I'm taking a different approach. Here in Texas we just had the run-off between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz. Dewhurst has been our Lieutenant
Governor and is a career politician. He raised LOTS of money, so much money that it was glaringly apparent that he had a lot of CORPORATE
sponsorship. Cruz raised some $13+ million LESS dollars, indicating to me that he had virtually no corporate sponsorship. We got full color, glossy
'smear Cruz' flyers in the mail from Dewhurst for weeks on end. Nothing in the mail from Cruz. Dewhurst had tons of "I endorse this message" ads on
television in prime time hours. Cruz had none, though there was a group who did an ad for him but he did not endorse it as he did not sponsor it,
neither did he have the money to pay for it. Republicans both? I didn't care - one of them was, potentially, going to represent ME in the Senate.
One a RINO and one a Tea Party? I'm neither, but i didn't care - one of them was, potentially, going to represent ME in the Senate.
My personal opinion is that Cruz *might* be the man, of the two choices, that had the LEAST amount of corporate sponsorship. I want corporate
interests and lobbying OUT of our government, so I voted for Cruz. A whole lot of us did and Cruz won. I've already looked into Paul Sadler (D);
he's another career politician, so though I'm Independent, this year I'm an (R). Maybe in 2014 I'll lean toward (D)s?
On the County levels, I tended to go with the newcomers - the ones who went door to door out here in the middle of nowhere, knocked and spent a few
minutes talking to folks, personally. There's an opening to ask them questions, watch their body language and their eyes. It was the doorknockers
who got my vote - not the fancy, high end sign stickers who can't be bothered to meet their potential constituents. So far, this coming election, I
know of only ONE incumbent that I intend to stick with but that guy STILL comes home and talks to us and calls us and lets us know he's there and he's
The system CAN be changed, but WE must be the ones who change it. WE must research the individuals and forget the letters at the end of their names.
There are some good Republicans and some good Democrats and some good Independents and some good Libertarians, etc. It is up to US to ferret out the
potentially good ones, vote them in and then watch them like hawks. If they get swayed and go dirty, vote 'em out next time or demand recall.
If we show them that we're watching and we WILL vote them out, things WILL begin to change. Nothing is changing because not enough are getting voted
OUT. They get in and public apathy lets them stay until they're so corrupt they're beyond salvageable.
Our problem is sort of a trifecta of crap that most participate in on one level or another: 1) We have those who color in the names that sound
familiar to them resulting in crooks keeping their seats in Congress for decades, growing massively wealthier from lobbyists and not giving a rip
about US; 2) We have those who vote the letter (R) or (D), "Because my Daddy did;" and 3) we have those who wrongly think there's nothing they can do,
so they do nothing.
While I respect the right of anyone who chooses not to vote, I must say that I believe you have much more power than you're giving yourself permission
to use. You CAN make a difference. It may take 2 or 3 election cycles, but if we get the rid of the long-timers whose voting records are there for
us to see and know they're not doing it for us and replace them - and then replace the replacement, etc - If we keep the few who ARE doing what we
want done - eventually, we WILL prevail.
One town tried 3 years ago to get rid of (D)s and (R)s to force people to LOOK at the individual, but look what our DOJ did!:
DOJ forces Party Labels
! Can't have that! So, since we
can't "have" it, we must TAKE it.
Just because we're given two main Presidential choices does NOT mean we, the citizens of this Country, HAVE to vote for one of them. As another said,
what if we all voted for Ron Paul, for example? While he *might* not be everyone's favorite, he's certainly up front and honest. He's never voted
against the Constitution. He believes the Federal government is too invasive and States need to take back powers. THAT would be a good start. Then
people could begin voting with their feet.
Don't like gay marriage? Move to a State that doesn't allow it. Do believe in legalized marijuana? Move to a State that legalizes it.
It is the apathy and the defeatist attitude that is killing us. It is the belief that we must choose from the 2 'main' players they give us. We
don't have to do that. What we DO need to do is encourage one another to dig deep, look at records, and fully participate.
There's 300 million of us and we're letting less than 600 control us. Doesn't that seem pretty stupid?
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had to be done