Going to vote in yesterday’s city elections, I had low expectations and thought my votes would go to two winners and four losers. I discovered that moving five blocks had changed my district so I didn’t get to vote for what would have been my only winner and wound up with no wins and five losses. The city’s highest winning percentage went to increasing the sales tax to improve roads and the lowest percentage went to a candidate who pledged to protect Lake Superior—so there are the community’s values, which are certainly not mine.
In the most recent presidential election, even voting for the candidate who received the highest percentage of votes didn’t get your values any representation. The two party system needs to be replaced by the system common in Europe where multiple parties and their voters are represented, which gives the voters a higher sense of involvement (the Scandinavian countries, which I’ve always felt was where I belonged socially, are near the top in population percentage who vote) and forces coalitions and compromises to govern. In the US, those elected force through their own agendas and the disaffected citizens simply become more ignored. But at least they have easy access to guns.