I've been hearing lately from the news media (and even some people I know) an odd notion. They say the idea we (but mostly I) present on this blog - sending home career politicians by electing new leaders with new perspectives - is partisan. How can it be? These people say it's a move by extreme conservatives to trick the voting public into replacing all the senators and representatives with people from the far right side of the ideological universe. I think the main excuse claimed for this idea is that we currently have a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress.
It turns out they're partly right. Given the composition of congress, most (but certainly not all) of the career politicians to send home today are Democrats. But I'm not for a sudden swing from left-wing to right-wing politics. I'm for a new, responsible, 112th Congress that's composed of real hardworking Americans, whose political stances that reflect the opinions and beliefs of the citizens who sent them.
If it were Republicans who were passing bill after bill against our national wishes, or a whole hoard of venerable independents fillibustering any legislation, for example, it would be our duty to fire them. Again, today, it happens to be mostly Democrats.
So please, get out and vote today. Take advantage of our distinct freedom. Remember that we have a responsibility to speak out when our leaders have failed to represent us.
I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, but I am going to ask you to do some research. If your officials up for re-election this year are incumbents, they deserve a lot of scrutiny. If they've been in congress for a long time, they deserve even more scrutiny, and their opponent likely deserves your vote.
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