The Way We Win: Traditional Voting

This is my rant on voting from 11/8/11. If we really want to change things, we'll encourage people to vote. Do that, and the RW loses.
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Milt Shook @miltshook
I'm told "traditional voting" no longer works. How do we know, unless we try?
Milt Shook @miltshook
Back when 60-65% voted in presidential years, and 48-50% did so in off-years, good people usually won a majority.
Milt Shook @miltshook
When turnout was higher, we got Medicare, civil rights, affirmative action and the EPA. With lower turnout, we get 30 years of neocons.
Milt Shook @miltshook
Seems to me, looking at actual statistics, the solution to most problems these days is to increase turnout.
Milt Shook @miltshook
The GOP doesn't keep winning because they have great ideas and message. They win because they have a negative message that make people sick
Milt Shook @miltshook
Given that the GOP's main strategy is to piss people off and depress turnout, shouldn't our strategy be to give them hope, increase turnout?
Milt Shook @miltshook
The GOP WANTS low turnout, cuz they know their rabid followers will vote for them no matter what. Low turnout give GOP victory by default.
Milt Shook @miltshook
Therefore, the left should be the opposite of the right wing, not just like them.
Milt Shook @miltshook
We should be hopeful, make people want to vote. Do that, and we win. For a change.
Milt Shook @miltshook
And there is reason for hope. There are a lot of good people running for office. Not all of them are hard core libs. So what?
Milt Shook @miltshook
If you want everyone to think progressive thoughts, you need to sell them on progressive ideas. it doesn't "just happen."
Milt Shook @miltshook
Getting people "pissed off" is only a start. W/out viable strategy for winning elections, all the nicest thoughts in the world are wasted.
Milt Shook @miltshook
Wanna change the campaign finance system? You need laws, which means, you need to win elections.
Milt Shook @miltshook
Want to change the voting system, stop the disenfranchisement? You need to win state elections, change the law.
Milt Shook @miltshook
Want to break up banks that are too big? You need to change the law, which means you have to win elections.
Milt Shook @miltshook
Things don't just happen because we want them to. Even civil rights for blacks needed legislation to happen (on paper).
Milt Shook @miltshook
Medicare didn't become what it is on the first bill; it took constant changes and revisions, which meant laws had to be pass, elections won.
Milt Shook @miltshook
If u want a health care system with a "public option," then realize; when you replace Blue Dogs with baggers, you lessen the chance of that
Milt Shook @miltshook
The key to a democratic system is the elections. If you want to know why our votes aren't working, it's because votes don't work alone.
Milt Shook @miltshook
For voting to work, you must gather them together into a bloc. Blocs require compromise. if you can't compromise, you're not into politics
Milt Shook @miltshook
When I hear garbage like "traditional voting doesn't work," i feel like I'm being dragged into a fantasy world.
Milt Shook @miltshook
The reason idiots keep being elected is because of a LACK of votes. It's because of the numbers of people who stay home.
Milt Shook @miltshook
And they stay home, because WE'RE NOT GIVING THEM A REASON TO SHOW UP. They show up for hope. They show up when it makes them feel good.
Milt Shook @miltshook
Most ppl won't show up at the polls cuz they're pissed off, because they don't get pissed off at politics. They get discouraged by politics.
Milt Shook @miltshook
Think about it. if one sides screaming, and another side joins in, who do rational ppl listen to? NEITHER OF THEM. They go watch a movie.
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