Dear Middle Class Independent Voter,
Today I write asking you to consider participating in the upcoming primary elections this year. As you are aware our country is presently suffering from the worst case of polarization between the two major political parties to the likes which have not been seen since the 1850’s-1860’s when the southern delegation and caucuses read the writing on the wall that their ability to keep the economic system of slave labor was losing support from the majority of the rest of the country and new territories of the western lands. Today we see the hate spill over between both parties in order to protect their special interest contingencies point of view. Please do not be fooled by the television speaking points when you hear one party member refer to another party member as his distinguished friend because this is not true. The past twenty years have seen the decay of the civil professional moderate politicians from both sides of this hollowed chamber. Why is your participation so important now when you have of course the right to not tie your knot to one political caucus or another?
The supposition I would like to propose to every moderate middle class silent majority voter, yes, the constituency that represents 35 to 40 percent of the actual participating electorate that show up and place their vote on November 6th, 2012; is this, the reason we have such a fractured Congress today is because independent voters are not allowed to vote in our primaries except for two states in the country.
The primary campaign is the time when both parties select the candidate that best represents their base of their political party. Therefore, the platforms of each party become more divisive making our democracy entrenched in deep rooted malaise of entrenched stalemate without the independent voter’s positions needing to be considered to elect the primary candidate(s) that represent the middle of the moderate row of collaboration. Over 30 years ago when there was not the percentage of independent voters, both parties had to offer more realistic and moderate platforms in which to govern our country. Sure there are those regions that have a proclivity to individual conservative ideals in their social, economic and free market beliefs; while there are other regions with a inclination for protecting worker rights, making sure checks and balances are in place to protect us from the financial sector and taking undue risks, and allowing corporations to totally move their manufacturing sites off shore leaving those regions with the social cost of unemployment , retraining of the displaced worker, the lost of municipal taxes to run their cities, counties and school systems without bearing any social or stakeholder responsibility to the regions they have left.
When we need to come together as a nation more than ever; when we need to make sacrifices economically between all of us; when we need to put to rest the political partisanship, we find our politicians are playing ideology right and wrong debates to their selected special interests. When one party’s minority Senate leader states from day one of the new administration taking office that the only agenda on their parties mind is doing everything possible to keep the President from winning a second term. When will us independent voters finally wake up and realize we need to take more responsibility in which the two major parties elect to challenge for the November election? These attitudes really lend themselves to keeping us split, keeping us from to solving the important issue without breaking the back of the poor, working and middle class of our nation.
The debt is atrocious, it seems whomever we elect to office to represent our desires in expanding our control of the spending without introducing draconian measures that cancel our pledge of 80 years to our middle class is unacceptable to certain political party base ideologue; when balancing the ledger with revenue or strategic cuts to all programs; we witnessed again reactionary policies that make the working and middle class, the impoverished and young children exposed to bear the brunt of these cuts. With amazement we witnessed this past year one party’s willpower just to not do anything if it calls for additional revenue to assist and be a component in bringing down the debt; that anything was defined as tax revenue increases to our most privilege wealthy and successful economic class to incorporate along with cuts to across the board spending policies in order to create close to $4 trillion dollars in cuts. It is examples of these shared sacrifice policies that are held hostage by ideology; politics is the art of compromise not the art of stubbornness. Our now $15 trillion dollar debt has risen over 200 percent since 2001. The administration leaving office along with the bi-partisan Congress that year had left their plan and economic policies intact to pay down a $5 trillion dollar debt during the next ten years and continue to balance our budget every year actually leaving the new administration and legislature of 2001 with a surplus of about $200 billion dollars.
This of course did not happen; the new President along with the same one party House and Senate voted for tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, which the cuts in 2003 needed our treasury to borrow money in the market (China) to cover those tax rebates. In addition, a $700 billion dollar prescription Medicare program was voted for and passed in 2004. A great social program that would assists our elderly to pay for those prescriptions that keep them healthy; the problem though was that the President and the same party Congress made no provisions to off-set those cost through increase revenue, either through changing the payroll FICA requirements that both the worker and employer pay into or through a tax increase to the wealthy Americans who have been able to take full advantage of the deregulations of the economic markets during the previous thirty years.
