Beto O’Rourke’s popularity has grown in Texas but he faces the challenge of turning out young and Hispanic voters who tend not to vote. The same pattern is nationwide: those with most to lose seem less motivated. I have this to say to non-voting young people and Hispanics- When your world goes to hell as the GOP destroys your future, blame yourselves.
Democrats cannot afford to be discouraged. They need to keep talking about the issues that have found resonance among voters — health care, stagnant middle-class incomes, corruption, tax cuts for corporations and millionaires. They need to get minorities and young voters to the polls. As the Kavanaugh issue inevitably fades for Republicans, Democrats need to keep their eyes on the prize.
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There’s a great article in the Nation on a speech Dr. King gave in 1957 about voting rights (https://tinyurl.com/votingmatters2).
I know many young people who don’t vote, but they will complain about public policies that hurt them. Bernie Sanders recently held a town hall with Trump voters. They admitted they knew Trump was lying about the wall, etc., but they voted for him anyway. Mr. Sanders was able to get them to examine Trump legislative agenda and how it harms their social safety net. Please check it out on YouTube.
I’m working on my non-voting relatives, but it’s tough when folks rather pontificate on what’s wrong with the government rather than voting to change it.
Until those with the most to lose realize that voting can create public policies for the common good, otherwise why would the Republicans work so hard to eliminate their ability to vote unimpeded, little will change. Vote for the common good. Be the rock that changes the direction of the river. Cheers.