I could never vote in good conscious for a party…

It’s pretty obvious from this blog where my political priorities lay.  I am, on occasion, moved by something going on at the state or national level and compelled enough to put it on this space.  That said, 2016 is already shaping up to be one of the most interesting election years yet. While the GOP is becoming increasingly irrelevant as the party of “no” and “anti-science,” they are also spending a lot of time and energy to make sure that the votes of anyone else do not count.

The short of this strategy is twofold.  1) The GOP is actively pursuing changing electoral college votes from whatever-it-currently is (where delegates are assumed to vote for whoever won the popular vote) to making delegates vote for whichever party runs that particular congressional district! Meaning, if the popular vote is for Candidate X, but Candidate Y’s party won the previous congressional election, the popular vote doesn’t matter because the district goes to Candidate Y.

Think about this for a second:  your vote in the presidential election doesn’t matter.

Courtesy of ThinkProgress

The second of this is something I’m not going to spend a lot of time on, but 2) The GOP is actively pursuing ways to disenfranchise voters.  Voter ID laws, reducing the capacity for places to handle long lines, etc.  You know, the stuff that made Desiline wait 6 hours.

Now why would the GOP be making such desperate moves?  This is the easy questions.  Because in 20 years, if they do not change, they will not survive.  Texas, a current red state, will change so dramatically in demographic that the current Latino vote will transform it into a blue state.  The same goes for AZ and NM.  Moreover, every time a moderate comes into play for the GOP, the party runs like hell.

I guess the point that they want to make is that they don’t care about what the country wants, but at the same time, they are not willing to give up their seats in government.  And like the title says, not many could vote of such a party in any good conscious.


Saturday is Sunday; Get out the VOTE!

Saturday is Sunday today… because instead of relaxing tomorrow, I’m relaxing today.  That means… blogging.  So: Ready to go? Let’s go!

If you’ve been following my tweets this week, you’d notice that I was rather distraught with the state of the Michigan government trashing the rights  of the LGBT citizens in this state.  While I’m still distraught, I release some of this energy by working to reverse the hatred that seems to permeate Lansing’s political crust: I’ve become an organizer for the Obama 2012 campaign.  It’s an interesting and albeit unplanned to the already heavy workload I have as a full-time graduate student with a 24-hour-a-week GA, but it’s worth it.  Besides, I’m probably going to need some preparation in learning how to sleep less as I potentially end up in a residential life department next year.

Another positive aspect to joining the OFA #FallFellows11 program is the amount of energy that the professional staff have in supporting the volunteer staff.  Here’s the lesson we learned on day one: