“Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear. Making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top, protecting our country and protecting our planet.” – Hillary Clinton’s concession speech full transcript: 2016 presidential election
Let’s please stop blaming the 3rd party candidates. They only made up about 3% of votes cast. One path to fixing the choices we get is to encourage third, fourth and fifth parties.
Here is some math from an angry Dyslexic:
Problem number 1 – There are 218,959,000 eligible voters in this great country. 146,311,000 of those are registered, so, 72,648,000 don’t care to participate in our democracy. Nearly 73Million people! ..Lazy? Disenfranchised?
Problem number 2 – In 2012, a year of huge turnout, 126,144,000 cast votes.. so the 20 Million difference who are registered just could not be bothered.
Problem three and why Hillary lost – Turnout this year? 124,344,129 (this is still evolving). That almost 18million (or 38Million if you count all registered voters) decided it wasn’t sexy enough an election to get their butts off the couch.
A non-vote is still a vote.. in this country if you believe in progressive ideals, you HAVE to vote. We win by turn out. No turn out = Conservative agenda. There are actually more of us than them, but it does not matter if you don’t show up.
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.”
— Edmund Burke