The dust is now settling on this week’s primary election and the final selection of candidates for the November election. Under the new ballot system, new unaffiliated voters participated in the political party nominating process for the first time in history.
Final registration and voting statistics will indicate how successful this new system worked. It was expensive, how did it work?
Having observed politics for many decades I have admiration and respect for both political parties and the grassroots workers who make each party successful in our two-party system.
The trouble at the border is because millions of people want to come to the United States. Not bad for a country that has two competing political parties that at the moment are deeply divided on a number of issues.
A few years ago, the buzzword was “abortion rights” versus “anti-abortion.” That issue seems to have cooled to be replaced by immigration, universal health care, sanctuary cities and gun control, to name some of the disgruntling issues.
Elections are a good time for citizens to pay attention to governance and to vote for candidates they agree with.
It is never wise to judge leadership by a single issue, while one may disagree with a particular vote, or position, maybe the candidate still may be the best overall choice. We’re finding more and more that candidates are not perfect, and they are no different from most of us with life-long issues. Because a candidate once made a mistake should not be a life-long burden. Most people grow and mature in life.
It seems to me that sexuality of candidates should be their private business and shouldn’t influence their ability to govern effectively. Remember the old adage, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks.”
My advice to the unaffiliated voters is to stay in the political system and register with the party of your choice. The recent ballot that you chose to vote doesn’t register you with any political party.
Third parties are just a waste of your time and energy. Maybe someday the United States will have multiple parties that need coalitions to govern. The major parties have to court the smaller parties in order to gain and retain their political status. That day is now.
The bottom line is that under Republican and Democrat leadership, America has become a superpower and we should stay that way to compete with China, Russia and the European Union.
One of the very best features about political parties is that they sort out leadership and make people work hard to be elected. Look at the recent campaigns for governor and expensive campaigns waged to seek higher office. Out of eight candidates, only two will move forward.
How much should one spend in time and money to be a public servant? Candidates should all be thanked and respected.
The political parties provide the proving grounds for candidate selection, and it is a tough road to travel. Ask any of the eight candidates for governor just how hard it was to run, win or lose.
Two candidates will have won by the time you read this column.
They will need your help and donations to reach the governor’s office Nov. 4 and swearing in January 2019.
Truly, the winner will be tested, vented, skewered, admired, disrespected, respected, and will have run a gauntlet.
We owe a debt of gratitude to political party leaders and volunteers who spend countless hours in the trenches raising funds, designing mailers, conducting rally’s and knocking on doors.
Sometimes a thankless job that ends without a thank you or a victory party.
The next election is always going to be the most important one in history. But, for some reason, the Republic continues to survive, and we all show up to work after the election is over.
We watched with curiosity this past Tuesday evening to see who won the primary election. Did big money talk, or take a walk?
Voters can now line up to vote for local and state candidates.
Welcome to unaffiliated voters, take the plunge, and join a party where you can volunteer, run for office, and learn about how the political system really works. The government will never be any better than what citizen participants make it.
The future of America is up to all of us!
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