I used to think that most Americans agreed on a very simple principle — the more people who vote, the better. It sort of makes sense if you think about it. A system like ours would be much better served by having as many people vote as possible. Well, unless you talk to anyone with a vested interest in winning elections, apparently.
Republicans want to make everyone who votes carry a second ID, even though to register to vote you need an ID in the first place. Democrats don’t really want to be all that democratic about their primaries, even though they depend on independents to help carry them over the threshold in a few states, and if you think that the DNC pretty much giving the finger to all the young, engaged voters that Bernie Sanders has brought to the table won’t have disastrous effects in about twenty years on the voting population, you’re kidding yourself.
And no, this isn’t some Bernie Bro’s delusional meanderings. This is solid, solid truth. Check this out:
The next time some condescending asshole tells me to “feel the math,” this is the story I’m going to throw back in their face. Yes, the powers that be got the showdown they probably wanted all along. And that’s fantastic. For now. But what happens in 20 years when a lot of the people who did their damndest to keep the youth vote from mattering this year are, well, gone? For one reason or another a lot of party line Democrats will not be involved in the process, through death or a personal choice. And then what?
Well, then I think you’ll see even lower participation rates. I guess for the snobby and disconnected this could be a good thing. After all, those highly vaunted founders — you know, the ones that were so enlightened they kicked the can on slavery since a lot of them actually owned slaves — knew that democracy was so dangerous they created the electoral college and had originally kept the Senate as a position chosen by state governments, not directly elected. So clearly, they had it all right back in the late 18th century; which is also why we’re still using the same medical practices from that era, right?

For me, though, this election is the shining example of everything that is wrong and has gone wrong with our political machinery in the last several decades. If the so-called “Guccifer” leaks are to be trusted, the DNC and its pals in the corporate media structure got awful cozy with each other this primary season and it would only serve to fuel the angry fire burning within Sanders supporters who feel, pretty much rightfully so, that they were ignored, downplayed, pushed aside and condescended to from the get-go. Guccifer, if proven to be a reliable source of information, confirmed all those suspicions and then some.
But forget all that for now. Whether or not the free press was subverted by the Democratic National Committee isn’t a subject to be taken lightly, but just put all that out of your mind for a bit and focus only on the issue of whether or not how the DNC behaved is welcoming to new voters, brought into the fold by Sanders. Be intellectually honest with yourself as you figure out whether this sounds an awful lot like Republicans trying to maintain too tightfisted a grip on exactly who is in their party. Ask yourself if you think there won’t be serious political ramifications down the line, given that many thousands of Sanders supporters will feel unwelcome in the Democratic Party.
I’m honestly not even all that worried about what it means to the Democrats. Their shortsighted hubris will or won’t bite them in their ass’s ass, and I have no control over that. But what I’m most worried about is how many people just won’t give a fuck anymore because of how the Dems behaved. I’m concerned that a massive opportunity to take forward-thinking, youthful exuberance and turn it into actual political capital will cost the country when we look back and realize we had a chance to bring ourselves more in line with the other industrialized nations of the world, and chose instead to rock the status quo for awhile longer.
Maybe it’s because I’m just a dumb clown, and not a member of the political system that I mock, but I hate seeing so many young people shat upon by people older than them. Maybe every idea that Sanders put forward wasn’t feasible at the time, and maybe they’d all take tweaks and compromises to get them enacted, but the petty finger-wagging and condescension was the insulting icing on the cake.
The next time I hear anyone bitch about how millennials don’t care enough to be involved, I’m going to poke my eyeballs out with a spork. Clearly young people care and cared deeply in 2016. They were just outvoted. There’s nothing inherently wrong or evil about the youth vote candidate losing; it’s the way in which the winning side wins, and how they conducted themselves afterwards, that will have continued disastrous effects on this silly little experiment we call “America.”


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