Your vote counts every time. That’s what my father taught me even before he became an official citizen.
Dad served in WWII for the Allies and was granted permanent residence here in the U.S. for that service. He was processed through Ellis Island. He worked Merchant Marines for years and finally took the “green card” benefit and brought his wife her in 1963. They bought a home in Long Beach, California, and in September 1963 adopted me. And they gave me a sadistic first name which is beautiful in their Native Norway, but not so great here. I started using the phonetic spelling which has worked just fine for 30 years. Venka is my name. They didn’t approve, but now their dead, so I’m technically free from criticism.
Except for those narrow minded bigots who tell me to “go home”. I am home. You leave, you racist fuck.
Dad took the Citizen protocol and was granted Citizenship in 1976. He was very proud. So was I. Dad and I were the same, as far as paper work was concerned. My narcisstic sociopathic mother remained a Resident Alien for the rest of her life. That was a problem for me, especially at the end of her life when she developed dementia. The trifecta of evil as far as she was concerned.
I’ve been a good citizen. Paid my taxes. Voted in each election. Held good jobs with a good income. It does nothing for me now that I have neurological brain damage caused by a Lucanar Stroke and can’t even do 3rd Grade Math. Foreign Exchange was one of my specialties. Numbers cause confusion and I transpose them. Forget about adding without a calculator.
That’s a small problem, if you neglect to add in the issue of lack of medical care.
I have Medi-Cal, a state funded program often referred to as MediCaid. I received my insurance through the Obama-care expansion. Yeah, the one the Republicans are trying to get rid of.
Those same Republicans are now going after Social Security and Medicare because those are “Entitlements”. Are they really? FICA was taken out of every check for 35 years. Medicare has been deducted as well – by the Government. So is your pay, Mitch McConnell.
FICA stands for Federal Insurance Contribution Act and it’s the first thing you Republicans go after when you’ve blown through the budget AGAIN and are looking at a deficit. FICA is Social Security and you think us dumb sheep don’t know that? Wrong. You’re stealing from us again and it’s not an Entitlement if we have to PAY FOR IT.
Dad and I went and voted together when I turned 18 and every election thereafter until I moved to Northern California, but we talked about Propositions and Candidates and Measures. He was always very interested and read up on each person or item. He approached voting as if it changed his life, and it did. Each candidate, measure and proposal had an impact on his life. Just as it does to me now.
Did I vote for Trump. No. Neither did 3 million people, but he is still President, and look how our country is? Divisive and uncaring and more racially charged than we’ve seen in 50 years. And if Muellar completes a shopping list of indictments (he has) against a lot of people who worked for Trump, but Trump’s direct involvement to the stupidity of the populace to be taken in by a con man, a shyster, a fake and a fraud who just wants to make a big name for himself while he gets richer – oh well. We screwed up? We should have done better?
The system is so broken and we have proof staring at us everyday. All the old white male senators. How many are in their 40’s? How many aren’t rich from being a Senator and voting on issues that make them rich? How many are farmers that don’t have millions of acres and get agricultural aid? How many don’t have stocks in companies they don’t support personally when blocking Big Pharma?
I give you a list of The Rich to nearly debters. Darrell Issa Rep. of the San Diego area is wealthiest. Figures. He’s in that Republican Bastion of Southern California.
Facts matter. Granted, not last weeks paycheck, but still.
Congress should be term limited, as should the Supreme Court. Serving until you die in the chair is ridiculous and pety. I love RBG, don’t die on me, but she deserves to be around family and grandchildren, not watching Kavanaugh having teenage agnst and failing to act like a Supreme Court Justice.
The gender ratio is 50/50, yet is our political representation 50/50? We are 63% white, 16% latino and 12% black. Who represents us?
Take a look at the makeup of our politicians. How many claim some ethnic background to justify his right to run? What about Pocahontas? Or should I say Sen. Elisabeth Warren who the President ridicules in front of Navajo Code Talkers because she’s white. She does have ancestry, but it ain’t enough for some, so she shouldn’t talk about it?
My adoptive parents were immigrants that Trump likes. Norwegian People. White. Not from a shithole country. Dad wouldn’t have voted for him. Dad would have seen the Hollywood Star for what he was – in it for him and his pockets. Mom, had she been a citizen and could vote, would have voted for him because they shared the same thinking and beliefs. He would have been wonderful after that Obama who almost ruined us.
Mom and Dad never discussed politics. That was a conversation between he and I. He said to me once, when I asked, why me and not Mom? “You’re intelligent, consider the pro’s and con’s, and make a decision on what will improve your life. Mom doesn’t. Looks and money are the important issues.”
They didn’t discuss weighty matters much. It bottered Mom and she would get upset and have a tantrum and fail in the bedroom until Dad (or I) said sorry. We’d stop talking now. Happy? Back to Jeopardy or Wheel.of Fortune?
God the melodrama with that woman. And the grey matter committing sepuka.
We have to Vote. Each and every one us.
Too much depends on it.