Politics is like cold syrup, the dentist, and bookkeeping. All three are necessary, yet I really don’t like any of them.
But I’m jazzed about voting this year. A lot of people are.
Do you recall a time where more people are involved in politics? I don’t. Perhaps it’s because this time around, regular folks can’t just ignore it. Most people are like readers of this blog: Children to raise, jobs to do, friends to enjoy–we’re living life. Why slow down to listen to political ads or grow concerned with issues that barely affect us?
Because these issues do affect us. Washington has proven that these last two years. In the past 22 months, we’ve witnessed…
- More spending from our government since the founding of our nation.
- The nationalization of industries that have no business being nationalized: auto, student loans, mortgages, and health insurance.
- Unemployment at record highs, apparently the “new normal.”
- A record 42 million Americans receiving food stamps.
- Home foreclosures at a record high.
These problems are inexcusable. Think hard about these things, educate yourself, and act on November 2. Metaphorically speaking, we are sick, we have tooth rot, and our accounting is in shambles.
Here’s a benchmark Wendy and I (and now Cynthia, voting age this year) are using when we vote. It runs down like so…
- Vote against incumbent liberal Democrats. My goodness, they have spent our children’s and grandchildren’s money in the past two years. Their fiscal irresponsibility has no excuse.
- Seriously investigate any “blue-dog” Democrat. Did they support the wacky policies of the past two years? Everyone acts conservative at election time, but a voting record is proof. If they voted for these insane policies (and most of them did), vote ’em out.
- Seriously investigate incumbent Republicans. “RINOs” (Republican In Name Only) have to go, too. Their policies have made our country worse. Once again, the voting record will give you the answer.
- Support conservative candidates. Give them your money, retweet their tweets, friend them on Facebook. Do what you can to help get them elected.
- Talk about it. Let those you love know that you feel passionate about your votes. That passion will spread, and more votes will be cast.
I wish I could ignore it all and return to my family life, but I can’t. Neither can you. Vote November 2 with the higher hope for a brighter future and a greater America.
For help determining your local rules and candidates, go to: www.citizenlink.com/voter.