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How to fix the American political situation, in one easy step

Are you ready for it?

Vote.

It’s as simple as that.

Vote in the general election. Vote in the primary election. Vote every time you can.

Maybe there’s an extra step. Maybe you need to register your affiliation with a party or as an independent. That’s easy pretty easy too. If you live in a state with closed primary elections, you’ll want to do that.

But after that, it’s pretty straightforward. Find some time on election day, one day every two years. Make it a priority. Vote.

Are you sick of crazy extremists holding political parties hostage?

Vote.

Water down their influence. Let Republican senators and congressmen know that if they face a challenge from the hard right in their primary, that you’ll be supporting them. Let them know for every tea party person they piss off, they’ll encourage a moderate.

The Tea Party have the power they do because they vote. They show up. They are disproportionately represented in those who vote in primary elections. So they get to elect their own and, worse still, they get to hold more moderate members hostage with the threat of their power.

But you know what? They’re not that great in number. They really aren’t. Their influence can be diluted.

You just have to vote.

 

4 thoughts on “How to fix the American political situation, in one easy step

  1. While I broadly agree, it’s also essential that the legal barriers that are being constructed to stop people from voting are fought.

  2. You are a genius Erin, it is actually as simple as that.

    I would add that taking electoral boundaries out of the politicians hands and having non-partisan commissions would create more contestable (and therefore moderate) races.

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