At what point during the historically foreboded imminent collapse of the republic do we stop talking about not shaming, or “guilting” people into voting? At what point does inaction, and refusing to choose become irresponsible?
Is not wanting to guilt people more important than not speaking truthfully about the consequences about our collective actions (and inaction)?
Further: how is speaking truth about the consequences of low civic participation and low voter turnout a guilt tactic? To be clear: those are two separate things. However they’re often conflated into the same thing whenever people try to have meaningful discussions about participation.
Do those among us who talk about not shaming people in election years say the same thing to survivors of the Holocaust and the Axis’ imperial fascism who attempted to call out inactivity during the Third Reich’s rise? I’ve literally never seen it.
I often wonder if people will be whistling this same tune, once I.C.E. and other increasingly expanding government agencies have run through the migrants, rule-breakers, and other undesirables to start detaining and imprisoning the “general population”—a significant portion of whom don’t vote or participate.
Why is it that those of us who tell the politically involved that “You can’t force us to choose between the lesser of two evils” are so rarely questioned about what we’re doing to improve our communities—or the wretched two party system the politics we abhor is a apart of?
Voting is literally the least that we’re supposed to do.
The things we complain about are supposed to be the things we work to fix.
Yet from experience and dialogue, I can tell you that is overwhelmingly not the case.
In the absence of meaningful, local civic engagement, how little are people that care, and those who stand to be most affected supposed to be satisfied with?