Mike Firesmith is a writer from Georgia. I find his stories interesting and I find his thoughts challenging me often. This is a good thing. I have, with his acceptance, borrowed one of his FB posts to share. Agree or disagree, it is food for thought. Voting numbers are a problem just about everywhere. Australia will fine you if you don’t vote and they have a huge turnout. Enjoy the read, or not, but at least think about it.


There were many people who were against the American Revolutionary War, even though they lived in the Colonies and they didn’t like the King. There were many people, both North and South, who thought the War Between the States was a remarkably bad idea, even though they supported, or opposed, the issues that brought that war into being.
You do not have to support or oppose radicalism, uncivil disobedience, rioting, or domestic terrorism. All you have to do is sit and wait for it to happen. If you will just do nothing, say nothing, voice no opinion, and take no actions, then you are asking others to do as they see fit, and as we have learned very recently, and much to our regret, this will certainly take place.

The idea that this country is being run by people who were elected by a majority isn’t true; they were only elected by a majority of those who bothered to vote. The last election season is what we get when most people sit it out. The last election was about two candidates that were the lesser of two evils, or more, in primaries where remarkably few people showed up at the polls.

If there are bombs and bullets it will be because there were not enough ballots. People stayed home. People didn’t get out and get involved. People rolled their eyes and played video games. People played their part in letting other people decide for them.

This is how we got where we are. It’s not the fault of those who used the apathy in this country to take over this country.

It’s our fault.

You think you’re dismayed now, just wait until the first full scale riot hits a major city and people start dying in the streets.

All you had to do was go out, make an informed decision, and vote.

What you have to do next is survive long enough to have a chance to do it again.

Best of luck.

Mike Firesmith   The Hickory Head Hermit



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  1. Deacon January 22, 2017 at 11:46 am #

    In a sense I agree with Mr Firesmith, but the problem is deeper, much deeper and the only way to make any real changes is to ask the foxes to relinquish control of the chicken coop.

    To begin with when you have one, two or three ‘contestants’ and you’re asked to vote for one of them…..what do you do if you trust and believe in none of them. That too, is a vote when you don’t vote (presuming of course that your vote is one of total rejection).

    The real problem is the way our political systems are set up. For starters the concept of ‘political parties’ has to go. They are simply gangs in good suits. They for the most part choose who will run for leader and then their main focus is get that person elected at all costs because it does the gang as a whole good. With election comes power. ego trips, countless perks, both political and business connections and of course……money. Even George Washington (pertaining to the USA) warned his people of adopting the party concept.

    There are other aspects that need changing as well and they are many and time consuming to go over here but a brief glimpse would be:
    – No….absolutely NO contributions to a candidate by anyone…..zip….nada.
    – All candidates would be required to appear at different question and discussion times so that both those well versed in politics as well as those who are just ordinary people can ask questions and……….if the candidate side steps answers they must be required to answer directly. Put their feet to the fire! These question periods are easy to formulate especially in our new world of mass and instant communication. It will just be a matter of perfecting it.
    – ALL information about candidates from their past in all aspects should be open to the public. We want to know who this person is….not just the act they put forward for the cameras.
    – All candidates and especially the victors must sign some sort of agreement that they are required to meet the promises in reasonable time, which were made during the election. No more “I will say what you want to hear so I will be elected”. If they do not meet their deadlines they may have the option to appear before a citizens committee where they will be allowed to explain any extenuating circumstances that may have slowed the progress of the promises.

    Now in the case of Trump…..his past unpaid bills, his contacts with disreputable people, his comments about other religions or minorities and his comments about women would have immediately eliminated him from the election. The USA wants the bar in ethics and integrity raised….not lowered.

    That’s just my brief personal opinion.
    There are many good people out there but we will never hear about them because they are not wealthy, powerful, or do not hang around in the right ‘circles’……yet they can do more good than the members of the ‘private club’ that has been ruling the USA and other countries for far too long.


  2. JBean January 22, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    Voter turn out in the US has been just under to near fifty percent of eligible voters for nearly forty years. No one should be surprised at this year’s turn-out.

