Posts tagged Voting
This thought will be expanded greatly over time, but to plant the seed of thought, what does conservative mean? ‘Social Conservatives’ within the Republican party have hijacked the word to mean fascist, religious fundamentalism. But conservative is supposed to mean conserving the written constitution, which allows for people to live their lives freely.
Especially as we discuss the federal government, there needs to be a cultural revolution that restores conservative to the later. Thanks to Ron Paul at the last debate for suggesting full decriminalization, or legalization, of drugs.
We hear ‘we are a Christian Nation’ all too often by politicians and ‘conservative’ radio talk show hosts. NO. We are a nation that allows Christianity.
If a libertarian is on the Republican ticket for president this time around, it will be a huge victory for libertarians to get their voice heard. We’ll debate voting Libertarian Party or for the libertarian on the Republican ticket at a later time.
The votes are still being counted, most winners have been announced, and as expected the Republicans have taken the House. Is anyone surprised that Tea-Party-backed candidates in Nevada and Delaware lost? I’m not. The Tea Party nominated some unelectable candidates in the primary, and now Washington picks up right where it left off, except more polarized than ever before. Democrats and Republicans have moved away from the center and towards their left and right ideologies.
So can we agree on anything anymore? We could if there were libertarians in office embracing the left when it comes to social issues and embracing the right in terms of fiscal policy moving forward. Congratulations to the few libertarian-minded Republicans who are now headed to D.C., but we know that their opinions will be muted within months.
Thank you to the television media who brought us up-to-the-minute results (and with great websites and presentation graphics, so major kudos to all of the developers and designers). But once again the country was presented as a 2-party system. Colorado’s gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo was displayed as Independent by national stations, even though he was on the ballot via American Constitution Party. Local stations showed the 3 main contenders, but our friends and the Fair and Balanced network only had room for 2 at a time. So they drop the “R” and show “D” & “I” only.
Our primaries get narrowed down to 2 candidates as fast as possible. Our pundits take point/counterpoint, and make no mention of how a solid 3rd party would bring unity among the polarized groups.
Tea Party members: stop trying to find a home inside of a political party that does not fully embrace your political philosophy. There is a party that gets on every state ballot just waiting desperately for a population influx. Opinion polls will start listing extra candidates. Graphic designers can adjust the displays for the 3rd candidate.
Fortunately HD TVs are wide-screen and there is plenty of room for 3 candidates to be seen at once.
They ads are running, the billboards are everywhere, and the flyers arrive in the mail daily. Most of them want to keep the pendulum swinging.
It is always a dilemma whether to vote major party or minor party/independent candidates. The Libertarian and American Constitution parties probably wont get enough votes to seat their candidates, but isn’t a vote for someone who stands for what you believe better than a candidate who can win? Just because they can “win” doesn’t mean they will represent you in office. Once in Washington D.C, ‘Party’ trumps personal decisions and representatives have to vote in line or they will not get any committee appointments, or re-election assistance.
It is a cycle that candidates go far left or far right to win the primary vote, then go towards center to get the main vote, then forget their campaign and vote with party line.
Voting Thoughts for Colorado 2010:
Vote for Libertarian candidates when possible. Consider other 3rds party nominees as well. For instance, Tom Tancredo has a chance to win from within the American Constitution party, and maybe libertarian-minded and unaffiliated voters should support him, since he could actually beat out Hickenlooper for Governor.
Clear The Bench & Term Limits
Why should a lawyer get a cozy career as a judge in the supreme court or court of appeals? Those positions should be a sacred honor, filled for a few years then passed on to someone else. Here is an opportunity to impose some term limits on the whole bench, and get new people in place.
For more reading on term limits, here is an interesting article: http://www.cato.org/pubs/journal/cjv14n2-9.html
The political environment this year is anti-incumbent from all directions, which will make our country more dived than ever as new Republicans and Democrats are no longer moderates in 1 big party. Now they will be polar opposites, which is a perfect opportunity for Libertarians and Constitutionalists to slide in and agree with 1/2 of the views on each side of the isle. Rather than centrist and moderates tying the 2 sides together in the middle, we can tie the nation together from both ends.