January 23, 2017 by Chris Kite
Our new President, along with many other Americans, had a question after they saw the masses of people gathering at Women’s marches across the country (and throughout the world). They wanted to know, “Why didn’t they vote?”
First, I am very confident that the vast majority of these women voted. Second, our President, his staff, and many of his supporters seem to have missed the fact that Hillary Clinton received more votes. Almost 3 million more votes! So it should come as no surprise that there are huge numbers of people that do not support the Republican agenda of taking health care from tens of millions of Americans, taking away women’s rights to control their bodies, destroying the environment, and all the other dangerous policies they hope to enact.
But there are certainly people that marched that did not vote. Only they know why. But I’ve got some ideas.
Maybe they bought into the often told stories of false equivalence. Also known as the lie that both candidates were equally bad.
Perhaps they were influence by Russian propaganda selling Hillary Clinton as corrupt and dishonest.
It could be they believed, when FBI Director James Comey took the unprecedented step of announcing yet another investigation into more e-mails that may have involved Hillary Clinton (but ultimately did not) just days before the election, that Hillary Clinton had done something illegal.
It is quite likely that some of these marches were among the thousands and thousands of voters that were stricken from voter registration in those states working so hard to suppress votes.
Consider that some of these folks didn’t vote because they bought into the false notion that all politicians are the same.
We can’t know for sure.
But it does appear that Americans have woken up. It appears Americans are once again concerned about the loss of rights that the Republican right is so intent on destroying. These marches were a massive showing of those that believe the Republican agenda is misguided, discriminating, and dangerous.
Discounting the millions that marched and not listening to their concerns will be a grave mistake for politicians across the country!