    If we based eligibility for office on a candidate’s entire past, none of them would be fit for office.

  3. sharpiepen January 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    Mr. Firesmith is right, I believe this was the lowest voter turned out in years and people either don’t want to vote or don’t understand what they are voting for or just want everyone else to decided for them. It’s sad. I looked up the voter turn out for this election for Los Angeles county, there are 5+ million registered voters yet only over 4,000 people decided to vote. I’m pretty sure those who are protesting half them probably didn’t even bother to vote. This saying holds true, if you didn’t vote you don’t have the place to complain. One might say I don’t have time to vote or I can’t get to my polling place. You can vote by mail (at your house), polling places are open weeks before the election for early voting, there are ride shares/lift to drive you, but people still don’t do it.

    I agree with Deacon, the US political system is broken and needs to be fixed. I like the idea of having the victor said a contract of a time line of when their campaign promises will be kept. Having an open forum for the debates and not having written and approved questions will be a great relief and probably get people more in involved.

    Also, I’m afraid that these peaceful protests will turn into full out riots and it is going to be chaos. I remember the LA riots in the 90s it wasn’t pretty, bought out the worse in people. I just hope it doesn’t go that way and that people keep their peace and use their words instead of destroying things.

    Now I can only hope for the best.

    Have a good one,


  4. Jeff P. January 22, 2017 at 6:50 pm #

    I guess I see things differently, maybe because of living in the country as opposed to the city. I agree that overall voter turnout was no better this time than in the past. We can all blame the other voters, I main;y blame the Republican party for allowing Obama to be elected in the first place. I had hope for him, even if I didn’t vote for the man. I voiced my hopes to many. But he did nothing, for eight long years he did nothing at all. A Clinton win would have been even more years, an extension of the Obama legacy of doing nothing at all. Now, the American people have spoken, not just by electing a Republican, but by ignoring Obama and his rhetoric. He will be forgotten, a blip on the screen that didn’t matter.

    What we need as a country is to return to the way things were designed in the first place. Forget those who are raised from childhood to be politicians, no more career politicians. Elect men or women who care about the country. Harry Truman comes to mind. A farmer who was basically forced into politics and did what he did because he loved this country. When he left office he disappeared back to his farm. That’s what we need, government by the people, not the elite.

    Is Trump the answer? No, not exactly. But he’s better than most other options. I hear the liberals claim that he’s terrible because he borrowed a million dollars from his father to get started. I’d like to see the average person, loaned a million dollars, turn it into what Trump has built. He’s a mover and shaker, and that’s what America needs. Not a President who will just sit and do nothing.

  5. Deacon January 23, 2017 at 11:00 am #

    “for eight long years he did nothing at all.”…………as he fought the Republicans tooth and nail for every step he took. The Republicans were the problem…not him….and now the same party is the problem again.

    • JBean January 23, 2017 at 6:58 pm #

      Who was he fighting during the time the Dems had control of the House and the Senate? They had their chance, and mucked it up. Just review the off-year election results if you think I’m off base.

    • Jeff P. January 23, 2017 at 7:16 pm #

      As we have agreed to before Deacon, we all have our opinions. I respect yours, even if I do disagree. Yes, in my opinion Obama did nothing. He didn’t have the backbone to fight for anything, just issued “Executive Orders” so he didn’t have to raise a sweat. Easily erased as we are now seeing. His only claim to fame in 50 years will be as the first non-white President.

      Again, my opinion. Was Trump the best choice? Yes. Was he the best candidate? No.

  6. ODDMAN January 23, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

    Dave C.

    I am now tired of your smartass comments. Since you seem to know what is the best and that nobody else’s efforts can reach your critical satisfaction, I suggest that you create your very own website/FB page/tumblr page where you can post your original thoughts and ideas. Your sniping from the sidelines has gotten worse over the past few years so now I have added you into my spam filters.

    I will put this into the comments for the next 2 days just to make sure that you read it.

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