Ramblings from Georgia

Public Service Announcement

Posted by apacheangel on March 10, 2011

There is a disease destroying our country. There is no known vaccine; the government isn’t working to develop one, the media is ignoring it, and if we don’t do something soon, it will be too late. It has destroyed the democratic party beyond all recognition, and threatens to demolish the republican party. This disease is so ignored that it doesn’t really have a good name. It is the belief in the fallacy of electability. The idea that a candidate is somehow more “electable” because they have more money, more name recognition, or have held elected office for longer. There are efforts springing up around the country to vote out the incumbents, but this is not enough. We, as voters, have to put a stop to the game of musical chairs that career politicians are playing with elected offices.

The idea of “wasting your vote” on so-called “long shot” candidates is nothing new. However, it is still religiously propagated throughout the land, particularly by those who call themselves conservative. We are encouraged to vote for the candidate who is leading in the polls, because if we don’t the (fill in the blank with the controlling party of your choice) will win! If I have a choice between a typical democrat and a typical republican I will tell you that you are offering me two identical apples…two rotten apples. Ladies and gentlemen, the lesser of two evils is still evil, and it is high time we quit electing evil people to run our cities, counties, state and country.

I mentioned before the efforts to vote out incumbents. I have a question for you, and it is something to seriously consider: If you move a candidate from one elected office to another, have you really made a change? If there is a problem in the U.S. Congress, and there is a problem in the GA General Assembly, does it fix the problem to move a politician from one house to another? “What about the good ones?” you may ask. I submit to you that it is unfair and unkind to push a good person to hold office term after term after term. We need to realize that good people do not go into office to make friends with corrupt politicians. They go to fight. You would not think it fair to send a soldier on deployments for years and years on end with no object but for him to fight until he retired. Yet you think it fair to send a man in to war against corruption with no end? Why not let a good person hold office for 2 terms, maybe 3, and then return to the life of a citizen. Find someone good to take their place, or run yourself if you think you can do the job.

How do we stop this cycle? How do we take back our government? We need to examine every candidate thoroughly. Not just the candidates the mainstream media will tell you about. We need to bring an end to our government being SELECTED for us by the media. Never settle for the lesser of two evils. The lesser of two evils is still evil. You always have a choice. Educate yourself on the law and issues of the day. You can’t fight for your rights if you don’t know them, and you can’t pick a candidate who will recede, or at the very least not advance, the reach of government into your life if you don’t know the limits of government. Finally, speak out. The best way to spread a message is by word of mouth. No issue will be solved if no one talks about it. No cause advanced if we remain silent.

I would like to leave you with a quote that I hope will impact the way you think about voting:
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” – John (Quincy?) Adams


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