By Yochanan Gordon
The fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” is a real phenomenon. That is, if the alarm bells are sounded by a person who is always predicting doomsday disasters, regardless of how much we revere that person’s opinions on matters, it tends to leave less of an impact than if the same was emanating from a more irregular source. It’s specifically for this reason that I have transcended my comfort zone here to write about the upcoming election, which, if history is any indicator, will be met with an underwhelming turnout among registered voters.
In a Bloomberg.com article from earlier this week, Jordyn Holman and Sahil Kapur noted that while voter turnout in the U.S. is typically low, it is even more lackluster during midterm elections. In 2014, 36 percent of eligible voters cast their votes. While they did mention that 44 percent of U.S. firms, a record number, will be giving their employees up to two hours of paid time off to exercise their right to vote, we can’t just leave the turnout to statistics. There is just too much on the line.
The Democrats are banking on low voter turnouts in the upcoming election to see a shift in the political King of the Hill — Capitol Hill, that is — in the House and Senate. It’s for this very reason that debate requests from the GOP have been repeatedly declined. They are trying as best as they can to keep a low profile and less of an urgency among voters to get out and make their voices heard.
Despite perpetual attempts by the Democrats over the past two years with investigations, allegations, and political disruptions on many levels, the Trump administration will go down as the most productive, considering the abysmal state this country was in when he took the baton from the previous administration. The economy has made a record comeback, jobs are at an all-time high, and the president’s approval rating, as reflected in a recent NBC/WSJ poll, is at 47 percent, which is up about three percent from where Obama was at this time in his presidency.
As much as the left would love to see things turn around for them in this election cycle, it seems even they are gearing up for a failure from the way the numbers are looking now. But this itself could be seen as a ploy towards causing a spirit of false confidence and complacency with the GOP voting bloc to stay home on Election Day. So I am here to say that we need to come out in droves on November 6 and prove to the political heads that we represent a vocal and politically engaged segment within society and allow the numbers to do the talking. Because although maintaining a Republican majority in both the House and Senate is imperative for the continued progress of the previous two years, we still need to prove to the people in power that we understand the importance of civic activism. That will go a long way in ensuring that our collective needs are heard and considered because we are a force that needs to be reckoned with.
This article kicks off a concerted Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign that you will begin to see regularly advertised in these pages. It’s no coincidence that the letters GOTV, if scrambled, comprise GOVT, which is the abbreviation for government. The message is clear. It’s well within our power to align the government, on a local, state, and countrywide level, with our values. All we have to do is GOTV.