On elections

I’m in a lousy mood this morning. A major reason for this is yesterday’s run-off election here in Texas. No, it’s not so much the results of the election that bother me. What does is the continued attitude of the DNC. You see, the DNC has decided it and its goals are more important than the individual voter or the needs of people on the local or state level.

We saw the DNC undermine Bernie Sanders and his campaign in the last presidential election. Mind you, I never have been and never will be a Bernie supporter. But to pre-determine the candidate and then do everything it can to influence the vote to make sure their decision is “made official” is a slap in the face of every voter. It is an insult to every man and woman who has donned the uniform of our armed forces to protect this nation and all it stands for.

For the national committee to come into a state and interfere in state and local elections simply so they might win an additional seat or two on the national level is also an insult.

I won’t belabor the point here. I’ve already blogged about it over at Victory Girls this morning.

Okay, I will belabor it a bit more. I don’t care what your personal politics are. But if you care about local issues and want them to be determined by candidates who care about your voice and your say, you need to get out and vote. Before that, however, you need to do your homework. Look at who is running. What are their qualifications? What do they stand for? How do they plan to implement their policies and, even more important in many ways, pay for them?

But that’s not enough. You have to then look at who is backing them. I’m not just talking about who is out walking the campaign trail, handing out literature. I’m not just talking about who has their signs in their yards — although that can and often does say a lot as well. I’m talking about looking at their financial reports.

Every candidate has to file financial disclosure forms during the course of the election season. Look to see who is backing them. If you are in a city like I am where city council elections are supposed to be non-partisan and you see a candidate receiving not only money but manpower from another elected official, especially if that elected official is on the state or national level, ask yourself why. Why is that second official getting involved and where did the money he or she gave coming from?

If someone on the ballot has been in office leading up to the election, look at their voting record. Then go beyond that. Look to see what sort of legislation — or ordinances if on a city level — that candidate has proposed. How many of those proposals have moved forward? Are those votes and those proposals for things you an support or do they seem to be working against the greater good of your community?

This is so important and I can’t stress it enough. If we allow a party — and it doesn’t matter which party — to think itself more important than the people of this country, we’re in trouble. We need to look at history and remember it. Remember what happens when the Party becomes the state. I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to live in that sort of a country.

Do you?


    1. Agreed. Too many feel they are supposed to be the power behind the throne, so to speak. They forget their ultimate responsibility is still to do what is best for their voters and their district/city/state/whatever. To do so, they are to take into account what those living there want and need — not decide on their own what is best for those people.

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