Politics has always been precarious. Any activity which elicits or promises power and fame will bring risk and reward, fear and the worst attributes of human nature can be on display when fortunes are at stake, when power drives men mad. But this is part of the rallying cry of democracy.
The slow, deliberate, some say supernatural choice that occurs when the people arrive at an appointed place (this year St Joseph's Catholic School, Hillcrest Middle School and Tashua) on a designated date, November 6th to give their consent collectively as to whom shall wield the power. Someone has to do it, so why not the choice of the people? The politicians elected will hold power in our names for the next two to six years, depending on the office they are standing for. They also are paid from the public treasury for their services, they are given varied remunerations and honors to protect the people and the government.
We should select as our representative (only two year terms) someone who we think would do a good job. Someone that listens to the people, yet has enough certainty of purpose, enough specialised knowledge to do what is right, even in the face of a great competition of forces that hope to sway us. Someone who through thoughtful deliberation and study, actually reads the majority of the legislation as they are casting our towns vote on behalf of the people in the General Assembly. Christiano might be a nice fellow, but when the seriousness was required of his office, he sought refuge among fair-weather friends, he failed in his duties in action and heart; he had his shot, it is time for something new.
Instead we should look to someone who stands for us! Is the candidate we are casting ballots for, experienced, independent enough to do the job. Does he know members of both factions in the legislature? As we fully enter the second decade of the 21st century, as we face problems of almost unsurmountable energy, as the very stitching of our simple democracy seems to be unraveling, we need locally grown leadership in our politics, with the courage to face these tests. Humility is fine in times of prosperity, but if we seek to crawl into our shell of safety, if we believe a structure is going to protect our needs, we are mistaken.
Both Republican and Democratic factions, leaning upon their aged structures and prior glories for contemporary votes, seem to have sold away the promises of America's future to non american, non british, non western forces. Only local democracy can remedy, during this age of globalisation and business where banks such as JP Morgan find greater profit from loyalty to Beijing and their anti capitalist tendencies than to the nation, the democracy that allowed their opportunity to exist. Loyalties for some have always been an optional excersize in strategy. Our State House of Representatives will become the frontline in the years to come as big corporate lobbying dollars compete with common sense; some of our well meaning representatives will be outmaneuvered by these well choreographed efforts to change the face of our society. We need conservatives to conserve what we have left. That must be our focus, people! People with a worldview rooted in what is right about our state, are needed and I am proud of my travels and experience. I have seen much of what the world is becoming and they are helpless in the face of such consolidation.
Some would like to opt out of this process, of voting. But it is as much a duty as it is a right and regardless of our choice, the victor will receive pay as it is their job. So you should vote, for government will not be limited unless we ensure it is bound through our consent.
Who shall we vote for? Some falsely believe that an unaffiliated candidate cannot win, that a person neither of this faction nor that would be of little interest to the citizens. But I believe in the power of the idea, that rational beings can listen to words and make them into actions. Historical lessons fade like the memory into a fog of winter. Let us not forget that victories are comprised of majorities and that the Republican party too was once a 'third party.' That we are elected at a unique moment to serve a unique purpose. Party nominations mean nothing except an automatic place on the ballot and perhaps a small number of party insiders to serve as cheerleaders and to act as your friend in this strange structured self delusion. In a town where half the registered voters choose to align with neither major party, affiliation is an albatross, it is meaningless. We, the people, say who is to be elected!
You, the voter should look at responsiveness and accessibility. Does the person who wants my vote responds to me when I call, or only during the autumn of their re-election? Does the person have the qualities I want in my advocate to the General Assembly? Lets not allow issues to solely make our minds up, although such things can indicate the nature of the man and help us determine his priorites. Politics, it is said is precarious, but of all our fates, democracy with faith and courage can determine our future.