“The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter.”
What is it that keeps the United States states together? What is it that keeps a dictator from coming to power? What is it keeping the United States alive?
It’s the power to vote. The power to make change and share opinions. It’s the power to lead this country into the future.
But most of all, voting gives us a chance at redemption. Voting gives people a chance to make change after learning from their mistakes. But, voting can also serve as Enemy Number 1 to a democracy. Winston Churchill once said, “The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter.” But American citizens have the chance to prove him wrong.
Midterm elections are Americans’ shot at redemption and their chance to prove Winston Churchill wrong. Americans need to read and listen to the news and immerse themselves in information. It doesn’t matter what side of the political spectrum someone is one, if they don’t listen to the press and read the newspaper, they are disrespecting the first amendment. They dissect their country.
Midterm elections prove to be the sole most important part of the upkeep of modern democracy. Without midterm elections, presidents would be able to do whatever their heart desires. Because of these elections, presidents are free to do only things that align with their party’s set of ideals. However, midterm elections commonly bring immense change to Congress. For instance, during the Obama, Bush, Clinton, and Reagan administrations, Congress was taken by the opposing party. Today the midterm elections prove to be more important than ever.
Donald Trump has one of the most Partisan agendas in the last 40 years. Trump has appointed two Supreme Court justices that are pretty much the definition of hard core conservatives- so hard core that many Republicans such as Jeff Flake (Republican- Arizona) had their doubts. The midterm elections are what makes it possible for our country to find a happy median between liberal and conservative ideals. Without midterms, the United States may just be doomed.
But it seems the problem isn’t the disappearing of midterm elections, it’s the voter turnout. Every year, the voter turnout seems to decrease as the GOP scares certain minorities and groups into not voting. Polls become less accurate as people don’t show up to vote. After all, if everyone in the United States had vote during the 2016 elections, Donald Trump probably wouldn’t be our president.
Currently polling website FiveThirtyEight predicts that the Democrats will take the House, while the Republicans will take the Senate. However, as New York Times columnist David Leonhardt said, it’s important to remember that the polls may be inaccurate. It’s important to remember that by not voting in the midterms, people disrespect the treacherous journeys their ancestors took to get to this country. They disrespect the sacrifices the Founding Fathers made to establish this democracy and bring liberty for all citizens. But it’s time to rise up. It’s now up to the citizens of the United States to preserve their precious gift of democracy. It is up to the citizens to drive their country into the future, a future with democracy.