What the fuck? They shouldn’t take them off the endangered species list if this shit is going to happen.
We allowed this to happen, not “they.” Recall that only 80% of the 18-29yo demographic did not vote in the 2010 mid-terms. My demographic didn’t fare so well either. If we don’t participate in our democracy, then our elected officials are free to respond to the people who do participate.
People, just like you and me, lobbied to take wolves off the ES list and open up hunting. They participated in democracy, we did not. It’s us, not them. We need to take responsibility for our inactions, stop blaming others, and participate. See my posts HERE, HERE, and HERE on what I believe we can do. You are a very powerful force, but if you sit and do nothing you will continue to lose.
“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:
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.”
The Economist says pretty much what I did the other day, just more eloquently:
"Many of these aggrieved youth believe that the government has become unresponsive, that their voices have been silenced, and therefore protest is the only option. But this strikes me as a fundamental misreading of the past three years. It is likely that few of the protesters have actually taken part in the more mundane aspects of the system they’d like to take down—for example, only 24% of 18- to 29-year-olds voted in the 2010 mid-term elections. And while they were quietly seething, the tea-party movement was showing America what democracy actually looks like, pushing their candidates forward and holding them accountable. When liberals complain that the Republicans are beholden to the tea-party movement, is that not an admission that the system is responsive?
Which is not to say that it is working perfectly. There is no doubt that some of what we are hearing out of the Wall Street encampment is correct, and there have been good suggestions as to how to translate these sentiments into action. But perhaps the biggest reason young people feel so alienated by their government is because they have removed themselves from the process of choosing it. Tea-party people have been known to take over public spaces, too. Then they go vote.”
"This only bolsters my case for the need to engage in the process. I want the enviro-left to engage in the process of making laws. I want to read your letters to your representatives. I want photos of you speaking out at townhall meetings. I want to see how you found out that a permit to build a road in a protected forest was flawed.
So, make fun of me all you want when I argue that environmentalists don’t know about their options to shape policy. Snark and bark at me all you like when I show that disengagement from lawmaking is not only a very serious problem, it’s the cause of modern day problems. Condescend to your wits-end when I argue that people can’t change a system that they don’t understand. Call me names when I point out that protesters won’t be taken seriously because they’ve been demonstrably too lazy to engage in the actual process of making said policies.
I further argue that enviro-left organizations are partially to blame for this engagement deficit. Their methods are, generally, reactionary. E.g., it’s a series of short-term action campaigns that start with “Sign this petition of the month” followed by lots of exclamation points and a “donate” button. No mention of how the law came to be. No mention of when or how or why Congress reviewed said laws in the first place. No mention of the Federal Register or committee debates or how to find out about the public comment period.”
Heads up, Wednesday:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is planning to hold a vote Wednesday on an amendment to small business legislation that would permanently block the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate rules.
The amendment, offered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), would prohibit EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
“I think we’re at a point where in the morning we can vote on the McConnell Amendment dealing with the EPA and a couple of other amendments relating to EPA to get rid of that issue one way or the other,” Reid said on the floor Tuesday.
Source: The Hill