Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Frustration Inherent in Elections

Does what we have to say count for anything?

by Peter Stern

Elections are just frustrating as heck!

Who do you vote for? Who is the best new candidate? Which incumbent has done the least for the community? Then after all that and more, the winner is NOT the one you voted for.

First-off, generally only 5% of all registered voters go to the polls. In some countries voting is compulsory, not-voting punishable by fines or jail time. Maybe that should be done here as well. Some would argue that it would be undemocratic to force people to vote. I personally think it is undemocratic NOT to vote.

Campaigning has changed significantly over the years. campaign management and political strategy that determines it is NOT worth it for an incumbent. After all, in these days of politics those who receive big campaign bucks can make their platforms known more safely, via Internet sites, mailings, TV and radio spots and other advertising. Then all they must do is to tour around and spout their various wisdoms and clich├ęs.

Unfortunately, our say and clout in how our government acts and behaves has diminished greatly since the time of Jefferson and Washington. We can do little when we disagree with our officials. As you stated, the big bucks dictate how too many of our officials act on various issues. "Money talks."

Until we get out in numbers and vote, hold incumbent officials severely accountable for their actions, eliminate huge campaign contributions and stop letting our officials work for lobbyists [the same ones who contributed to their campaigns] after they retire from office, we will continue to have the same problems we currently have. Consequently, the people must "bang-down the doors" and contact their representatives to develop and approve laws that regulate and enforce these issues.

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