With the election just a few days away, most of us are trying to figure out which way we should vote and who will do the best job of representing us. That’s a good thing. The more we look into what a candidate stands for and what their philosophy is concerning what the role of government should be in our lives, the better.
I’ve personally never been politically active. That is unless you consider being a consistent voter, and writing to my senators once in a while as being politically active. Unfortunately, the state of affairs of our fair state, and especially that of our nation as a whole has forced me into a little self-examination, and the result has been feeling the need to stand up and be counted.
As we see our nation crumbling before our very eyes, the decisions we face at the ballot box are a whole lot bigger than Democrat vs. Republican. To repeat a quote I heard somewhere, “America has lost her way. ”
I come from a long line of Democrats. My great-granddad was a judge in Shannon County, Mo., around the turn of the last century and described himself in a magazine article as: “A dyed in the wool Methodist that has always voted the Democratic ticket. ” Now that sounds like a fairly open-minded guy, don’t you think?
Unfortunately, the Democratic party of my dad and granddad isn’t the Democratic party of today. Instead of, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country, ” as JFK (a Democrat) is so famous for declaring, the push from that party today is bloated spending and increasingly failed social policies. The complete decimation of the inner-city family structure is a shinning example of how not to do things. Yet those disastrous policies not only continue, but are increased at a time when our federal budget is totally out of control. Go figure.
It seems like everyone has their hand out. “Give me more government money! (a statement that’s always followed by a justification of why the person “deserves” it.) Where has everyone’s conscience gone? It isn’t someone else’s money. It’s our money, and that of our grandchildren. This nation is in a real mess. This has to stop or we won’t even have an America left.
For those reasons our representation in Helena needs to be the strongest we can possibly have, and the coming legislative session may very possibly be the most important in our state’s history. The overreaching power grab by the federal government must be stopped, and we can do a lot to curb it at the state level. Don’t forget it was the states that formed the federal government, not the other way around.
We need someone strong and unwavering that believes in fiscal restraint and who isn’t afraid to take stand for Montana.
I’ll be supporting Wendy Warburton for the HD 34 seat.
Ken Overcast, Chinook