Voting in America

The rise of Mr. Toupee signals to me only one thing: his seductive rhetoric has appealed to ordinary Americans who have become disenfranchised and feel that no one in our government is on their side.

Labeling these voters as a “basket of deplorables” is not the way to go and it’s not the way to win an election. Ironic isn’t it that most of the very people our government is instituting policies for or against don’t have a say in creating the laws that will help or hinder them?

Yet Mr. Toupee’s supporters have found their voice in his message and they’re willing to vote him into the highest office in the land.

When will people living with mental health challenges get that kind of clout?

In 1983 when I turned 18 there was a presidential election and I signed up to vote. I’m 51 now. Thus I’ve been voting in every election for the last 33 years.

Your local public library should have voter registration cards to take and sign up to vote with. A guy I know takes them and gives them out to people he meets on the street.

You bet I’ve been voting in every single election since 1983 when I turned 18.

I should’ve known better than to want to send a message on Plenty of Fish to a guy who said he doesn’t care about politics.

How could you not care about electing into office a person who has the power to dictate what you can and can’t do as a citizen?

Listen: I don’t care who you vote for. I don’t care who anyone votes for.

I only care that once these people are elected they do the right thing for every American not just the rich and powerful businesses dictating government policies.

In the early 2000s in New York City the “I Vote, I Count” campaign helped register to vote people with mental health conditions.

It’s time for each of us to stand up and say: “I vote, I count. What have you already done for people like me? What are you going to do for people like me once you’re elected?”

Let your voice be heard.

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Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She owns a resume writing and career help business. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and a fitness buff.

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