The political system, and the way, we conduct elections, in the United States of America, have several distinct, unique differences, from most of the rest of the world. Historically, for perhaps, several reasons, we continuously witness, a far lower turnout, statistically, than the rest of the free world. Whether it’s because we take voting, for granted, or, we are dissatisfied with the choices, or, feel, our vote, doesn’t really make much of a difference, or for certain other reasons, that is our reality. Then, when, perhaps, someone, is elected, who many disagree with, they blame others, or engage in empty, political rhetoric. The reality is, if there was a greater voter turnout, the inevitable, election results, might be considerably different. With that in mind, this article will attempt to review, consider, and briefly discuss, 7 recent examples, and the potential ramifications.
1. Voter apathy: Why is there so much, voter apathy? Why do we get leaders, who so many consider, not – their – leader? Isn’t it something, the same people, who didn’t vote, because they had some excuse or rationalization, are often, among the first to complain, about the individual, who was elected? In the last Presidential election, would a larger turnout, and greater voter participation, have changed the results, and, perhaps, would that, have meant, a different set of current events, etc?
2. SCOTUS: President Trump will be able to appoint/ recommend, at least 2 Supreme Court Justices. One, already, was approved, and, the other, was recently announced. Since these individuals, serve, either, for – life, or until retirement, many policies, including issues such as Women’s Rights, social issues, health care, etc, will probably, end up, being determined by these people. In addition, it is possible, a ruling will be needed, and made by this group, regarding some aspect of the Mueller Investigation.
3. EPA: Former EPA Chief, Scott Pruitt, appeared to do, as much as possible, to significantly weaken environmental efforts, including reversing many policies, including, those, related to clean air and water, fracking, etc. With his resignation, the position is currently being served by an Interim Chief, whose background was, as a Lobbyist, for the coal industry. Obviously, this is a directive from the President.
4. Education: President Trump appointed Betsy DeVos, as his Secretary of Education. She comes to the position, focused on reducing certain programs and rights, and with a reduced focus on conventional, public education.
5. Immigration: Trump’s rhetoric and vitriol, has pitted one part of society against another. Would nearly any other option, in the Presidential election, have created, such an oppositional, immigration policy?
6. Free speech, and press: President Trump has made more negative statements about the American press, and, consistently, referred to anything, which disagrees, Fake News, while many fact – checkers, claim, this President, resorts to lying and misstatements, at an alarming rate. He supports certain fringe groups, while railing against free speech, when it opposes him. Prior to the last election, could anyone have anticipated, such a significant reversal in policy, etc?
7. Affordable Health Care: When he ran for office, Mr. Trump, often claimed, he would fix the flaws, and create a really, great health care program, which was far less costly. Many seemed to be attracted to this rhetoric and set of promises, although he provided few, if any details, of how he would accomplish this. Although, recent polls, indicate the majority of Americans would prefer to save and improve the previous law, President Trump has done, seemingly, everything within his power, to destroy/ hurt it. If his opponent was elected, does anyone believe, the results, would be, as they are, today?
The results of elections, have ramifications. Don’t blame others, especially, if you were one of the majority of Americans, who never voted, at all!