2010-06-16 / Opinion

Up The Creek Without A Paddle

It doesn't get any easier as government gets bigger
by Terry Toole

Several people have called about having to choose being Democrat, Republican, or whatever in the primaries coming up.

First, this isn't new at all. Since primaries started, a voter has had to choose what party he or she wanted to vote in that primary.

The July 20, primaries are just what they say they are. They are not elections; they are primaries. The winners of the primaries, Democrat, Republican or whatever, will determine who will be on the November 2 General Election ballot. This is the election that elects a candidate.

But here is the hitch; in many cases, the local candidates, all still run as Democrats. Bless their hearts, we have been Southern Democrats since they really started around 1860. The first Republican Party was started in 1856.

Until recent times, in the South, the Methodist and Baptists were basically Democrats. That changed in recent years, and the South mostly elected Republicans on a national level, but the locals still called themselves Democrats. Now, that is changing, and that is where voters are really having trouble choosing.

There is a mood to kick out the incumbents who are not Republicans, and a few of them. The Tea Party voters are going with Republicans on state and federal races. Many of the Southern Democrats have switched to the Republican Party.

Some of the staunch Republicans have said they want to vote for some of their candidates on the state and federal level. They can, but they won't get to vote for many of the local races, since many have run as Democrats. Some voters say, "I just won't go to the polls and vote."

To me, that doesn't cut it. We have to make choices every minute of every day. The choices might not be what we would like, but we make them. What if we decided not to breathe the next breath because something doesn't smell good? Our choice should always be the best one, even if it is not what we would like.

Choosing a candidate is almost always that way. The incumbent has already shown what he or she can do. If they did good, and it didn't cost you an arm and leg to re-elect them, then you might want to keep what you've got.

The newcomers, Democrat or Republican, must prove themselves. All real politicians tell you what you want to hear. Statesmen do the right thing. Your vote is the only time the regular citizens have a say in government. So if you do not vote, you have given up your part of government.

Vote like I do. Vote the way you think will be best for your community, your state and your nation.

On a national level, we have had some real duds for our president, our U.S. Congress, and appointments to the Supreme Court.

When our leadership, local, state or national, has no answers to problems except to raise taxes on the few who are still paying any type of taxes, to me that is poor leadership. There is no such thing as a fair tax unless "everyone" has to pay, with no exemptions. The only way to give to those who do not, cannot or will not work, is to take from those who do work. The giving has just hit over $13 trillion. We in the U.S.A. who work do not make enough to pay the interest on the debt our nation owes now.

The waste and neglect that our leaders have piled upon us is now affecting how we live, how we work, how we feed and educate our young, how we take care of our elderly and how health care will be taken care of. When have you heard that our leaders took a cut in pay? All those in office seem to want more taxes to give to those who don't pay any taxes. Unless someone can show that any tax is one that "everyone" must pay to save this nation, I will never vote for another tax increase. If we would do away with more taxes on those who work and entitlements were reduced, maybe more people would want or need to work.

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