My wife Norma asked me last night to print off a sample ballot for the November 4th election so she could prepare herself to early vote. Early voting is the best thing that politicians have created in America since they approved the Constitution. I hold one obvious historical record over 90 percent of Americans who are still “alive”, I have been voting for 63 years. It would be 66 years but I was not allowed to vote until I was 21.
Just think, I was old enough at 17 to join the US Navy, get married at 18 but the politicians had not yet decided that 18 years olds were mature enough to vote. Look at it this way, at 18 they can decide if a politician is capable, honest and ethical but they still are not allowed to gamble or buy an alcoholic beverage.
How do 18 year old Americans decide who to vote for in an election? I would assume that most will likely vote for the Party or the candidate of their parents. As some 45% of children today have only one parent at home this changes the probability of a stable home life. The scariest fact is the likelihood that far too many will be brainwashed by college professors who are 90% liberal and progressive before they cast their first vote. Look at the track record of the 1960’s when we had the hippy generation that produced both Bill and Hillary Clinton whose ethics, honesty and capability is public record.
Sadly these colorful people of the 60’s have provided us with more career politicians than our entire history. A prime example is our current President and the army of Czars he has amassed to disassemble the military leadership we have to defend out freedoms. Point to follow, every “major” decision made today for the defense of America is made by a politician without any military training. Sadly again, most are made at the White House rather than the Pentagon.
How do you decide who to vote for? This is easier for local elections like we have in Sabine County Texas. Chances are you actually know the individual running against each other and the local media is held hostage from being biased and losing local advertising revenue. This is not true in the larger cities where it is difficult to actually know the candidates and the media is biased by biased advertising revenue that is likely foreign owned today.
Statewide and National elections pose different evaluations if you happen to be a true independent voter like my wife and myself. I looked over that sample ballot my wife asked for and asked myself some questions. In Texas we have an election for Governor that has drawn enough mud-slinging advertisements to make me record all programs on my Dish Hopper so that I can fast forward to escape the venom. The Democratic candidate for Governor of Texas, Wendy Davis, is a windbag with more destructive force than a tornado or a hurricane. She is about as qualified to manage the State of Texas as my 14 year old great granddaughter who by happenstance is being raised as a liberal and actually already lives in Austin Texas, our State Capital. By the way both the Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle endorsed MS Davis this week which shows that the big money still flows to the Democrats as it always has in every major election in my lifetime.
Another dilemma is we have three other candidates running for Governor and two of them I never heard their name until I read the sample ballot. In nearly every National and Statewide position on the sample ballot, we have candidates for the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian and the Green Party’s. My wife and I are true “Independent” voters as we both have problems voting a “Straight Party” ballot. I just can’t be comfortable voting for anyone I don’t know or know anything about.
I can find enough information about candidates running for Congress and even the major candidates running for all other statewide offices except the ones running for the five judicial elections. I usually skip voting for a lawyer for any political position and when every candidate for things like a Justice for the Texas Supreme Court are all lawyers I have a problem. They are totally unknown in my county and most voters have three other options besides skipping the box to blacken. They can guess, play eenie, meanie, miney, moe or just vote for the Republican as most who live here are now in that Party.
I will bet that less than 5% of the voters in any state have taken the time to actually read the qualifications of every candidate that appears on their ballots. Anyone who believes that an 18 year old, first time voter, has researched every vote that they cast has some deep mental disorders.
It was refreshing news that the Supreme Court just ruled that Texas can demand that all voters have some form of identification to be able to vote starting tomorrow. This will probably create a last minute problem for the Democratic Party in Texas to get illegal’s picture’s made on ID cards with a dead voters name in time to vote by November 4th. But don’t worry as they have the resources to get this done and probably already have.
I sadly hate to admit that I now usually vote against a candidate rather than vote for one. No candidate in any contested statewide or national election today will ever meet all of the criteria I have established to meet my needs. The reason is they all are controlled by donations that keep them in office rather than what is good for “all” Americans. Re-election or continued service has now 100% replaced “Public Service” as a reason to run for elected office in America.
If America ends up with Harry Reid still serving as the leader of the Senate after the November 4th vote, it will not even matter who else is elected. When he allows Obama to grant amnesty to the 13,000,000 illegals by Executive Order, it will be the last two party election most Americans alive today will ever see again.
C Brewer 10-19-14