Sick and tired of the usual, grueling day-to-day coverage of the US presidential election? Yeah, me too. Yet there are still 10 days to go until the watershed election day..
Besides the repetitive email scandals on one side and gross sexist, racist rambling on the other side, there are still challenging issues and fascinating stories. 7Days2Vote is a project that aims to tell those stories and document what individual voters care about. 2 friends are road tripping through the Eastern and Southeastern states and taping interviews with voters. The videos will be released successively during the 7 days leading up to the election (hence the name) and I’m really excited about the project. The project is mainly German, but the twitter feed and the videos will be bilingual.
Full disclosure: I run the twitter account @7days2vote and Daniel is my younger brother 🙂
In the midst of this US government shutdown, some statements by House Republicans show where the real problem lies. From the New York Times:
“We’ve got a name for it in the House: it’s called the Senate surrender caucus,” said Representative Tim Huelskamp, Republican of Kansas. “Anybody who would vote for that in the House as Republican would virtually guarantee a primary challenger.”
So what? Not to be over dramatic, Representative, but you would not do something that would prevent damage from your country, because it would mean you won’t have your reelection just handed over to you? Because you’ll have to fight for it? Win actual arguments? Rally actual grassroots support? What kind of a politician in a democracy are you?
That connectswith a thought I’ve had during this whole shebang: Where are the moderate, less fundamentalist Republicans? This should be a rallying cry for them. This demise of the GOP (just google recent approval polls) is mainly caused by anti-government extremists from the Tea Party and similar groups. Apparently they are the vocal minority in the party, ruling over the primaries, which is why everyone and their strategists is so afraid of them. They can dominate the primaries because they’re the largest group to show up.There must be many ‘moderates’, many Chris Christie-type Republicans, who just don’t show up on a grass roots level, who don’t make their less extremist voices heard. Who might not agree with (my) liberal politics but who don’t agree with holding their country hostage either.
How about showing up to the fights instead of giving in. Isn’t that an American value, GOP?
please do not allow that the Republicans kill you.
That is all.