Blaser: After a depressing vote, here’s my plan

Randy Blaser
Randy Blaser

I used to follow elections the way some follow the Bears — deep knowledge of every statistic, every result of elections past and every crazy character to seek a vote.

I was like the guy who kept beating his head against the wall, because that’s what it felt like; Every year, following every election and voting in every primary and seeing nothing change. When asked why he kept beating his head against the wall, the guy responded: “Because it feels so good to stop.”

With only a scant 15 percent of registered voters turning out in last week’s primary, its pretty clear the vast majority of voters decided to stop.

In a way, I’m beginning to understand the non-voting mindset. I no longer want to point a wagging finger in their direction and scold them for turning their back on their sacred American duty.

After voting last week, I feel all fingers should be pointed at our friends in politics.

Because when I left that voting booth, for the first time I found the act of voting in an election to be depressing.

Why? As Martin Luther King once pointed out, what’s the use of having the vote when there is nothing to vote for? When I arrived, the polling judge asking me what ballot I wanted. I asked what were my choices. Democrat or Republican, she responded. Well that’s depressing. How about communist? You got communist? Because neither of those two took last time.

Communist was a term I picked to describe my contempt with the current state of affair. Let’s take a look at the contempt that our so-called leaders have for all of us.

Republicans picked North Shore millionaire Bruce Rauner to lead them into November. I don’t know anything about him other than his advertising spiel, because he refused to debate his opponents. I did not hear his voice live until election night, and that’s no way to run a democracy.

Among Democrats, incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn had no real opposition. No matter.

Quinn might reign as governor, but House Speaker Michael Madigan rules.

To illustrate that elections mean nothing to him, Madigan waited until after the election to announce his new scheme. Increasing taxes on millionaires. I know, you just breathed a sigh of relief because you don’t make $1 million a year. But you’re not out of the clear yet.

The so-called Speaker (would you recognize his voice if you heard it?) has yet to speak on whether he will allow the temporary tax hike to 5 percent expire on Jan. 1, as it is scheduled to do, and return to 3.75 percent.

So I want to put forward my plan to fix Illinois. First, all districts are drawn by computer programs based on population, not based on which politician will win.

Second, candidates for elections can only raise money from contributors within their districts, not parties or unions. Third, no pensions for elected officials. This is public service, not a career. Serve your time for a term or two, then get out.

Implement those three steps, and we might have a chance.

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