Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I have had a strong passion for American History and politics for just about as long as I can remember. From reading about Andrew Jackson to discovering John Kennedy, my fascination with the US political spectrum and its inner workings, as well as its foundation, and fundamental concepts, have all been areas that I enjoy reading, considering, and debating about.

There are two primary reasons I have decided to run for office. First, I have chosen to run because I believe the government has gotten away from being a ‘government of the people, by the people, and for the people.’ Anymore it seems to me as though the government focus has become much more heavily focused on money, business, and keeping the status quo intact and under control rather than on what serves the best interests of the majority while protecting the interests of the minority.

I have had two experiences that lead me to assert this first reason for my candidacy. The first of those was when I heard and read comments by top congressional leaders that suggested that when those of congress vote against the party line (either party line) even as little as five per cent of the time, they are essentially scolded. This stifles the free sharing of opinions and limits the possibilities for change to what the party machine endorses with little apparent regard for real needs that may be smothered by mandated consensus.

The second experience that supports my contention that the parties have moved away from the people occurred when I started attending local party meetings leading up to the 2012 election and I noted that the primary focus almost always seemed to be about keeping the party currently in power in that position, or on regaining the party’s power if they weren’t in the dominating position.

While I have to acknowledge the advantages that may grow from being part of a strong political party, I am deeply concerned about the ways that such involvement may fail to serve the daily needs of the people in the interest of supporting the separate, and not necessarily harmonious, needs of the larger party and its financial and political policy supporters. When citizens vote for the candidate who claims to best serve the needs of the citizens and those they elect then vote for the party’s mandated position because it is the expectation of the party then the citizens are in great peril of having their real needs become lost in the structure of the political system rather than accomplished.

The second major reason for my campaign efforts is because of how divided that I see the United States seems to have become. I often hear people justify their opinions based on the “beliefs” of our forefathers. To me, this makes it seem as though all of our forefathers had the same viewpoints on everything and just got along great. Just as we have now, all of those earlier leaders of our nation had many differing opinions. The difference from then to now was in their ability to come together and compromise for the common good, which is what we have gotten away from and to which I believe we as a district, a state, and country need to return.

My general goals, if elected, and underlying the specific topics such as education, economy, taxes, foreign policy, and others, are to do my best to help address these two cited issues and bring the government back to the people while also helping to bridge the divide between the two sides. It is time for the two sides to stop volleying back and forth, freezing any real progress and legislation of value, to buck up, to come together, and to get things done for the good of the people and this country rather than expending major time, energy, and money playing chess with the lives of the citizens who elected them.

When each side tries to reverse the other’s accomplishments from the prior term it causes no progression. Remember that the most recent successful amendment to the US Constitution was passed by congress and ratified back in 1971. It has been over 40 years since that 26th Amendment was ratified, and the lack of changes to the Constitution (other than the 27th amendment which took over 200 years to ratify) is not due to its perfection but because of the stalemate we have had in US politics over the past few decades.

Each of these reasons are major factors to why I have decided to run, as well as my choice to run unaffiliated with no strong ties to either party, which will better aid me in representing the people not parties.