If you think voting doesn’t work, wait’ll you find out how effective NOT voting is!

The Gallup Organization has bad news and really bad news for us: faith in US institutions is crumbling:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans are less confident in major U.S. institutions than they were a year ago, with significant declines for 11 of the 16 institutions tested and no improvements for any. The largest declines in confidence are 11 percentage points for the Supreme Court — as reported in late June before the court issued controversial rulings on gun laws and abortion — and 15 points for the presidency, matching the 15-point drop in President Joe Biden’s job approval rating since the last confidence survey in June 2021.

While the percentage drop is significant (no d’uh!), look at the final numbers.

To me it’s more stark that Congress’ 5pt drop leaves them in single-digit territory (and peoples’ faith in Congress really dropped by nearly 50%, when you think about it), than President Handsome Joe Biden had a 15pt drop that leaving him in the 25% range.

To the degree that Democrats control the trifecta, this is good news for amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell who will no doubt exploit that.

Therefore our mission is making sure our friends and neighbors realize that the Senate is the part of Congress that has stopped all progress. It’s not making excuses, it’s stating the obvious fact that we need more Democrats in the Senate (and lessen the Manchinema obstruction). IF we can get 52+ Democratic Senators, we can fix a lot of our broken country. And IF we can keep the House.

That’s a big IF and all of this is an uphill climb. Quit your whining, ya mugs, and get to work!

Governor Jay Inslee (WA) notes that all is NOT lost:

“I can tell you that on the street, what you hear is a bubbling, seething cauldron of anger at the Republican Party for putting in these antediluvian judges who think they can take us back to the 18th century. My spidey sense and the polling indicate it’s going to help people decide not to vote for the red team.”

The NYTimes:

“From the suburbs of Philadelphia and Grand Rapids to more conservative territory in Nebraska, there are early signs that some voters who disapprove of Mr. Biden also increasingly believe that Republicans have gone too far to the right on a range of issues, particularly abortion…”

As Bill Nye said at the Aspen Ideas Festival about climate change:

“To be sure, recycling the bottles, don’t throw the plastic away [and] compost your compostable things … Start there. But if you want to do one thing about climate change: Vote.”

He’s absolutely right. If you think voting doesn’t work wait’ll you find out how effective not voting is!

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7 Responses to If you think voting doesn’t work, wait’ll you find out how effective NOT voting is!

  1. The problem with the generic Congress polling is that everyone thinks all the rest are crooks, but their own. Incumbency is the single greatest predictor of re-election by far…

    But yeah this year’s a fight…lots of new districts (I got redistrected out of my old one into a new, redder one 😦 because the fucking Governor finally figured out how to rig the “independent” AZ redistricting commission: appoint an “Independent chair” who went along with all the republican-generated maps.

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      On the ballot this year is a Wee the Stinky Pipples added initiative rolling back all the voting fuckery the Lege has implemented since 2016, eliminating the Permanent Early Voting List, killing automatic voter registration when you get or renew a drivers license, banning returning ballots from other people, (So called ‘ballot harvesting’ which, like voting by mail, only became an issue when perfidious brown Demonrats started doing what the fascist party had been doing for years…)

      Of course the Fascist Lege put a bunch of their own on there: making it much harder for Wee the Stinky Pipples to successfully get an initiative on the ballot since we keep voting in stuff the Fascists don’t like, gotta vote those fucker down, like this one:

      One proposed by Sen. Vince Leach, R-Tucson, would amend the Voter Protection Act. That’s the 1998 measure approved at the ballot that forbids lawmakers from repealing anything approved by voters and limiting their ability to change it unless it “furthers the purpose’’ of the original measure and gets a three-fourths vote.

      This would give lawmakers permission, by simple majority, to effectively rewrite or repeal an entire voter-enacted law if any part, no matter how small, is declared illegal or unconstitutional by a court. And if a voter-approved measure actually raised money, lawmakers would be free to divert funds from its intended purpose elsewhere.

      That act was passed with HUGE HUGE margins, after an initiative to allow Medical Marijuana was passed (with a quite narrow margin) and the next session the Lege just said “Fuck you” to the voters and invalidated it. Even folks against legalizing marijuana voted for that one, it was such a blatant middle finger to the voters.

      This would also effect things like the Red for Ed initiative that raised taxes on the top 1% to pay for school funding, so the Lege just went an eliminated taxes, more or less. (not exactly, but cit them so much that the new initiative would have raised nothing)

      Another one says that any voter initiative that raises taxes must get 60% of the vote to pass. I’ll have to look it up, but the original draft said it was 60% in every single precinct, meaning something could pass with 90% of the vote , but some dumbfuckistan precinct in Red Shithole AZ with 25 voters could thwart the will of 90% of the state’s voters.

      So if your state is like the Terrible Sand Kingdom (and I am deeply sorry if it is!), watch those ballot measures like a hawk. (

      Another favorite trick of the Lege, who are allowed to stick on a ballot measure with just a majority vote, is to put on a measure that sounds just like one that Wee the Stinky Pipples got on the ballot but does the opposite. Just to dilute the vote)

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  2. roket says:

    My question is why include republican opinions in polls when we already know they hate everything about this country?

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  3. Stony Pillow says:

    The retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore (rescued New Orleans after Bush fked up the response to Katrina) gives us our marching orders:

    We fought two world wars and we fought a civil war. The two world wars we fought were to secure the freedom of other people. We fought the Civil War to end slavery. Every generation has a war to fight. This generation needs to understand that their war is to save our democracy and to prevent authoritarian rule. You don’t need to pick up a weapon to fight this war. You need to vote for what is right. I’m still optimistic that we can maintain our democracy, but we need to remind people, as I often do, that we’ve got to hold the damn line, because if we lose our democracy, we are not getting it back.

    Gotta read the whole article — it’s reprinted on MSN so you don’t have to use up a Salon link.

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  4. annieasksyou says:

    We have to vote like our lives depend upon it…because they do.


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