Today is the big day…the day that we all have been hearing about for over a year…..the 2018 Midterms (or is it mid-terms)….but no matter which way you vote….whether as a human or otherwise….there is one thing that is for sure….no matter who wins what the biggest loser will be democracy.
When Angelina Cruz, the head of the teachers’ union in Racine, Wisconsin, goes canvassing, she doesn’t just knock on doors. If she sees someone in the street she approaches them and starts a conversation.
“D’you know you can vote today,” she asked a young black man who walked by last Saturday.
“I can’t,” he said. “I’m a felon.” (A felon is someone who has committed a “serious crime”.)
“On papers or off papers,” she asked. (In Wisconsin your voting rights are only restored after prison, parole and probation have all been served, and you are “off papers”.)
“On papers,” he said.
“Well, ask your friends to vote,” said Cruz.
“Most of them are on papers too,” he yelled back.
This may not matter to too many people….if not please do one thing no matter what…VOTE!
Dems may win the House but that matters not because…within the Party there is a “Civil War” brewing…..
Now here is something really interesting, via Politico: there’s a growing cultural divide within Democratic ranks:
As the party’s attention turns to the presidential nominating season, one of its biggest challenges will be navigating this culture war in its own ranks. The energy at the moment is with the liberal wing, centered around cities and college towns and on the coasts, its members mostly white and college-educated and far to the left on social and cultural issues compared with the rest of the party. But its voting majority is still more blue-collar and diverse, many of whom favor an incremental approach on social issues and who are more interested in preserving the clout of longtime powers like Crowley and Capuano than in notching symbolic victories for the “resistance.”
In many of the cases outlined above, the policy differences between the candidates are microscopically small. Nearly all Democrats favor tackling income inequality, raising taxes on the wealthy and the minimum wage, and reforming the criminal justice system. There is some dispute over how fast to move and how far to go, but the broad outlines are the same. The differences, in one analysis, are stylistic, and so it is easy to imagine that they will be worked out over the next year as the party settles on another presidential nominee.
The Midterms may make these divisions more pronounced…..but the real battle will begin January 2019….how will the country turn?