Dems, every vote counts more than ever. Most of the elections in swing states are toss up races. GOP MAGAs political operatives would love for voters to buy the punditry hype that GOP MAGA candidates are slated to win these states’ elections to depress voter turnout.
But with a record number of Americans taking time to mail in their ballots and to stand in line in states with early voting days, the political pollsters cannot possibly make accurate predictions.
Dems, this upcoming November 2022 elections is a “choice” election versus a referendum on the performance of the Democratic Party US president, POTUS Biden.’ Dems get the reality that Americans are suffering financial pain because of worldwide inflation and higher gas prices, post the COVID pandemic shutdown days and post Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, limiting oil supplies. Dems have been working tirelessly to competently address these voters’ kitchen table concerns regarding inflation, energy and crime, etc. with some notable successes despite minimal help from GOP MAGA lawmakers.
Democratic Party candidates and their surrogates like former President Barack Obama are talking about these challenges that Americans care most about, including the precarious state of our US democracy. Dems should be painting a picture as to how all the complaints by Americans will be made much worse if GOP MAGA elected officials increase in numbers and power.
Dems should be working to have wall to wall TV ads depicting this ugly stark future.
GOP MAGA voters have the numbers to dictate how their elected representatives will act which doesn’t bode well for the majority of Americans. While they’re a minority, GOP MAGA politicians are fully aware that they’ll not succeed in winning any election without their backing.
Because these strong supporters of the defeated ex-president believe with an absolute certainty that he lost the 2020 elections due to the “big lie,” the purported outright fraud orchestrated by Dems, these GOP MAGA folks will be demanding extreme measures to redress this perceived harm. GOP MAGA congressional legislators have already been advertising their intent to hold hearings ad nauseam against the so-called enemies of the GOP defeated ex-president which would include the impeachment of POTUS Biden. This is why GOP MAGA candidates have been refusing to publicly acknowledge that POTUS Biden did indeed win the 2020 election, fair and square.
In addition, as these GOP MAGA officials go overboard to please their GOP MAGA followers by pontificating and acting on culture war issues like the nation-wide banning of legal abortions, the reversal of rights granted to minority communities like same sex marriages and civil rights’ laws, the suppression of the individual’s power to have their votes count, the tolerance of bigotry with its corresponding increase in violent hate crimes because those who think differently are openly demonized, there won’t be time for GOP MAGAs to effectively address the ills of Americans’ lot in life. Any prayer of passing sensible gun restrictions, competently confronting the negative consequences of climate change, the protection of safety net programs from GOP cuts, making it easier and more secure for voters to cast their ballots for their intended representatives, protecting minority civil rights, will become a pipe dream.
Thus, If GOP MAGA voters succeed in increasing their representatives’ numbers, there’ll be more years of an administration similar to that led by the GOP MAGA defeated ex-president, where divisiveness, chaos, uncertainty, hate crimes, prevailed. There’ll be fewer voices to admonish GOP MAGA lawmakers as they turn a blind eye or diminish the significance of acts of violence by GOP MAGA supporters who participated in the 1/6/2021 insurrection against our US Capitol and the recent beating up of the Democratic Party’s house leader Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi by a believer of the “big lie.” Who in their right mind wants more of this?
Meanwhile, the GOP dark money corporate titans who own the GOP MAGA party will be taking advantage of the above divisive, chaotic environment to push their 5 decades worth of plans for corporate tax reductions, less governmental oversight, the gutting of safety net programs like social security and Medicare, etc. Because these policies aren’t popular with most folks, they’ve been spending millions to maneuver our US democratic style of governing towards an autocracy with more centralized power where it would become much easier for them to move forward on their objectives. Just look at what has happened to autocratic governing bodies in our hemisphere, Venezuela, Cuba and Brazil with economies that have tanked, where the rich got richer, and the poor became poorer. Is this what Americans want?
So, while GOP MAGA voters get high on seeing their culture war issues stoked by GOP MAGA leaders as their wish lists come to fruition, they’ll eventually figure out that they’re being fleeced when their economic conditions become much worse. When they finally come down from their high, they’ll be faced with having lost the power of their vote. So, as GOP MAGA followers blame immigrants (or other minorities) for their diminishing financial stability, lower standards of living, being left out of the American dream, they’re not looking at the GOP corporate CEOs who’ve been the ones responsible for manufacturing jobs going overseas, technology innovations replacing workers, keeping wages stagnant for over 5 decades, the loss of pensions, the dismantling of labor unions, safety net programs, etc.
POTUS Biden requires more Dems in the US Congress to pass serious crime reduction bills. In July 2022, POTUS Biden did try to address this issue. He had traveled to Pennsylvania, where he outlined a plan to prevent violent crime and to hire more police officers, but his $37 billion proposal was DOA in the US Congress because of resistance from both sides of the aisle but mostly, the GOP MAGA lawmakers have been the obstructionists. His plan would’ve included $13 billion to help communities across the nation to hire and train 100,000 police officers over 5 years while creating a grant program that would’ve funded ideas for preventing violent crime, solving murder cases and/ or creating a public health response to nonviolent incidents, aimed at reducing the burden on law enforcement.
Dems need to educate seniors, a reliable midterm voting bloc about what they’ve been doing to protect their social security and Medicare monies from GOP MAGA elected leaders’ sticky fingers, like the FL US Senator Rick Scott who has been recommending a review these benefits to sunset them every 5 years. Seniors should be reminded that in 2023, millions of seniors will be granted a cost-of-living increase of 8.7% in their Social Security benefits. In addition, during August of 2022, Dems passed the Inflation Reduction Act without any GOP MAGAs support that’ll allow for Medicare to negotiate the price of certain prescription drugs, bringing down the price seniors will have to pay for their medications and Medicare recipients will have a $2,000 cap on annual out-of-pocket prescription drug costs, starting in 2025. This includes capping the costs of insulin.
In short, the 2022 November elections’ policies favor Dem candidates. Voters are being presented with a choice between representatives led by an unexciting, reliable, dependable POTUS Biden who genuinely wants to unify the peoples of this country, to lift up the living standards of everyone while promoting US democracy versus GOP MAGAs who prefer trafficking in trumped up culture wars, conspiracy theories, divisiveness, chaos, crime, etc., in an environment which invites the advent of autocracy.