Buckle up, it’s going to be one wild ride to November

Throughout the years, one of the things proven true time after time is a saying that has been used in this column on many occasions which is “the world is run by those who show up.”

Never in the history of this great country will that be more true then on Nov. 6 when the midterm elections take place. The only question yet to be answered is who will show up, and what way will they be leaning when casting that all-important ballot.

Staying home on election day doesn’t give you an opportunity to speak your peace. Some argue as they did in 2016 that their staying home was showing disgust in both parties, but was that really a solution to the problem or did it exacerbate it?

America has probably never been more of a fractured society than what exists today. What also brings that to light more is everyone now has a forum to express their dissatisfaction with social media and instantaneous news sources.

So the message should be now more than ever don’t waste that all important constitutional right, and get out and vote.  Maybe “the world” will not be run by those who show up on that day, but the America and Michigan most certainly will.

What is interesting from people who love to observe the political world is few can remember a time when so many people were engaged and looking forward to the election. Be it to keep the present course, or to find a new direction, there are many who are expressing their opinions.

Late last week the Parkland, Fla., school students announced their intentions of organizing a bus tour to encourage young people not only to register to vote, but to get out and do it in November. If their message resonates with the youth it could enter an interesting dynamic into this election.

Add into the mixture the “#MeToo” movement, which has brought a long overdue female voice into a political world that in many instances has been dominated way too long by old, white men. There is another voting block that could sway an election in a particular direction.

Blacks and minorities are rightfully seeking a seat at the table as well. Depending upon the number of them who make an appearance on election day that could add another interesting twist for long time political observers to ponder what transpires on election day.

Toss on top of that the large number of Second Amendment advocates and the equally large anti-gun contingent who live within the borders of this country. Big question is which members of which group care enough to do something about their beliefs come election day.

We also can’t forget the Trump faithful who will support him for whatever he does and the many individuals who likewise will oppose him for whatever he does. Talking is one thing…showing up to vote will prove more beneficial for both sides.

You also have the elite who have benefited greatly from the past two years and feel there are too many entitlements and likewise the poor, who feel they have slipped down a step further into poverty during that time. Interesting thing about elections in America is the rich and poor both get a vote, but who shows up tips the scale one direction or the other.

Toss on top of that the gay, lesbian, transgender vote along with those immigrants who are citizens, but have family members who want to be and you have other voting blocks.

What you also have is one of the biggest blocks of all, which is the independents who don’t belong to either party and try to vote for candidates based on the person they feel will do the best job. If they rally to come out and vote unlike 2016, the big question is what way will they go when marking that ballot?

It used to be you had a clear cut choice of “A” or “B” when it came to selecting candidates. That isn’t always the case anymore and sometimes it’s hard to tell much difference between “A” and “B”.

Within the Republican Party itself there are factions who support the current president, and there are others who don’t. Among those who oppose the president are even two factions who think he doesn’t go far enough and others who want to go back to a more traditional party of the past.

On the Democratic side there doesn’t appear to be any clear leadership or path of where they want to take this country at times. In the past you would almost expect a landslide from an opposition party in the first mid-term, but that may not be the case this time depending upon if the Democrats can’t put aside differences like they didn’t do in 2016 with the Bernie-Hillary thing.

Two of the biggest questions that still remain for the mid-terms is which party will do a good job of getting their base out and then do the best job of convincing the above mentioned different factions not only to cast a ballot, but to vote for them.

Anyway you look at it is going to be one wild ride that will continue well beyond when I…see you next Wednesday.

 

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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