posted on Jan, 23 2014 @ 04:59 PM
Yes, I still vote although I've had it proven to me on a local level that the process is tainted. But I know the people I'm voting for on a local
level and to me, they are the most important votes I cast.
What to do? Go out and talk to people, people you know are honest, upright citizens. Talk to them about running for office. We must begin the
reformation efforts on a local level. In our area we've had 3 local leaders who have abandoned the major parties in the past year and become
independents. That's progress as far as I'm concerned.
What else can we do? Run for office. It will be the most enlightening thing you can do, spend time actually talking with people in the community
about the problems we're facing and getting ideas for solutions. Third party candidates can talk about all sorts of problems that the Demopublicans
won't touch with ten foot poles. You might win---you might not---but in bringing up issues that the Others won't speak of, you get people talking.
Here's an example---I ran on a third party ticket for statewide office. We didn't win but we got the most votes any third party slate had ever
gotten in the Commonwealth. One of the issues I raised was abolition of the office for which I was running, Lt. Governor. We pointed out that the
only statutory duty of that office is "To wait upon the death of the Governor" and for that the Lt. Governor got a salary of nearly $100k (this was
in '99), a stately home with full staff, a stately office with full staff, car and driver, etc.... We didn't win but within 2 years, the
legislature had taken a look at the Lt. Governor's office and cut back substantially on the perks, including taking away the stately home.
Unfortunately, the office didn't get abolished and the efforts at reform died down when the two parties got firm controls on the two legislative
bodies in the state.
Yes, the reformation back to honest government will take time and a LOT of hard work but unless you're willing to give the effort, nothing will
change. I think of the movement for women's suffrage that my great-grandmother worked for back in the 19th and early 29th century. Their efforts
began just after the War of Northern Aggression and continued for decades. I'm quite sure there were times that she and her sisters in the cause
must have been discouraged but they didn't give up and neither should we.