The Democrats ran a very good “get out the vote effort”. The Democrats are on a completely different level with their GOTV success. In all heavily Democratic precincts, people were handing out flyers just outside the polling place. People were literally in the streets flagging down cars getting people to vote. This is only what we witnessed. Odds are that they had plenty of people knocking on doors on election day driving people to the polls. The coordinated GOTV effort in the 43rd resulted in turnout increasing over 15%! That was what made the margin of victory so great.
If the guardians don’t care, who will? Who will the children look to for answers? They can’t ask young people that are older than they are, because they have gone down the same worthless path.
Third, dramatic education reform is a winning issue that will move more minorities into the Republican column. It is the Democrats and misguided Republicans that keep Illinois children in failing schools by not supporting a school choice programs and more rapid charterization of education infrastructure.
One survey asked kids where they like to spend their free time, and got this response: “I like it indoors best, that’s where the electricity is.” He was honest, and hardly alone. Author Richard Louv calls this, “Nature Deficit Disorder,” in a book called Last Child In the Woods. Of course there is actually no such disease, and certainly no pill for it as well. There are, however, consequences related to this “disease.” Childhood obesity is up, science scores are down.
And a big congrats to my friends at Hoosier Access and Capitol & Washington. They, along with Indiana Barrister, made the washington Post’s list of best state political blogs in the country. Indiana Barrister also made the list back in 2009.
Naturally, I do things like recycle, buy less, and take public transit. Living in downtown DC is a great way to go green. Limited square footage keeps any desire to buy “stuff” in check, and living a block from the Metro is a dream.
If you are like most progressive Americans, the answer is no. Maybe you’ve sent in five bucks here or there, or shared a clever Facebook post with all two thousand of your friends who have also not done a thing. The truth is, you haven’t done anything to try to move the Democratic party back to its more liberal roots. You haven’t even brought out your fiddle while your country burned. Until you have acted, I submit that you do not have the right to complain that the Democratic Party does not represent your values. If you haven’t given them a reason to listen to you, this mess is your fault.