The government shutdown is our own fault

[slab_h5][slabtext]”For lack of guidance a nation falls,[/slabtext][slabtext]but victory is won through many advisers.” [/slabtext][slabtext]- Proverbs 11:14[/slabtext][/slab_h5]

During the 2012 general election, about 93 million Americans who were eligible to vote stayed home and didn’t bother voting. Think about that for a second. Almost half of eligible voters (American citizens over the age of 18 who are not rendered ineligible by their states’ laws on felonies and such) stayed home. They didn’t feel that it was important to take a few minutes (maybe an hour here and there) and vote.

What we are seeing now, the shutdown of the government and the unwillingness of either side to give in to the demands of the other (especially the fanatical demands of wanting to repeal “Obamacare”), is all our own fault. If we don’t vote, all of us, these things will happen. Why? Because the law of averages kicks in and Congress will truly reflect the will of the people. And, in the event that these shenanigans do happen, Congress will think twice before upsetting 100% of their constituents, not just the vociferous 30%.

All of us need to be the advisers of our nation.

[do action=”credit”]Featured image credit: Denise Cross Photography / Foter / CC BY[/do]

I'm a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Public Health program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. All opinions posted here are my own, of course, and they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my school, employers, friends, family, etc. Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @EpiRen

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  1. That is part of the equation, the other is voting with one’s mind and not simply following party lines.
    We get far too many people who vote for a politician purely due to party affiliation and pay absolutely no attention to what the candidate’s platform is, their opinion on various issues, etc.

    I’ve always voted from an educated position, knowing what each candidate had said, what their platform was, noted areas of agreement with them and disagreement with them. When I had a ticket full of turkeys, I have actually voted communist as a protest!
    Meanwhile, our local politics are rather different than the national and state level loggerheads.
    Our local democratic party sponsored a write-in ballot for a republican candidate for the state legislature. Of course, the republicans also supported him, but the county and state did not because he had deployed with the National Guard twice.
    I happened to personally know him, we walked the same ground overseas and I know his position on many topics. We disagree in some areas, we agree in others. He got my vote.
    He also won.

    Meanwhile, my wife used to proudly proclaim that she is a democrat.
    I always replied back that she is nothing because she doesn’t vote.
    To not put too fine a point on it, if one does not vote, don’t complain about the leadership. You didn’t care before, you obviously don’t care now and just want to complain about something and not do anything to change thing for the better.
    The only time I didn’t vote was when I was deployed and unable to get my mail in ballot in in time.

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