Four years ago, the Democrats took over Congress. We put them there to stop funding our illegal wars. We wanted President Bush impeached for War crimes. They told us, thanks for your support in getting us into office, but we need to secure the 2008 Presidential election before we do anything radical.
And so, two years ago, they got what they wanted. Yet Congress continued to fund our illegal and immoral wars. And so yesterday, voter engagement on the left was about as enthusiastic as a medical patient suffering a hemorrhoid flare up on the day of a colonoscopy.
And I know Jacob Soberoff’s aptly named organization, “Why Tuesday?”, has covered this ground but why do we vote on Tuesday anyway?
This Tuesday shit is an agrarian era holdover that is a major obstacle to electoral engagement. We vote on Tuesdays in November because it is after harvest & allowed farmers a day to travel to towns & cities (Church on Sunday, work every other day). Why do we still vote on Tuesday when 60% of the population typically does not vote in non-presidential years?
Election day should be a holiday. Or, if the capitalist slave drivers don’t want to give us a day off why can’t we vote on Saturday? Or imagine if elections could take place over – GASP – 2 days on Saturday AND Sunday. Would more people vote? You bet your ass they would. We can only assume that Congress does not want everyone voting.
Seriously, this Tuesday thing is bullshit!