The November 6, 2014 mid-term election presented the opportunity for American citizens to exercise their right to vote and send a firm message to federal, state and local officials demanding government reform and redefinition. However, two-thirds (100 million) of the registered voters did not show up at the polls. That two-thirds of the eligible registered voters, most probably filled with apathy, distrust of government, feelings of unresolvable futility, and apparently resigned to the idea that their singular vote was about as significant as adding another grain of sand to the Sahara. The no-shows sent a strong signal to our representatives that the majority of American voters feel disenfranchised and are not a significant threat to their political agenda or longevity.
A Prologue of Discontent and Mistrust
The 1776 rallying cry as characterized by the Boston Tea Party “Taxation without representation ” was the catalyst for revolution against an oppressive British Monarchy under the reign of King George III. While taxation was not the only issue of repressive government, when combined with other oppressive mandates, it ignited the fire which forged a united stand against a non-representative and repressive government.