BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- Even though I’m constantly finger-wagging about the importance of voting and the need for people to take their franchise seriously, I have to admit, if you didn’t bother to vote in the presidential race in Massachusetts two years ago, it didn’t really matter.
There was no way on earth Donald Trump was going to win here.
But if you’re a moderate or liberal who didn’t bother to vote or wasted your vote on a no-hoper third-party candidate in one of the swing states that put Trump over the top, you’d be well-advised to keep that fact as quiet as you can these days.
With the retirement announcement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy now handing the president a chance to cement a right-leaning majority on the court for many years to come, and in light of the mounting litany of actions this administration is taking that are anathema to many liberals and moderates, the folks who just couldn’t bring themselves to hold their noses and vote Democratic must be feeling ashamed, if they have any shame.
The same might be said of the conservatives who snubbed John McCain in 2008 or Mitt Romney in 2012 because they just weren’t pure enough.
Actions have consequences, and blowing off your vote in a self-righteous snit is the behavior of a petulant ten-year-old, not an adult citizen.
But don’t despair if this is you.
You have a chance to redeem yourself this fall if you live in an up-for-grabs congressional district, or even if you just know someone who does.
The stakes couldn’t be higher.
If the Republicans hold both branches, it puts Trump, McConnell and company in complete control of all three branches for at least two years.
If Democrats seize even one branch of Congress, we’re gridlocked.
Whatever your political persuasion, you’ve got to decide – can I afford to not care which future we’re headed for?
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