To the Editor,

We are almost 20% into the 21st century. The baby boomer controlled electorate hasn’t done too well, thus far.

We started off the century with the 2000 election between George W. Bush and vice president Al Gore. This became the most infamous election since the election of 1876 with Rutherford B. Hayes. Bush won a second term in 2004 because we were at war (two wars), and America never changes presidents while we’re at war.

In 2008, Barack Obama ran against senator John McCain. Obama went after all the entitlement votes. McCain went after the comfortable middle-class. A large percentage of the entitlement class voted. A large majority of the comfortable middle-class stayed home. Obama won a close race.

In 2012, Mitt Romney ran against Barack Obama. Obama went after the entitlement class, again. Romney went after the comfortable middle-class, again. Obama won comfortably. The 2016 election had Hillary Clinton run against Donald Trump. Neither candidate was popular. With a 55% turnout of the electorate, Hillary won the popular vote by 3 million votes, but lost the electoral college vote. Trump is now our president.

You get what you pay for, folks. If you don’t play, you can’t win.

People say the only thing they care about is their jobs and their family. Nothing else matters. The greatest influence you have on your job and your family is your government. Imagine living in a town with no police, no fire protection, no public schools, privately owned hospitals so expensive you can’t afford to use them, no military to protect our nation. All we have is corporate-owned State national guard units.

All this and more is run by government and it’s controlled by the people we elected into office. That’s the American way. In the upcoming 2020 election, approximately 90 million millennials will be eligible to vote. Maybe they will make a difference.

Robert Bellamy

Dundalk, MD

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