U.S. democracy weakened by non-voters

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Turn Key Real Estate 31RA0874656
Now that we are in a new year, how and what will change in people’s attitudes and the way they listen, communicate, accept, agree, and disagree in an appropriate manner going forward will have a huge impact on finding solutions leading to a successful U.S. economy and our democracy in the future. Ray Dalio, billionaire and founder of the most successful and largest hedge fund, Bridge Water Associates, said in an interview a little over a month ago, “People are passionately attached to their opinions and are not able as well to go through the thoughtful disagreement of how to get past those agreement and disagreements and to do things well together.”

My belief is that this is a major structural deficiency and mindset issue that is and will plague our country going forward unless our politicians learn to agree and disagree in an understanding and open-minded manner; otherwise we are doomed to mediocrity. Who is working for whom, they for us or us for them? In any corporation, if problems aren’t solved to keep the company profitable, heads roll and people are fired, laid off and then hopefully more qualified individuals are hired to improve the bottom line and save the company.  In the worst case scenario, a trustee is put in charge during bankruptcy to sell off the assets of the company.

But how can this happen in our government to change the environment towards improving and advancing it for the good of the majority when 80 million U.S. citizens didn’t vote in the presidential election? Moreover, as a percentage, even fewer vote in state and local elections, because people think and believe that this is less critical and crucial to their everyday life. Do those who forego voting anticipate and expect that things will change without them, thinking it’s not important and why bother to be part of our system? Then they are the ones who bitch and moan when things don’t improve and then complain about how bad things are.

I am quite sure Russia and China are watching everything that is going on in our country, hoping for the demise of our democracy and that is what may be occurring unless something drastically changes and improves in the fashion and way we approach our problems to agree and disagree. Before the Covid-19 pandemic came to our shores, so many old established companies were already going by the wayside, (Sears, Woolworths, Borders, Blockbusters Video, Howard Johnson’s Restaurants, Toy R’ Us, Modell’s and so many others.) They obviously didn’t recognize the impact of the internet at the time or anticipating the future. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused people to hunker down at home out of necessity to stay healthy and alive, purchasing more and more of their necessities online.

However, due to this change in buying attitudes and behaviors, what companies will rise and be born, survive, and prosper, and which ones will die, and which jobs and positions will be 86ed next? But how can positive changes occur in our own government when 80 million U.S. citizens didn’t vote in the presidential election (even though the greatest number at 67 percent of eligible voters in history did) but as a percentage, much, much less voted in state and local elections. Maybe as a lesson, as sad and unfair as it might sound, those who don’t vote should be banished to countries that cont’t have free elections for one voting cycle.

Obviously, that idea is totally unrealistic and unenforceable, but shouldn’t that or some other creative idea be considered to motivate more people to vote in every election? Isn’t it possible that more qualified people just might be voted into a position to make the changes that we all want? You can be quite sure that our adversaries, Russia and China, are hoping for the eventual demise of our democracy and that is what may be occurring unless something drastically changes and improves in the ways and fashion that we approach and solve our problems.

Our real estate, in many ways, may just determine our course of action. Part 2 next week.

Philip A. Raices is the owner/Broker of Turn Key Real Estate at 3 Grace Ave Suite 180 in Great Neck. He has 39 years of experience in the Real Estate industry and has earned designations as a Graduate of the Realtor Institute (G.R.I.) and also as a Certified International Property Specialist (C.I.P.S). For a “FREE” 15 minute consultation, a value analysis of your home, or to answer any of your questions or concerns he can be reached by cell: (516) 647-4289 or by email: Phil@TurnKeyRealEstate.Com Just email or snail mail (regular mail) him with your ideas or suggestions on future columns with your name, email and cell number and he will call or email you back.

Comments (3)

Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

The appalling large-scale cheating in the 2020 elections caused great damage to our nation.

Jan 21, 2021 07:25 PM
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

I'd rather limit voting to informed folks who do not depend on public assistance . Taxpayers not public assistance takers. Remember Mitts quite about the 47% who will just vote in their own self interest ignoring all other issues

Jan 22, 2021 05:15 AM
Philip A. Raices
Turn Key Real Estate - Great Neck, NY
1 of the Most Knowledgeable Brokers on the Net!

Good morning Dave,

sorry, missed your coments from Jan  Not sure that there was large scale cheating as votes were counted multiple times.  More important, should we assume all votes were counted and not counted were scams including those for Republicans candidates that were elected or re-elected?  My professional opinion and belief was so much misinformation was projected out to the public via mass internet ads, the media, the previous administration that it became extremely difficult to seperate the truth from the untruths.  Snopes.com is the best site to fact check what is spewed out over all the medias and has no axes to grind when it comes down to what is right and what is wrong.  Unfortunately, "common sense is no longer common" and has been for over 100 years!  In 1933 when the Republicans were against Social Security and the bill was still passed, we have avoided much, much greater food lines and food pantries and can you imagine how much worse it would have been today without social security during our Covid-19 Pandemic?  I believe the government should be putting the necessary and crucial money needed in re-educating the 10+ million long term unemployed to find those capable of repairing and rebuilding our roads, bridges, tunnels and  high speed rail, which by the way, is currently mothballed in several zones within the U.S.  Those employed in doing those tasks would surely get paid more than $15 per hour, which for now is most likely going to being tabled for now under the current agenda.  However, those most critical tasks would pay $50-$75 per hour, allowing those to entered the realm of homeownership by enabling them to potentially purchase their first "place to call home" adding that many more potential homeowners to the mix and increasing the long term wealth of those families and individuals increasing our standard of living for that many more of our population.  Even China and Brazil are kicking our butt in high speed rail as they are so far ahead of us in that field. Moreover,  RSI Logistics did a blog on 4/20/20 about a study that was done previously that revealed the costs of moving goods by truck and by rail and I quote, "To compare the costs of rail vs truck shipping, consider the movement of a bulk commodity from Houston, TX to Cleveland, OH. The truck cost in this example lane is approximately $ 5,159 per load, whereas rail would be $ 6,676 per car. However, when comparing the costs of rail vs truck shipping, you must apply a ratio of 1:4, since one railcar equates to four truck loads; so that if you took 4 truck loads of goods  and transported them from Houston, Tx to Clevland, Ohio it would cost $20,636; but by putting them in 1 railroad car and transport the cost still stays the same $6,676!

Sorry for the rant, but our priorities are such that they are forgetting one simple way to reduce the cost of everyday goods, even if they are produced abroad!  Wake up Washington are you listening???

Feb 10, 2021 04:55 AM