Class Warfare Blog

November 7, 2012

Trade Deadline, Bah!

I want to make a trade. Now! I will trade Columbus Day as a holiday for Election Day. I am sure that this will piss off Italian-Americans, but Columbus Day already pisses off Native Americans (in that Columbus Day lauds a monstrous oppressor of Native Americans), so that is basically a push.

This country is a massive experiment in self governance and sometimes we forget that. The U.S. was the first country to establish that the collected will of all Americans was to rule, not some king or other potentate. Nobody had pulled this off in the prior history of the world. Since we established the pattern, many others have followed and have even superceded us.

But, the price of liberty (from princes and potentates . . . and plutocrats!) is eternal vigilance.

In this election cycle, we actually had one of the two major political parties trying mightily to disenfranchise the likely voters of the other side as if this were some game to be won by changing the rules, as some kind of electoral Kobayashi Maru.

We need to repudiate these efforts. We need to make it easier, not harder, to vote.

I say, dump Columbus Day, and take Election Day off. If you want to keep Columbus Day, how about every other year we make the swap?

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