The major complaint among the citizenry about their government nowadays has been, Why can’t Democrats and Republicans work together to get things done? It seems the acrimony between the two rises ever higher. Extreme political factions, calling for no quarter when it comes to working together have practically shut down any progress on the country’s problems.
There is a solution to this problem and it lies with the electorate. The voters can end the gridlock simply and easily by voting and when they do, voting a straight party ticket. The outcome of such a vote would clearly show the direction the majority of the voters want the country to take. As voters we vote not for a general direction or plan but let our votes become diluted over class or religion or small issues. The division created lessens the force of our vote, and all we are left with are petty squabbling politicians with no eye toward the country as a whole, only the country as defined by their petty issues.
Kentucky is a good example. Among registered voters Democrats outnumber the Republicans by almost a half million, yet Kentucky is considered a Republican State. That is only possible if voters either don’t vote, which should be considered shameful, or voters split their vote between Democratic and Republican candidates. A sure recipe for a gridlocked government, which is what we have had lo these many years! It is for certain that as long as voters split their votes the squabbling will continue.
Maybe this could be the year when voters will recognize the importance of their vote and that the ability to end this stalemate lies with them. Instead of sending a blurry picture of what we want to our legislators to do, hopefully we will put small issues aside and vote a straight party ticket no matter what your party of choice is. The outcome of such a vote might not only surprise us but it might actually move the country forward. We’ve tried everything else, why not?