Coming soon to an election precinct near you: The Revenge of the American Voter

The future of America hangs in the balance.


“We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy. Now I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!”

That famous quote is, of course, from the great movie Network in which a greatly distressed TV anchor Howard Beale, played superbly by Peter Finch, vents his anger and frustration about what’s going on in this country and the world, and implores his fellow Americans to do the same, to “not take it anymore.”

Well, you know what? That kind of call to rise up and fight back during those times was sorely needed and the same is true in the America of today. Yes, enough is enough and more than enough and it’s time for the American voter to say:

“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!

“I’m not going to stand by and watch these craven Republicans get reelected and then continue to pursue policies and actions that are the opposite of what Americans need and want. We have had it and now it’s time for payback”

After watching the American Dream slowly but surely wind down over decades American are, for the most part, extremely angry and frustrated with what is going on, and especially with this government that rejects the time-honored  belief that this is a government of, by and for the people.

Most of this anger is aimed at the Republicans who control both the White House and the Congress. While Democrats leave a lot to be desired and need to be far more effective in their opposition role, it’s the Republicans who are continuing to try to dupe Americans into accepting their twisted ideology.

How much more of this Republican treachery will the American people take before they, like Howard Beale, say that they’re not going to take it anymore? Poll after poll indicates that, on important issues facing this country, the views of the American people are almost diametrically opposed to those of the Republicans whose agenda is so very negative and destructive.

Negative and destructive, how so?  Well let’s just take at some of the major priorities of the GOP:

–Repeal and replace Obamacare: why in the world work to destroy a critically important healthcare program that covers nearly 24 million Americans? If it has problems then just fix them. Republicans should want to provide the best medical coverage in the world for their fellow Americans but they have not the slightest intentions of doing that.

–GOP tax reform; Republicans’ unstated mission is to send all newly created income to those at the top of the income spectrum and giving the bulk of the tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy. That’s not a positive direction.

If Republicans knew anything about economics and practiced ethical politics they would give the largest portion of the tax cuts to small businesses that create most of this country’s jobs. And don’t Republicans understand that when Americans have good jobs and pay less in taxes they spend far more on new homes, autos, appliances, and various other consumer products? And that fuels a growing economy?

–Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid: when many millions of Americans are highly dependent on these important social programs why would Republicans want to either cripple or destroy them? That’s sociopathic thinking. Here are politicians who personally have the best medical coverage, pension plans and many other benefits, and they have this obsession with taking important benefits away from other Americans.

–Immigrants have made America a great nation:  why are they now almost becoming an endangered species? Mr. Trump, fully supported by his GOP colleagues, is going after minorities and people of the Muslim faith, painting all of them with the same brush of violence. This is simply unconscionable.

Who knows what Trump and Republicans will do with the Dreamers, the almost 2 million undocumented immigrants who came to his country at a very early age? 800,000 of them have been accepted into DACA and another 1.1 million qualify for acceptance. They are mostly Latinos, generally in their twenties and thirties, and have blended well into this society.

They could face deportation if President Trump officially ends the DACA program which has so far shielded them from such a fate. Is Trump capable of initiating this mass deportation, could he be so very cruel?

Does Trump understand what will happen in the states of California, Florida and others if he does a wholesale job of deportation? These two states, as well as others, are highly dependent upon these undocumented immigrants to harvest the nation’s fruits and vegetables, and mass deportation would be catastrophic to their economies; it would bring this sector of U.S. commerce to a virtual standstill.

Those who govern this county should be presenting and pursuing an agenda that is positive and constructive; one that recognizes the many problems facing our country and then comes up with ways to address and solve them. That’s not happening at all with this GOP–controlled Congress.

If someone listed all the many negative and destructive things Republicans have done over decades it would fill a book. The question for those who dismiss this allegation is: what major achievements that are of great benefit to this country and its people have Republicans made in the past century?

It’s becoming more and more evident that Americans have reached the end of their patience, are “Not going to take it anymore.” It’s time for payback, aka, time for The Revenge of the American Voter that will take place beginning in the 2018 and then in the 2020 elections when the American people will vent their extreme anger at all those Republicans who are running for reelection, removing as many as possible from Congress.

That will be well-deserved payback for Republicans who have now proven that they are marching to the beat of a different drummer, not that of the American people. They have pledged their loyalty and allegiance to those who fill their campaign coffers with money. Republicans and this pretend-president are totally out of touch with most Americans.

Democrats need to get off their butts and mobilize voters, especially minorities. African Americans and Hispanics represent very important voting blocs and their turnout in recent elections has not been nearly what it should be. Democrats have not been as aggressive in doing everything they can to tap into this power; and now it is an absolute must.

For too long Americans have acted like sheeple, the combination of sheep and people who are docile, compliant and easily influenced. Far too many of them listen to the fabricated, empty promises of Republicans, make the mistake of believing them, and then reelect them.

Don’t Republicans understand, that by their people-harming policies and actions, by their agenda of negativism and destruction, their dismissal of the opinions of the American people, that they are headed straight into a voter firestorm in the very near future?

Don’t they understand that they are destroying what little remains of their reputations; that when they continue to take actions that are extremely harmful to most Americans, those misguided actions discussed above, that the people are going to pay them back in spades?

Don’t they see the political tsunami that is headed directly for them?

So things are looking very dismal indeed for the future of the Republican Party and its members. But they still think that no matter how harmful their actions may be that the American people are totally incapable of fighting back against them; that Americans don’t have the courage and conviction to teach these politicians a lesson that they will never forget.

Well, it won’t be long before we see what Americans are made of; we’ll see if they have it in themselves to say, “Enough is enough and we aren’t going to take this anymore.” And if can and will turn those words into a reality. The future of America hangs in the balance.

So The Revenge of the American Voter will soon come to an election precinct near you; and the best thing that you can do for your country is to become a part of it.


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Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense industry, and the massive control that Corporate America holds over this government and our election process; all which are leading this nation down the road to eventual financial ruin if the conditions are not reversed. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and a U.S. Army veteran.