Change is a societal norm. Yet many factors can boost, suspend, or thwart it. For instance, change in our democratic system can be confined by our dogmas, the media we are imposed by, the media we expose ourselves to, or persons with partisan authority and assets. Such facts generate inquiry as to what we can do – what power do we have – to bring about change.
“Our power comes with not simply investing in the systems and the mechanisms that they tell us we must invest in, but saying, no, there’s ways in which we have to disrupt, because this system wasn’t created for us. (Bernie, Hillary or Revolution in the Streets? Cornel West, Dolores Huerta & Black Lives Matter Debate)”
When reviewing the establishment of politics, we become concerned with those involved in the political process and the situations that create either political participation or indifference.
“Unfortunately, the dominant response is one of staying away rather than trying to participate and reshape it. So we can understand, in a certain sense, the apathy, but the apathy is in no way justified.”
Case in point, no wonder we wonder! Why is there a low voter attendance in the United States?
“Most countries, vast majority of people vote in the industrialized world. In the United States, if we have half the people voting—and these numbers are 17 percent of Republicans, 11 percent of Democrats.”
Is it the outcome of a cast-iron certainty that there isn’t a substantial difference whichever presidential candidate loses? Is it based on the popular belief that political parties are more similar among themselves than they are dissimilar? Is it the consequence of a foregone conclusion that it’s not in our power – it has never been – to elect who will win?
“We’re remembering that that is really our power. Our power comes with not simply investing in the systems and the mechanisms that they tell us we must invest in, but saying, no, there’s ways in which we have to disrupt, because this system wasn’t created for us.”