Tuesday, October 28, 2008

How to vote or should you?

In one week we are having the national elections. We will elect a new president and all the seats in the House of Representatives are going to be voted on. All 435 of them. Wouldn't it be awesome to vote all of them out?
What kind of a message would we the People send to our corrupt leaders if we cleaned "house" and fired all the incumbents? Do you think they might take notice of us and start to get a little fearful? Do you think they just might feel a little more accountable for their actions? They sure didn't fear us enough to vote against the 850 billion ripoff, did they? Opposition was overwhelming against it from everything I read but they voted for it anyway after they loaded on 150 billion in pork.
Lets look at what a representative makes; As of January 1, 2008, the annual salary of each Representative is $169,300. Representatives are eligible for lifetime benefits after serving for five years, including a pension, health benefits, and social security benefits. $169k a year is a pretty decent paycheck. Lifetime benefits after 5 whole years of "service" is even better. No wonder they want to get re-elected. Do you know any other career that gives you lifetime benefits after only 5 years? Do you think this was what our Founding Fathers envisioned public office to be like? Me either. I find this level of compensation totally outrageous. But I know this is also just the tip of the iceberg. The real money they make is behind the scenes. the real money is earned when they sell their votes and their influence. That is how they really screw us, the People, over.
So my plan is to vote against all incumbents. Get rid of them all! No way we could get worse people in and the people who do win will understand what happened. Hopefully they will think more about the oath they swear when they take office to uphold the constitution and not how much money and power they can accumulate term after term after term. There should never be compensation after leaving a political office. it is called public service, right? That implies a sacrifice for the greater good, not sacrificing integrity, honor and principles for money at the expense of the public good. Things are way out of whack.
I got my sample ballot the other day and got on the internet to find out who was an incumbent and who wasn't. I marked it so I could vote against all incumbents regardless of party. I am also planning to vote against all the judges. I think judges have way to much power and always vote against all of them. Power should never be in the hands of any one person for any length of time. Power is far to corruptive and mankind has proven without a doubt, throughout history, they cannot handle it without being corrupted. Exceptions are so few and far between they are irrelevant.
The other reasonable option imho is not to vote at all. But personally I would rather vote them out since they definitely don't want that and they would never see it coming. I have read some pretty good arguments for not even voting but I prefer to be more proactive.
One thing I will not do anymore is vote for the lesser of two evils. I think that approach has got us to where we are. Ever more corrupt candidates who get elected because they are perceived to be not quite as bad as the other guy. Let's just vote them all out! And go third party whenever that option is available as an anti-incumbent vote!

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