We live in a country in which the candidate who receives the most votes is not necessarily the winner. A nation in which the weather on caucus day in Iowa, and the weather on primary day in New Hampshire, has the potential to impact on who the next president of the United States will be. In which 35%-45% of registered voters don’t participate in presidential elections. Sometimes they don’t participate because of the weather. Sometimes, the lines are just too long, or there are too many hoops to jump through.
In most states, convicted felons don’t get to vote. http://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/02/26/felon-voting/ It varies by state. Millions of Americans, including those who have served their sentences and have been released, are not eligible to vote. Because the vast majority of convicted felons are people of color, those communities are disproportionately denied the ability to participate in our democratic process. In Florida, (oh, Florida), a third of African Americans are ineligible to vote due to felony convictions.
Gerrymandering. The electoral system. Billions and billions of dollars spent on campaigns.
The system is absurd. Most of us probably don’t even understand how absurd it is. And those of us who are paying attention, often find ourselves hoping for favorable weather patterns, rather than questioning whether we, as a nation, really embrace the concept of democracy. Rule of the people.