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Voting Against Your Own Best Interest

For the life of me, I cannot figure out why Republicans keep voting against their interests. Time has told us that today’s Republican voter will cast their ballot for the person who does not represent their true needs or even their true desires. Of the 100 poorest counties in the country, 95 of them are in red-states. Of the states with the highest uninsured rate, red-states top the list. So why do Republicans keep electing anti-welfare, anti-healthcare candidates? Your guess is as good as mine.

A recent poll from CBS/New York Times sheds light, yet again, on the fact that Republicans are more “liberal” than they think. They’re so liberal, in fact ,that they tend to agree with socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Yes, you read that right. Today’s Republican voters unknowingly agree with Bernie Sanders on a multitude of campaign finance reform issues. While Republicans like Reince Priebus and Mitch McConnell say unlimited money in our elections is the American way, their base of supporters wholeheartedly disagree:
◾80% of Republicans believe money has too much influence in our politics and electoral system
◾54% believed that most of the time candidates directly help those who gave money to them
◾55% of Republicans feel the wealthy have more influence in the election process because of current campaign finance laws
◾81% of Republicans felt that the campaign finance system needs fundamental changes (45%) or a complete rebuild (36%)
◾71% want to limit the amount that individuals can give to campaigns
◾73% felt that super PAC spending should be limited by law
◾76% thought that superPACs should be required to disclose their donors

Wow…I guess the party of Mitch McConnell and Reince Priebus are full of First Amendment-hating socialists. While corporate media conglomerates try to paint Sanders as an unpopular kook who has no chance of winning, he actually becomes more popular as more people figure out who he is. And with 80% of Republicans agreeing with him on one of his most fundamental positions, Sanders shouldn’t be underestimated.

Thom Says It All

If ever you aren’t sure why elections matter, just take a look at our court system. Earlier this week, three judges – all appointed by Democrats – stood up for voting rights in North Carolina. Only days earlier, the most conservative members of the Supreme Court issued a stay to slash early voting in Ohio.
The three-judge panel on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed North Carolina’s new voting laws, and put a stop to two of the provisions that would have disenfranchised many voters in the upcoming election. While the democratic appointees declared “the right to vote is fundamental,” the right-wing justices on the Supreme Court allowed Ohio’s restrictive voting laws to stay in effect this November.
To make matters worse, our nation’s highest court didn’t even hear arguments in the Ohio case, or provide any justification for their ruling. The distinction is clear. Judges appointed by Democrats understand that voting is a fundamental right in our nation. Judges who were appointed by Republicans see no problem with limiting our ability to participate in the democratic process.
Elections matter for many reasons, but the effect they have on our judicial system may be the most important reason why we have to get out and vote this November.
-Thom