expect?)
Will answers, “You didn’t beat me. You ignored the rules of engagement. In a fair fight I’d have killed you.”
To which Jack says, “That’s not much incentive for me to fight fair then, is it?”
I can hear the same exchange between our two major political parties. Republicans are the pirates, taking steps to ignore free and fair elections, those “rules of engagement” we have in the past taken for granted. But we now have ridiculously gerrymandered lines for voting districts, purging of voter lists, challenging results of an honest election, stacking of the courts, refusal to accept a peaceful transfer of power, declarations of refusal to accept future election results if they don’t go the way a candidate wants—throwing out the rules so that the far-right extremists can “win”. We have promiscuous lying. And the extremists already in power set important constitutional questions on the ballot in historically low-turnout elections. Every conceivable trick has been employed to control the outcome of elections at every level.
This is piracy.
The situation is dire. If the extremists on the political right prevail in next week’s election, this very well could be the Last Election open to all voters in our country. If they prevail, and continue reckless exploitation of the planet, the future for all of us—democrats, republicans, adults, children, unborn, indeed all life on earth—will be taxed to the extreme by climate crises already set in motion.
Cheating? Given the fact that there are more non-Republican voters in Kansas than those who identify as Republican, is it any wonder that they are taking every step to cheat and control the outcomes while they can? Non-Republicans include the Democrats and non-affiliated voters. In a fair fight, the people’s will would be clearly heard. But we can’t have that, can we? Republicans have taken steps to hold onto power every which way they can. Call it cheating. It certainly lacks fairness.
Yet . . . If the extremists prevail, it will be the end of Earth as a habitable planet. We have to make this election count!
Remember the pirate motto:
“Take what you can. Give nothing back.”
And they won’t.