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The Election is Over: Time to Turn Up the Heat

Join the people who've taken action on Countable this week

by Countable | Updated on 11.8.18

This opinion piece comes from Countable's Managing Editor, Andrea Seabrook

Dear America,

Great job! You scored a record turn-out for the mid-term elections. Over the last couple of years you've been awake and fired-up, and you used that fire to actually VOTE. Excellent work.

Here's the next challenge: hold on to that fire — in fact, turn up the heat! Use every tool available to keep that civic flame from backing off to a mild simmer. Because the truth is, in our modern governance you must do MORE than vote — you must be the daily election observers of democracy.

What You Can Do

  • Don't be duped: Some in Washington use complication and complacency as a tool; the more obscure, unintelligible and booooring an issue is, the easier it is for them to slip it into legislation — under the radar. 
  • Vote Every Day: Modern tools like Countable make it easy to stay up to date — without having to dedicate precious hours to master every arcane issue.
  • Make it Part of Your Routine: Build in to your schedule a regular review of the work your Reps in Washington are doing. The Daily Countable is a great way to keep current — and keep sane. (Plus, you'll be the most interesting person at the party!)

Why It All Matters

In America today, I see neighbors who distrust each other because of their political beliefs. I see simple kindnesses revoked on the basis of another’s bumper sticker. I see a growing zeal for biting and angry politics, and a rejection of the calm and rational.

It may seem — and is often repeated in the media — that "Americans are historically divided!", "We've never seen such rancor!", and "How can these divisions be resolved?" 

But let's remember another time when we were divided by a violent, virulent politics; a time when one of America's most important leaders emerged: Abraham Lincoln. At the height of those tensions, he said:

We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

It is in Lincoln's name and with his memory that we continue to believe in, and work for, those better angels.

Join us, engaged and thoughtful people. You're our only hope.

Sincerely,

Andrea Seabrook

Talk to Andrea directly on Twitter, @RadioBabe. Hit the Take Action button to tell your Reps what you think.

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  • ConservativeGuy
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    A good lesson for us all. Let’s focus on policies, not politics.

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  • J. scott
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    The election is over now it’s time to start momentum for taking back the senate. We have one remaining Red Senate seat in Colorado and Cory Gardner is up for reelection. Let the games began he’s a total trump supporter now is the time to disabuse him of that notion and find a good Canidate to oppose him.

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  • Robert
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    Hold their feet to the fire...accountability to the voters

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  • Mike
    last Friday
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    Senator Rubio and Governor Scott, after all the voter suppression in Florida and around the country stoked by republicans the irony is palatable that you are both upset with the legal recount being called for.

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  • Al
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    The 2020 senate election will put the Republicans in the situation the Democrats were in this election. It’s time for the Americans that believe in equality and justice for all to step up and working together defeat white nationalism and bring back that shining city on the hill. No man, not even the President is above the law. Democracy isn’t easy and it takes hard work and requires working together with love and respect for all. Our founders gave us this democracy and it’s up to us to keep it. And we will! Republican authoritarian white nationalist will not prevail. Republicans have a decision to make in the next 2 years. Are they Americans or Trumpsters. Will they stand with a man who sold our country out to Russia and Saudi Arabia for HIS money? I love American democracy with freedom and justice for all.

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  • KansasTamale
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    Now is more important than ever to keep Trump & the GOP from destroying our democracy before the new House comes in. Wish they took there seats this month.

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  • Linda
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    We need campaign finance reform to take big money out of elections. Two year elections spending billions is ridiculous. End Citizens United. Limit campaign spending so well qualified candidates can afford to run. We want the best candidates, ethical with integrity & humility.

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  • M
    last Friday
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    Keep up the good and vital work you do and don't let our elected representatives toss our votes and messages away. We are creating a "Black and white wave" black words on white pages that cannot be silenced or ignored. If every Countable user will Try to tell at least 1 new person a day about Countable we will grow that wave into a tsunami!

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  • David
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    I appreciate the content of the message. The language of the message is somewhat patronizing.

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  • Debbie
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    Instead of worrying about taking back the Senate Why don’t we just try to stop and think about America and what’s best for America and stop doing politics as usual let’s work together. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s possible to Democrats and the Republicans both want it all. Americans just wanna live a happy life (maybe) Imagine the government working together for a better life for all.

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  • Cosmo
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    I fully agree with President Lincoln. Making it happen requires strong leadership on both political sides. Self interest of both house members prevents this from happening. EXAMPLE! Getting the House and Senate members to agree on which direction North is similar too the odds for becoming a lotto winner.

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  • David
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    The mid-terms are almost over. Take a breath. Then, roll up your sleeves and get to work. This momentum needs to be maintained as we need to do this again in two years at the local, state, national, and presidential levels.

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  • Robert
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    This seems to be an effective format for sharing opinion about current political events...NOT FAKE NEWS😁

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  • Jacob
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    Record breaking voting, this is a good sign definitely!

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  • J
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    Still the tasks needed to be done is shore up health insurance, work on infrastructure, deal with immigration and rework taxes, and in doing so show Democrats know how to govern. Second, monitor government’s actions and inactions, and thus clean up the corruption in the administration. Third, they need to show the way to a better future. We can all work to a better future.

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  • Tom
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    Obama lost 64 seats in 2010 and Trump lost like 35 and increased the Senate another Supreme Court Justice to come and it will be 6-3 then the country will finally line up with the constitution instead of socialism

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  • SneakyPete
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    SECURE THE SOUTHERN BORDER NOW!!!! I’m in agreement with President Trump that Illegal aliens should no longer get a free pass into our country by lodging meritless claims in seeking asylum. Instead, migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry. SneakyPete ..... 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸. 11*9*18 .....

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  • SneakyPete
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    The Midterms Elections are over and now it’s time to how obnoxious the DEMOCRATIC Machine, followers, and MSM are going to become. The more the merrier as they are going to destroy their own chances for the 2020 elections. SneakyPete

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  • Loretta
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    Amazing that Republicans have stopped talking about being invaded by rapists and murderers at our southern border. Or is it just not as important anymore?

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  • Michele
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    Let’s do both. Work on legislation and nail trump and his crew to the wall. After two years of corruption, abuse, lies, and thievery there has to be a price to pay. No one should be allowed to get away with what the trump administration has for two years. Work on policy? Yes. Jail all the criminals? Yes.

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