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With the 2022 primary midterm elections arriving in March, Texas is paving the way for the chance to become a purple state.

Political participation should not end after casting ballots

By Yasmeen Ammourah

With the 2022 primary midterm elections arriving in March, Texas is paving the way for the chance to become a purple state. This makes one wonder if either Democratic or Republican parties truly hold the values that we desperately hope for, or if we should even trust the politicians in power.

In the past couple of months, candidates for all representatives have been announced, such as Gov. Greg Abbott rerunning for his same seat, and Beto O’Rourke as one of the Democratic opponents. In both parties, there are obviously extremely different views which factor in with how Texas could look in the next few years.

Conservatives’ campaigns promote problematic points of view under the guise of the American dream. No abortions, no critical race theory for grade school students, no gun restrictions, and no plan to work towards a renewable energy sourced state. With a state as conservative as Texas, there is no doubt that values like these are praised, especially post-pandemic.

Conservatives create a hostile environment for people of color in Texas, but the Democratic party also impacts the future of Texas governing. Candidates on the ballot are not represented well enough. Even in the Democratic Party, there are still ideals that would be considered conservative. There are still more white people running for office than people of color even though Texas has one of the largest Hispanic populations in the U.S.

Additionally, Texas politicians are more worried about undocumented immigrants and police laws than the overwhelming COVID-19 cases.

With the laws that the Republican Party inflicts on human rights, the only ballots that they will appear on for this upcoming primary election will be on the registered Republican party. For example, Republicans in Texas passed the “fetal heartbeat bill” that specifically states that Texas should “enact a state constitutional amendment to defend the sanctity of innocent human life, created in the image of god, from fertilization until natural death.”

This is a fight against the constitutional right of separation of the church and state, which hurts the largely Muslim and Jewish population in Texas, and women specifically.

Midterms are important, but politicians aren’t the friends we should depend on.

We’ve learned that in the past few years that depending on Democrats would be just as fearful as depending on Republicans as seen through Biden’s empty promises. Though these are votes that depend on the representatives in Congress, it is obvious that democracy is failing the people.

With many politicians working towards policy and economic benefits, the meaning of the people’s land is lost when voters let participation end after an election. Political participation is needed to prolong efforts that stand a chance in this game.

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Last updated 2/17/2022 5:04 AM