Calling all Democrats, show your LOVE at the polls!
By Sparta Live | July 9, 2018 6:24 am
Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines
On July 13, 2018, at 8 a.m., the polls will open up at the White County Courthouse for early voting in the primary races. Election Day will be 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 2, at local voting facilities. We will have the opportunity to vote for the candidates who will represent us in the mid-term elections in November. It is vital that anyone who feels we need local, state, and federal legislators, who understand the importance of upholding their oath of office to represent the majority of their constituents, are elected to their respective offices. Now, more than ever before in my lifetime, as well as others, we need to get out and vote to save our form of government by reminding candidates they work for the people. It doesn’t matter that the Supreme Court declared corporations are to be considered “people” when it comes to campaign financing; we individuals still exceed the number of American corporations.
I know Republicans have been angered by Robert Mueller’s investigation into the possibility of numerous questionable, and possible illegal, actions surrounding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The investigation is also looking into the probability of those actions affecting the way Donald Trump and his administration have governed since his inauguration. There are a number of reports from various investigative committees, including the latest from the Senate Intelligence Committee, which have confirmed that Moscow sought to help Donald Trump win the presidency. However, the House Intelligence Committee questioned the information the intelligence community used to conclude their findings. In the meantime, seven Republican members of Congress held private meetings with their counterparts in the Russian government last week, and Donald Trump will have a very private meeting with Vladimir Putin scheduled for July 16, 2018. The only thing we know for certain is if Russia was involved in something shady during the 2016 elections, we should all be concerned that something could happen during our upcoming mid-term elections.
I have been having a difficult time understanding why any American, no matter what your party affiliation might be or might not be, would not be worried and incensed that any foreign government, especially Russia, had any involvement in our elections. Would these same people have the same nonchalant attitude if China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, or Saudi Arabia were found to have interfered with our elections? Is this acceptance or lack of caring that Russia allegedly influenced and/or actually interfered with our 2016 elections, because it is no longer a “Communist” country and not perceived as a threat to America? If that is the case, those people need to look at Russia’s history since the “fall” of Communism. It is not exactly a “free and democratic” society.
The barest hint that Vladimir Putin and his government has been influencing the president of the United States, and possibly some members of Congress, should make every American who loves this country stand up and tell Putin and everyone who threatens our government that we will NOT allow this to happen. Personally, I don’t care if you love everything that Donald Trump has done since he took office and you think he is the second coming of Christ. If it is proven that the president of the United States of America is allowing Vladimir Putin to influence or interfere with our government, then he must be removed from office, along with anyone else who has been complacent with ANY Russian attempt to bend America to their will.
Every current candidate for the Senate, House, and governor’s office, who blindly supports Donald Trump, should be denied any opportunity to govern on any level. As Democrats – and Republicans – if you love our country and are concerned about preserving our independence, you cannot, in good conscience, vote for people who willingly allow Donald Trump, his administration, and his supporters to chip away at the very foundation of America’s form of government. We have come a long way since America declared its independence from England. Our history hasn’t always been pretty or nice. We are a work in progress, with many people striving to make America a better place to live, work, and enjoy the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution and Bill of Rights. We will never be perfect, because nothing in this world is perfect, but that doesn’t mean we stop trying.
I know Democrats and Republicans have their differences, but deep down we are all Americans, and we need to start acting like it. We will always have different opinions about how things should be done, but we need to learn the fine art of compromise quickly, in order to save our country and our way of government. Recently, there have been signs that some Republican leaders are starting to question the mixed signals they are receiving from the White House. The immigration issue alone has both Republicans and Democrats scratching their heads because Donald Trump has changed his directives to them, at least four times. The Republicans have tried to come up with policies or a bill to fix immigration, with Democrats and on their own, but Mr. Trump has rejected every proposal they have developed using his directives. Some high-ranking Republicans and even members of his administration have expressed frustration with Mr. Trump’s “off the cuff” announcements about trade and tariff issues, our allies, NATO, the U.N., and a myriad of other issues without any regard of the consequences.
I honestly believe the Republican leadership thought they would have some influence and control over Donald Trump once he was in power. It appears that some of them may be more concerned about him now than they thought they would have to be. I know there are several powerful Republicans in the leadership who are salivating at being able to approve another strong conservative to the Supreme Court and are pushing to have Mr. Trump’s choice confirmed before the mid-term elections. If they fail to meet that deadline, they hope to have it done before the new Congress convenes, in 2019. I suggest they proceed with the utmost care and caution before confirming any one of Mr. Trump’s nominees. I know I am not the only one with major concerns about the next Supreme Court Justice. Donald Trump has repeatedly made comments regarding the United States Constitution and how constraining it is for him and his “joking” desire to become the first American president for life. If he has his way with the next member of the Supreme Court, the possibilities of this happening could become our American nightmare. Again, back to the Russian and Vladimir Putin’s possible influence, not only in our elections but also within the White House, Mr. Trump’s comments and jokes are not in the least bit amusing.
I love our country. I love the diversity of the people who make up this country and everyone’s belief that we all have a hand in trying to make our country better for everyone who calls America home. We have some hard choices ahead of us. Do we continue on the path that the “old guard” (I’m including Democrats and Republicans) seems to be following? Or do we choose to replace the “old guard” with people who understand the needs of the majority of Americans and who have some of the same life experiences most of us have had? There are a good number of viable candidates who do not feel an obligation to the corporations and special interest groups that have caused more harm to the average American than good.
In my opinion, we need to show the love we have for ourselves, our fellow citizens and our country by getting out and voting. We need to take the chance and vote for those candidates who have new ideas, show their concern for their fellow citizens, who actually listen to our concerns, and don’t insult us by giving us lip service or regurgitate the “party line.” Perhaps it is time to elect people who come into government with a new set of eyes and are not encumbered by the attitude of “that’s the way we’ve always done this.” The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I believe it is time to vote people into office that understand it may be time to do things differently. If you truly love America, you must get out and vote to make her the best she can be for the majority of Americans instead of a privileged few.