Does Voting Matter? One Can But Hope

Do you ever wake up and feel like this?

“Oh no.  No, no, no,” I thought after Bernie Sanders had a heart attack two weeks ago. “If he doesn’t run, I won’t vote.”

I have felt increasingly ambivalent about the power of my vote. That is to say, I feel powerless. I elected precisely two politicians in the last election. The state has gone red, and my vote no longer counts.

I  supported Bernie in the last presidential election, and he is still at the top of the pack, as far as I’m concerned. I agree with his socialist policies:  the Green New Deal, Medicare for all, free college tuition, eliminating college debt and medical debts, and banning advertising during presidential debates.  

The other candidates have made little impression on me.  I can’t see jumping out of bed and running to the polls to vote for liberals with spotty voting records.  And then there’s the image thing.  I think Elizabeth Warren’s PR people made a huge mistake in squandering several thousand dollars on a Facebook ad, in which they posted fake news, in order to show how easily misinformation can be promulgated.  Wouldn’t it have been more effective  to cancel her Facebook page in protest?  It’s not just the fake news problem, it’s the sad fact that people have been seduced to post all their private information at Facebook.  


Okay, every candidate has “borrowed” Bernie’s policies for his or her platform, so everyone is all right, right?  But the media are pushing only three of them:  Biden, Warren, and  Bernie.  No one else has been able to climb up from the middle or the bottom of the pack.  And that seems improbable.

I will vote next year, whether I like it or not.  The world is a mess.   I no longer have the option of not voting.  One votes in case it counts.

And I’m relieved Bernie is back:  he will participate in the debate on Tuesday. (Check his voting record:  he does what he says.)

Go, Bernie!

Author: Kat

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16 thoughts on “Does Voting Matter? One Can But Hope”

  1. ellenandjim – Ellen Moody holds a Ph.D in British Literature and taught in American senior colleges for more than 40 years. Since 2013 she has been teaching older retired people at two Oscher Institutes of Lifelong Learning, one attached to American University (Washington, DC) and other to George Mason University (in Fairfax, Va). She is also a literary scholar with specialties in 18th century literature, translation, early modern and women's studies, film, nineteenth and 20th century literature and of course Trollope. For Trollope she wrote a book on her experiences of reading Trollope on the Internet with others, some more academic style essays, two on film adaptations, the most recent on Trollope's depiction of settler colonialism: "On Inventing a New Country." Here is her website: No part of this blog may be reproduced without express permission from the author/blog owner. Linking, on the other hand, is highly encouraged!
    ellenandjim says:

    I’m with you and Bernie, but my feeling is this heart attack will be used against him effectively and he will again be sidelined. He is our best hope ….

    1. I’m sure they ARE using it against him. He is well-liked, though. We’ll have to see. Some people never took down their Bernie signs from 2016!

  2. Not a Bernie fan. There is no way in hell that this country will elect a New York Jew. But I’ll vote for the blue candidate even if I have to hold my nose. I can’t deal with all this shit anymore. My anxiety is at an all time high. Thank goodness for books.

    1. It certainly is a circus! I try to avoid reading political news. Let’s move up the election and get it over already.

      1. I do think Obama broke the racial and ethnicity barrier, so am crossing my fingers that we don’t have to worry about that factor anymore!

        On Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 9:20 AM Thornfield Hall: A Book Blog wrote:


          1. It’s nerve-wracking!

  3. Elizabeth Bass – Elizabeth Bass grew up outside of a very small town in East Texas in pre-NetFlix days. The first loves in her life were animals and Humphrey Bogart. She has written over forty novels of women's fiction, romance, and mystery under her own name and the pseudonyms Liz Ireland and Liz Freeland. She currently lives with her husband in British Columbia, where she writes and does freelance editing.
    lizbass says:

    I’m with anyone different than what we have now.

    1. Yes, that’s the way we must go.

  4. chrisharding53 – I'm a former journalist and sub-editor who loves needlework, reading and writing, and is still searching for the Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything. Until I find the answer I'm volunteering at an Oxfam Book Shop and learning about Creative Sketchbooks!
    chrisharding53 says:

    Of course voting matters! I’ve never managed to understand the American system, but historically, here in the UK people campaigned for universal suffrage and a secret ballot. You may not like the outcome of an election, but that is the way democracy works, and only by taking part in the process do you have any chance to make a difference.

    1. One does one’s best! Not voting can be a kind of protest. I am dismayed to say voting has made little or no difference lately both in federal and state government. And I have certainly done my duty by voting.

      1. So Clinton won by almost 3 million votes and because of our antiquated system look what happened. By the way Kat, Sanders had a huge turnout here yesterday.

        1. Yes, we’ve seen some stinking elections.
          Yay, Bernie!

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