December 19, 2011 Leave a comment
Todd’s first guest post:
Matthew Yglesias (not our Matthew here at Polentical) clumsily overstates things by accusing the 99% of not showing up for life, but we shouldn’t let that insult, or the ways the system discourages full participation, or anything else make us ignore his good point.
The Occupy movement is demonstrating how to change the political discourse by showing up. Showing up at the ballot box can cause further change. Even in 2008, when turnout was higher than it had been in nearly 50 years, more eligible voters stayed home than voted for the winning presidential candidate, Mr. “Yes We Can.”
If those 77 million or more citizens who didn’t feel either major party represented them had voted, we might now have more than two major parties.
Let’s hope they vote this time. The 1% will.