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Location: Yardley, PA (Bucks County), United States

Friday, July 28, 2006

Just Politics - Courier Times July 15, 2006

I was about to write something on voter apathy when it occurred to me that I didn't care. Politics is getting so divisive and out of control that maybe one should focus on the solution and not the problem. In short, the Republican Party has become the Democrat Party and the Democrat Party has become
So what's one to do? One could, like the 71% of Bucks County's eligible voters who didn't vote last November, completely ignore the process or one could understand that they must take an interest in politics or politics will take advantage of them. You can be assured that every selfish special interest soldier is voting so everyone who doesn't vote increases the politician-buying-power of those who fund campaigns for personal gain at taxpayer expense. Quite simply, those who vote are those who get represented.
It's no wonder that we're not being represented, but we really can't blame our elected officials. They pander to groups like the teachers' union (our nation's number one crisis), who have mastered inefficiency and underperformance by playing politics with our children's education, but we have no one to blame but ourselves. Turn that 29% voter turnout into 80+% and you'll see some start honoring their Oath of Office. Otherwise, officials will continue to be elected by those who don't vote.
My 8 year old recently asked me the difference between Democrats and Republicans. I had just seen an interview with Ann Coulter and witnessed the profoundly rediculous nature of the whole "conservative vs. liberal" insanity. So I searched for an accurate answer. I said that both are more similar than different; that we're all Americans, perfectly compliment one another and agree on many things.
I continued telling mini-me that Democrats like to help people while Republicans like to help people help themselves. Democrats believe that our rights come from our government and Republicans believe that our government is the protector of our rights. And, Democrats are more inclined to look to government for answers while Republicans are more inclined to look to themselves.
I summed up the following for those of you ages 10 and up. Comparing it to a similar sentiment written by a Democrat might reveal many more similarities than differences:
Although extremely diverse, the Republican Party can best be defined by a core set of beliefs that we all share. First and foremost, we believe that the differences among all citizens are what make a community and that recognizing the complimentary nature of people's unique contributions is what makes communities great.
On a larger scale we believe that the best way to help others is to help them to help themselves; that the well-informed will find their own way. When we lend a helping hand it is often the outstretched arm of personal responsibility, accountability and self-reliance.
We cherish our rights and privileges as American citizens, but understand that they can only be maintained through duty and responsibility (and that our greatest enemies are apathy and indifference).
We believe that liberty lies in the hearts of all people and is protected in America by the Constitution. We believe that economic opportunity for all is best realized by the free and open market which follows the laws of supply and demand (to be the most effective and productive mechanism available of supplying human needs).
Lastly, we believe that true wealth is not measured in dollars, but by quality of life as demonstrated by the freedom to live as we wish with all people fundamentally equal and good, all life equally valuable and all of our individual goals worthwhile.
What does this mean? It means that being an American requires effort. It means that there will always be those who will attack what is important to us all and that changing course while going in the wrong direction is rarely easy. And it means that we all have a strong voice unless we make the conscious choice to not use it.


Blogger E. David Quammen said...

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Anyways, enjoy your comments. Take it easy, and good luck in PA.

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