Back in August, I suspected that we would be where we are today. That expectation led me to shake off the musical cobwebs and do something I haven’t done since I’ve been old enough to vote, and to do something else I had never done before: write a song and produce a music video, respectively.
Here, with the help of a tremendous singer and a first-rate recording engineer, is the result: “It Matters.”
I encourage readers (and now, viewers) to show “It Matters” to people who don’t think their vote matters, and persuade them to get out and vote. Because it does:
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Anyone could have predicted a midterm elections pushback against an incumbent president. Just as easy to predict was that an establishment press completely invested in the status quo would, as soon as a possibly strong version of that result became imminent, begin claiming that these are “Seinfeld elections” — that is, they’re supposedly about nothing.
But what I was really worried about has almost come to pass — and it’s appalling.
After six-plus years of in-your-face governance against their will — dating at least back to the TARP fiasco — the electorate should be three times as upset as they were back in 2010. Instead, what I see are polls indicating that turnout may actually be lower among those who oppose the establishment’s agenda than it was four years ago.
I wrote the song and produced the video in hopes of influencing that.
As Stephen Hayes writes at the Weekly Standard, this batch of midterms is really “About Everything”:
… it is being fought over exactly the kinds of things that ought to determine our elections.
It’s about the size and scope of government. It’s about the rule of law. It’s about the security of the citizenry. It’s about competence. It’s about integrity. It’s about honor.
Make no mistake. This election also needs to be about shaking up the political establishment — and that includes the need to rattle even the winners. Too many of them have become too comfortable coexisting with an unnaccountable, out-of-control, all-encroaching government which can’t even perform its most basic functions, but still finds the resources to spy on and harass its citizens.
The best argument against this ending up as a “Seinfeld election” — not that there aren’t others, as noted — would be anti-establishment voter turnout which far surpasses all expectations.
Hayes is right. PJM’s Roger Kimball is right. These midterm elections matter like no other midterms have. As the song says, “There may not be a chance like this again.”