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Voting, not OWS, will change America

A low progressive turnout in 2010 got us into this mess. We can’t let that happen again

Cop-out at the Polls

In 2008, more than 65 million Americans cast Democratic votes in congressional races, a 13 million-vote edge over the Republicans. In 2010, the Democratic vote plummeted to an abysmal 35 million, 6 million less than the GOP, which took decisive power in the House and paralyzed the Senate.

We think we know this story. But the truth is, we haven’t begun to absorb its full details and implications yet:

  • The number of voters under 24 who bothered to go to the polls in 2010 dropped by a stupefying 60 percent, and those between 24 and 29 by almost 50 percent. Altogether, the participation of young people – who had been overwhelmingly pro-Obama in 2008 – declined by 11 million votes.
  • Among over-65-year-olds, the core of the Tea Party movement, the voting numbers barely changed, from 17.6 million in 2008 to 17.5 million in 2010.
  • The African-American vote fell by 40 percent, and the Hispanic vote by almost 30 percent.
  • Among the mostly white voters who earn more than $200,000 per year, the turnout fell by a scant 5 percent, from 7 million to 6.5 million.
  • Voting by those with annual incomes under $30,000 dropped by 33 percent, more than six times the figure for the affluent.

In effect, the abstainers turned a potential Democratic landslide into a full-scale collapse – with nightmarish consequences for civil rights, for the U.S. and world economies, and for social programs that range across the board from healthcare and educational funding to employment programs, pension benefits and the sagging national infrastructure.

It was a dream come true for the radical right, the sworn enemies of all public services. Their vote, measured at exit polls asking whether government was too intrusive, scarcely changed between the two elections, dropping from 50 million to 47 million.”


  1. katcameron reblogged this from climateadaptation and added:
    As I’ve always said: you can’t complain about politics if you didn’t vote. I voted so I’m allowed to complain.
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  9. rattyrattyjo reblogged this from occupywallstreet and added:
    Yes, voting is very important but it’s not your cure-all. At the end of the day, the government doesn’t care about us....
  10. theletterkilleth reblogged this from climateadaptation and added:
    the trouble here is that voting neither gets you laid nor makes you feel important.
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  21. infinitecosmia reblogged this from occupywallstreet and added:
    I’d like to throw my hat in here, because you guys know I’m big on “If the majority voted we wouldn’t be in such a...
  22. laughing-rabbit reblogged this from occupywallstreet and added:
    well if a major part of the problem is corporations being so intensely involved in the political system, then it seems...
  23. theinvisikid reblogged this from occupywallstreet and added:
    Thing is, democrat, republican, socialist, independent, whatever…if they’re a politician, chances are they don’t care...
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  25. superfuntimedeluxe reblogged this from occupywallstreet and added:
    Voting on its own will not change anything. You need more than that. Granted it is one way to affect how we are...
  26. reasonedoverreaction reblogged this from wespeakfortheearth and added:
    OWS will change America. It will hopefully help encourage people to do exactly what this article is proposing - vote....
  27. wespeakfortheearth reblogged this from climateadaptation and added:
    Don’t like the title of this article, but the main point is completely valid: VOTE!!!
  28. nikatronz reblogged this from climateadaptation and added:
    Good read.