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Get over apathy

Dear Editor:

If you are like most people and do not like the TV blaring at you with political messages and you are concerned that nothing is being done in Washington, D.C., about anything and have decided to sit this election out, may I utter a warning on this potential.

By not voting, you will see a new administration, a House and Senate in unison and a sweeping change in America not unlike Sharia law in Africa or the Middle East. If you think this election will bring change, just you wait. If you think business as usual will happen, just you wait. If you think something will be done about gun control, just you wait. If you believe women will not be targeted, just you wait.

If you believe the Supreme Court will render good decisions, just you wait. If you think the diversity of this century will continue, just you wait. If you are tired of war, just you wait. If you are a believer in free and open elections, just you wait.

The party of the rich would like us to believe that we would be better off with trickle-down economics, with tax cuts for the 1 percent, with stringent controls on elections and large fences around America.

The change the 1 percenters will bring to us will take us back to pre-Roosevelt times. A government of this type is exactly what the Republican Party wants to bring us. Because the Republican Party “has become an insurgent outlier – ideologically extreme, contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime, scornful of compromise, unpersuaded by conventional understanding of fact, evidence or science and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition,” write Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein in the book “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.”

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Don’t vote, and you will be introduced to a future not unlike Sharia law, in our own context.

Andy Hanson

Aspen