I wake up this morning to find that the nightmare of election results was no dream. Conservatives won everywhere, even Massachusetts. All the while Americans continue to say to the polls and the ballot box they disagree with the conservatives. Voters around the country support an increase to the minimum wage, want to abandon the drug war, favor prison and sentencing reform, support reproductive health care (and other equal) rights for women, have no problem with gay marriage, favor legalization of marijuana, have a strong environmental awareness, and want consumer protections… all things Republicans, especially Tea Party Republicans, do not support ….So what gives?
A few things. Most importantly, American voters don’t vote. But wait, this not just about apathy, even though there’s plenty of this, especially among the young. See Hank Green on this here. The corporate interests (and old, rich, white, conservative men who control them) do not want women, people of color, and poor people to vote. As noted above, if the entire electorate turned out to vote, those Republicans would lose. Don’t think they don’t know this. Voter turnout is suppressed both directly and indirectly.