Davis: Voting as an act of revolution

Thankfully, most of the people I know and associate with realize that this country is now ruled, not governed, by a very sick individual. Even the media and straight talking politicians have started to talk about the president as a serial liar and a dangerous ego-maniacal bully.

But all of the name calling in the world will not erase the fact that the entire world lives in danger as long as he has the ability to press the nuclear button. That scares the hell out of a lot of people, yet we all seem powerless to do anything about it.

Our souls need soothing in these troubled and perplexing times, but there is little solace to be found, except in conversation with others. When I am with a group of people there seem to be two approaches when dealing with the current political climate.

There may be an implicit understanding that a particular social setting precludes any conversation about Trump or there may be a situation where the Trump fears are aired for a short time and then all parties involved realize they need to move on for fear of ruining their time together and spoiling the rest of their day.

A few Washington Democrats have made a move for impeachment, but as long as there is a Republican controlled congress the likelihood of impeachment is slim. Robert Mueller is in the process of investigating Trump and his cronies and the spineless Washington Republicans would rather have Mueller be the bad guy if more indictments come down. They always seem to be hiding behind others when they really should be stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility for some of the current political mess.

All of this reminds me of the words of Thomas Jefferson spoken to James Madison in 1787. They are worth considering in these troubling times. "The mass of mankind under that (governments of force) enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has its evils too: the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing... Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions indeed generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them.

An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government."

Keep in mind that this country grew out of the spirit of rebellion, yet we have come to fear any kind of action that attempts to move those in power out of their seats of privilege. I am not calling for a civil war or a government coup, but we need to figure out a better way for this tattered and bleeding democracy to survive if we are ever to move forward and not destroy too many of us and the rest of the world in the process.

The masses really only have the ballot box to defend themselves, yet we keep re-electing the same people to the same positions and then criticize them for not doing the people's work. Until we all wake up and realize the true power of the ballot box we will continue to get what we deserve.

Richard Davis is a registered nurse. He writes from Guilford and welcomes comments at rbdav@comcast.net. The opinions expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect the views of the Brattleboro Reformer.


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