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Well, let me tell y'all about how this politcal dividing can really do a number on our country. Y'see, when the political parties get all fired up and cain't get along, well, it makes it harder than a two-dollar steak foir the government to do its job. That there leads to nothing getting done, and all the big problems get just keep piling up like a heap of dirty laundry.

Now, this dividing also makes folks lose their trust in the government. When folks reckon that their elected bigwigs are more set on fighting amongst themselves than helping us the common folk, well, that just grinds away at the trust in the whole dang system.

This whole polarization business can even cause our social ties to come undone, and make them extreme beliefs sprout up like weeds. When folks get all split-like based on their thinking, it gets mighty hard for them to understand and feel for each other. That leads to a lack of sticking together and a heap of people getting all riled up and clinging to them extreme ideas and voting against their needs.

Now, we can see all this mess happening in our federal, state, and local government. And I reckon we might only have one more election in 2024 to get our democracy back on the right path.

Fancy folks who talk about our electoral system say it ain't always working right, as how it sometimes puts in place politicians who don't listen to us folks who voted for them. One thing folks fuss about is how we're usually stuck with two parties, leaving not much choice fer the voters and making it tough fer third-party or independent candidates to get a foot in the door.

Another problem with our electoral system is all that gerrymandering business, which is when them politcians draw up  voting boundaries to help out their own party. That makes it near impossible fer voters to have a say in what happens, because their voting power is watered down like cheap moonshine.

On top of all that, our electoral system is chock-full of private money for them, which makes folks mighty suspicious about how much pull that money's got in politics. Candidates with deep pockets can have a big old leg up in elections, and don't matter how good they are or what they think about the issues. Dark money's aiming to whittle us down to one party or even worse, a dictator. And the Supreme Court's is just adding fuel to that fire.

All this two-party nonsense, gerrymandering, and voter suppression, and this money in politics makes it real hard, if not durn near impossible, for voters to make a real difference in elections without a whole bunch of us showingup to vote.

Now, if we go ahead and elect more women folk to Congress and state legislatures, well, that might just be the ticket to fixing this this big mess.

You see, the ladies in government tend to work better together and find that common ground, which can help heal the political wounds. Women are also more likely to put their focus on things like learning, doctoring, and taking care of folks, which can help make policies that benefit everone.

Second, when we got a nice balance of men and women in government, we see better policies for handling things like violence against women and folks getting the healthcare they need. By promoting gender equality in government, we'd be drawing from a wider range of ideas and experiences, which could lead to better and fairer outcomes.

Third, government with a good mix of men and women are more likely to be responsive to the needs of all sorts of folks, including who haven't been treated kindly in the past. By working towards a more  balanced government, we'd make sure that everyone's thoughts and needs are taken into account, which might just help cut down on all the polarization and bring folks closer together.

Now, some of the countries over in that Europe, like Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, are right fine examples of what we should be aiming for. Our neighbors up in Canada are starting to join that good olgclub too. I visited Canada once, and I gotta say, them Canucks sure seem happier than a pig in mud compared to some folks back home. I reckon their healthcare system's got something to do with it. Folks don't have to worry about getting sick and using up their hard earned savings.

These countries have been called some of the happiest, fairest, and most prosperous places on Earth. Finland's even been crowned the happiest country for six years straight! Now, lots of things make these countries so great, but research says that women in government play a big part.

Those countries got lots of women in politics, which helps create policies that benefit everyone. For example, Norway's had a balanced government since the 1980s, with women holding at least 40% of parliament seats. That's helped them come up with good policies about parenting, childcare, and equal pay.

Sweden's another one that's been working on equality in government, with women holding 47.3% of the parliament seats. That's helped them tackle issues like violence against women and women's pay gap.

On top of all that, them countries got all sorts of policies and programs to help women in their everyday lives. Like, Norway's got a real nice parenting and leave policy, letting both mamas and papas take time off to care for their young'uns. Sweden's got rules that make it easier for folks to balance work and family, like flexible work hours and help with childcare costs.

Now, all these policies lead to a more fair and equal society, where women folk can have a real part in working and helping the economy grow. Sure, some women get elected and don't do much, but they're the exception, not the rule. Studies show that when you got a good mix of men and women in government, you end up with less violence, better health and education, and a stronger economy and more money for everyone.

So, y'all want to break that political polarization holding our democracy in a chokehold? Well, then go on and elect a woman to replace one of the aggressive, loud-mouthed fellas stirring up all this trouble.

Hey, It's Me

DALLE 2023 04 15 05.50.02   man with a red cap playing a banjo while sitting in a rocking chair on a porch of an old house in mountains of West VirginaBilly Bob here. Down here in West Virgina we like to think we are just as smart as them folks out there in LA or up there in New York or even as smart as some of them eggheads out in that valley they called Silicon. Sure we got some boys and a couple girls a bit slow, but I bet everywhere has got a few. But anyway, we love having y'all, so just sit yourself down and stay a while. And if youns in big hurry then Y'all just come back you here! Bless your heart!

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