The state of our electoral system is deplorable, for all of the reasons we’ve been talking about for years. The impact of big money, the corruption, the cronyism, and the apathy of the American people, who can barely be bothered to participate.
There’s reason to be depressed, angry, or consider moving to Canada.
I don’t think all politicians are bad. I think what a politician has to do to get or stay in office is fundamentally unacceptable. That’s the system. And there are people like George McGovern, Russ Feingold, Tammy Baldwin, and Mark Miller, and a bunch of others, who I believe maintain integrity.
I even like Hillary Clinton. Yes, she has her flaws. But at heart I think she has maintained values about caring for children, and old people, and poor people. Sure, she’s beholden to her Wall Street backers. But she’s more than that. She’s been the victim of a double standard because she’s a woman, and she knows what she’s walking into. For years she has faced off racist misogynistic small-minded right wingers intent on destroying her, and she’s still standing. She’s gotta be tough as nails inside.
When people say that they hate Trump but they don’t want to vote for Hillary, it’s a huge mistake.This song is for anyone who feels that way. It does make a difference, and the choice we face right now really is uuuge. That’s not scare tactics, it’s just the nature of who Trump is.
This song is an old Tongue and Groove number. Lynette Margulies and I wrote it. It was fun to play with the whole band, but this is just me.
Sometimes action is about putting your thumb in the dike.
My stepson Simon is adept at screens and video, like so many of his generation. He’s done a great job taking the song and adding images to make it come alive. I’m grateful for his artistry and his persistence. Let me know if you want some video work done, and I’ll pass your contact information along to him.
You can listen to the song, but I recommend the video above.
© Stuart Stotts and Lynette Margulies, 2004