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Monday, October 15, 2012 10:18 AM

In the coming weeks, we will be bombarded by political ads posturing about the good (them), the bad and the ugly (their opponent). We’re smart enough to figure out not everything in political ads is necessarily true. Apparently, it doesn’t have to be. It just has to get your attention. The more you hear a name, the more likely you are to check that box on election day, especially if it’s a state or national candidate you really don’t know much about. They are counting on it.

That’s why you have to do more than just hide the puppies. You have to educate yourself so you can make the best decision possible. I’m not saying there isn’t a possibility of disappointment even with an informed choice. We all know that once a politician gets in office, the likelihood of keeping his or her promises drops dramatically. Heck, half the things they promise they can’t deliver anyway because they have no control over them. Seems we should know that.

If the other half of their promises don’t pan out, they blame someone else.

We are one of the few countries that has a true electoral system. Along with that, we also have a huge population of uninformed voters. Not a good imbalance. Rather a dangerous combination.

You can watch the ads if you want. I suppose at some point, it’s better than nothing. On the other hand, why not turn off the TV and do a little research. If your candidate of inquiry is an incumbent for state or national office, you can find their voting record. See if they put up or shut up. If they are new to the game, Google ‘em. If they are doing anything, you’ll find it.

We have the power to shape our destiny. We can do it one candidate at a time; one race at a time; one vote at a time.

If you are unhappy about the ways things are being done, use your vote to change it.
I’m going to borrow a high-profile candidate’s slogan, “If you don’t like what’s going on in Washington, change who you send to Washington.”

I’m not supporting this candidate but what he says makes sense.

I feel a sense of helplessness when I see Washington making decisions that are really bad for us.

I am frustrated that they are now on the campaign trail instead of in session hammering out a budget and taking care of business. If I just ran off and stopped doing my job, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have a job when I came back. And I surely wouldn’t be guaranteed a raise each year.

I watch in wonder as continually manage to rally a vote for something that benefits them in some way.
Buckle up guys. Regardless of what happens next month, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.


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