For the past year, we have literally seen the destruction of facts, intelligence, and good journalism take place under the Trump administration. The constant attack of news commentators, condemning of Colin Kaepernick, and the brazenly bold actions of racist people have been a complete whirlwind. It is perplexing to think that we were living a completely different life just two years ago. People from all sides have had their fair share of opinions and acted on them for the sake of their own cause.

The Midterm election is the most overlooked election. So why is it so important to vote in the 2018 Midterms? In looking to address issues that have arisen by way of Trump and his supporting administration, America needs to create new pathways for change. This election is so important because we are voting for or against immigration policies, health care, tax, and trade, as well for women. All of which are under attack within the current administration. We have seen this through the separation of immigrant families, the lack of access to affordable health care, as well as economic growth and decay with proposed policies.

Concluding the Midterm elections, results have identified a historical high voter turnout with 100+ million voters which include 39+ million early voters as reported by CBS. Such a turnout resulted in the Democratic parties taking back the House of Representatives with 223 seats opposed to the Republicans 197 seats. While the Senate remains in control by the Republicans with 51 senators compared to the Democratic 46. Now, what does mean for the state of the United States in the coming months?

Immigration – Building the Wall?

  • The House of Rep now having democratic control, the current race to build the wall separating Mexico from America is now in question. Although building the wall has been Trump’s main agenda which he deems is to protect the quality of life and access to jobs of the American people is set to be in question. While his course of action is an attack on people seeking the American promise and escape the danger that they are running from. It has been said that by 8 December, Congress must reach a deal on Department of Homeland Security funding, including the wall a narrow window for Republicans to secure significant wall funding before Democrats take control of the House in January (Sourced by The Guardian).

Health Care

  • Efforts in keeping affordable health care are now the biggest push. Doing so by challenging pharmaceutical pricing and trying to keep low-cost health coverage through Medicaid. As a result of last night’s election, the effort for reproductive rights seems to have landed a victory among the democratic push as three known advocates of reproductive rights have been elected. 

Women?

  • This election in its entirety was a huge win for women. As a large number of elected officials were women and were the first to do so in different capacities. Having a record number of 31 women in the seats within the House of Representatives at increasing the number of seats held by women to 61 within the House. In addition to the outstanding numbers, the first Native American women Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland, and Muslim women Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have been elected to Congress as well.

The reason this election has been so powerful and really life-changing is that we as Americans used our vote to be our voice in looking to make a change. No matter the vote or opinion, the mobilization of people to move out of the stagnate state of letting things happen seems to be coming to an end. Every vote is a voice that should be heard. We are what America is going to need to change. This is only the beginning.

I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is?they must change if they are to get better.

Georg C. Lichtenberg