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Blame non-voters for state’s problems. Everyone is complaining about Illinois’ poor economic situation, the excess spending and the skyrocketing taxes. But the majority of people complaining don’t even take the time to vote
By Ray Hanania
And I thank them for sharing their views.
Most said they understand my logic that imposing “term limits” on elected officials strips voters of their to decide who should represent them.
One person argued district “gerrymandering” is the problem. I disagree. The districts are drawn by the elected officials in power. If you want to change who has power, vote. If not, don’t vote.
And apparently, most people in Illinois really don’t blame the elected officials for the state’s problems. Because the majority of people who can vote, don’t.
There are about 12.8 million people in Illinois. About 9.9 million are of voting age, about 77 percent. But the number of people who actually vote is only 3.96 million, about 40 percent.
So, whose fault is it? Is it the fault of the candidates who work hard to win voter support? Is it really the fault of voters? Or, is it the fault of the challengers?
The mainstream American news media is partly to blame. No single factor impacts what the public does more than the media. Instead of providing facts, the media has become cheerleaders for politicians.
Look at the race for president. The media hates Donald Trump and they twist, distort and exaggerate everything he says. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is getting a pass. All she does is attack Trump, too. She answers no questions and has proposed no real plans.
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(I’m talking about “journalists’ and “reporters” whose job it is to be objective, not columnists like myself who share their opinions. I look at the facts and tell you what I think. You can like me. You can dislike me. Or, you can even ignore me.)
In reality, the public isn’t that stupid. They see through the media bias.
Maybe that’s why more than 60 percent of people who can vote don’t.
Not voting is unpatriotic, too. A lot of blood has been spilled by our soldiers who died defending that precious voting right, a right many people in this world will never experience.
But I guess if a candidate is uninspiring, inarticulate and lacks fresh ideas, I can see why most voters don’t want to waste their time to vote.
Governments have tried to give lazy registered voters every opportunity to vote. They just don’t care.
We’ve extended early voting. We’ve eliminated checks and balances to make it easier to vote.
The cost of these efforts to bend over backwards to make it easier for lazy non-voters to vote has been the rise in voter fraud. Voter fraud is a problem, and not with the incumbents and winners. It’s the losers who will do anything to increase their numbers.
If you don’t vote, don’t complain about the system. You don’t have that right.
And if voters don’t care then why should government? Chicago’s schools are terrible. Public transportation is even worse. We don’t have enough police in Chicago to stop the street gang thugs.
Chicago needs money. To keep people in Chicago happy, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is increasing water costs to reinforce the corrupt public and teachers pension system.
Imagine, school teachers who retire from a system that can barely send kids to college are rewarded for their failure with 6 figure pensions.
Police who put their lives on the line everyday, are blamed when a street gang member doesn’t listen to police orders and is killed.
They are not the problem. It’s the people who don’t vote who are to blame. Don’t punish those who vote, or punish the winning candidates who put their reputations on the line just so they can be unfairly attacked by the biased mainstream news media.
And, if your candidate has no charisma, no money and not enough supporters, why are you surprised if they lose an election? Maybe you are to blame for picking the wrong people to represent what you believe.
Pick better candidates to run, or stop whining!
The truth is, though, that many of the candidate the whiners complain about would still win even if every person who could vote did vote.
(Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and political columnist. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Published in theDes Plaines Valley News, SW News-Herald, The Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, Illinois News Network.)
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Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.
Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.
Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
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Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com
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