The Problem With Politics Today? The Opposition Must Be PUNISHED!
Every election, someone makes comments about voter apathy. After all, such a small percentage of Americans take to the polls each year, it actually is a problem.
However, that's not the only thing that will discourage voter participation. These days we also get to deal with people who want the other side punished.
For example, take the recent vote on a millage increase in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The small town of less than 20,000 people voted down a tax increase last week. Just a local matter, right?
Well, it would be, except that at least one supporter of the millage increase wants the community to punish the areas that voted against the increase, including at least one of the poorest sections of town.
Of course, this individual wasn't content to call for abandoning entire sections of town to the tender mercies of the criminal element. Oh no, he had to double down with a healthy dose of claiming the predominately black regions that opposed the tax increase had been "duped" and arguing racism...without any supporting evidence, mind you. It couldn't have been the fact that they would have been disproportionately impacted by higher property taxes or anything.
This, of course, is why so many people get absolutely sick of politics. Everyone thinks they know what's better for you. Whether it's someone who believes that police should cut off areas of town based on how they vote -- and there's no way to know how certain individuals vote, so some of his fellow travelers will be impacted by such punishment -- or whether it's a well-known politician arguing that you don't know what's in your best economic interests, it's just gotten ugly.