Faith Against Hope

Why voting matters even in corrupt systems. 

In a democracy, majority rules – or, theoretically, it should work out that way most of the time. Does it, though? How in synch are our laws and policies with public sentiment? Before you answer, some statistics to consider:

  • 59% of Americans want stricter gun control
  • 85% feel abortion should be legal in at least some circumstances
  • 70% support voter rights protections
  • 67% favor raising the federal minimum wage to $15/hour
  • 63% say the government should provide health care coverage for all citizens

It’s sad but mathematically true that 90% of Americans essentially no impact on any decisions being made in the US Congress. When political scientists scrutinized decades of legislature, they found that only the opinions of top economic elites and business industries ever held any sway. Because they can afford lobbyists, who in turn support politicians who promote their interests. The rest of us are along for the ride.

The good news is, none of this matters on the local level, where everyday citizens get to pick their public officials: the very judges, leaders and representatives who will be serving them much more directly and immediately than anyone in Washington DC. While certainly not immune from partisan in-fighting and corruption, local politics still empowers voters to enact change for the common good. It’s our best shot, and it really does work IF we all vote together, every election.

Ria’s cover art for May reflects the conflicted feelings a lot of us have toward voting and elections and the local Party Machine(s).

History has shown us some politicians are corrupt. This leaves a lot of voters like me worried if my vote even matters. Sadly, greed has overpowered promises made to the people.

Is it because they’re overpromising or are our expectations too high? Take a careful look at each candidate and choose the individual that best suits the needs in your community. Vote on May 17th, and every election day!  — RiaG

May’s edition is an exciting grab bag of grassroots voices:

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View Ria’s last cover feature HERE

About Sheria Gregory 7 Articles
Sheria Gregory is a professional photographer (the owner of Captured by Ria G) and a burgeoning illustrator. Photography is her first love. She specializes in event and wedding photography because she loves the authenticity of the candid style of shooting. She’s always viewed herself as a doodler when it comes to drawing, so illustrator is a new title for her. With two children’s books among her illustrator credits, she’s gaining momentum in that medium. She describes herself as a free-spirited creative that enjoys trying her hand at different forms of art.

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