But, independent voter this was not the only policy that has affected our current $15 trillion dollar debt. We started two wars, and never included them in the budget. Now there is no doubt the first one was important and needed our country’s full force to bring justice to those terrorist who attacked us on 9/11. We though did not finish the job before we deliberately started another war while allowing the brainpower and face of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda, Osama bin-Laden to escape into the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan. We had every right to attack and protect our country’s citizens and show what any terrorist organization would face if they harmed our country, but really when we mobilized to conquer the country of Iraq, we left Afghanistan unintended and created a lie to put boots in the oil region because we were told they had weapons of mass destruction when all the evidence said this was not. Again, this is an example of how important the primary elections have become. With more moderate candidates being offered by both parties instead of the ultra ideologues we may have thought out the long term consequences of running a protracted war. Also, all of this took place because there was only one party in power in Washington, anything their caucus wanted they were permitted to make happen. These two wars over-extended our troops, these two wars were fought without even asking any other Americans along the different socioeconomic sectors except for those wonderful men and women whom we asked to do multiple deployments, a sacrifice we owe a great deal of thanks through future social programs like paid college, vocational training, special job assessment, etc … to make their transition back to civilian life as easily as possible for them and their families.
At about the same time we witnessed the largest chunk of our personal freedom just disappear almost overnight with passage of the Patriot’s Act, though we were cowardly attacked by a rogue terrorist we who actually was the long term winner? We need to have this debate; do we want allow personal liberties and freedoms to just disappear or do we want them back. The fear mongering that has been allowed to square everyone to accept these losses of freedoms could only take place with a same party Congress and Presidency. When one tries to compare another time in our country’s history when such freedoms were suspended I would have you look back to when we rounded up all Japanese-American citizens and immigrants and herded them into concentration camps. So again fear, irrational fear allowed one party to convince our citizens of something that was found to be unjust. So today, American’s could now be wired tapped without judicial review and of course Miranda Rights took a back seat in the name of fighting terrorism. Our Founding Father’s are rolling over in their graves on this law.
Independent middle class voters are left with no say or ability to choose those moderate left or right candidates for the coming November elections. The independent voter is just what the base of both political parties desire when they are running and campaigning for their candidates in the primaries. With only having to appeal to their particular party’s base, we are left the ideologues of the party system to try and select the least worst of the two, instead of selecting the better of the two in the primaries and then having the cream of the crop to choose from in November.
We need to have more collaboration in the political market place. We need to have rational decisions made based on what is best for the whole country, not just the least bad decisions of the ideologue party’s base. Heck we just saw our country’s credit rating this past summer and the stock market drop by more than 2000 points because one party was not in agreement on how to budget our fiscal house and would not compromise their position in the least. People like that do not deserve the privilege of serving our country; I think the Tea Party was enlightened to see how they were played during the 2010 cycle. Just what was that all their bantering about? The parties know you will probably not remember this horrible display of legislating; they of course know most of us will have forgotten since we are dealing with what are the important issue right now, but that display was “the straw that broke the camel’s back” for myself. I knew then that there had to be a way to elect more moderate candidates from both parties.
The independent voter must participate if we wish to expect any resemblance of a functioning government. Sure this means you have to select one party or the other to vote in the primary but you can still call and believe in your independence; you can still have autonomy over your decisions; you will still be who you are an independent voter. I cross political party lines anytime I feel one candidate is better than the next, but I never miss a primary vote, I want the best candidate who will be able to collaborate with the rest of Congress in order for our democracy to work as efficiently as possible.
Voting in the primary may also create the setting for independent voter to take the issues more seriously earlier in the election season. Can you believe that just this past year our State Representatives, State Senators and Governor passed a restriction on letting people vote? No one knew we had an issue but in lieu of working on ways to protect consumer spending by developing programs to put people back to work we passed this very important laws like this. They even made it a crime for teachers or any group who do not follow stringent regulations in signing up people to vote like the two recent school teachers who had always included as a part of their curriculum the registering of their seniors old enough to vote. Again a common denominator is a state government run by the same party in the executive and legislative branches. These same politicians whom are all from one party have made picture identification a requirement to vote as well. There are thousands of elderly voters who do not drive or who have ever had a state I. D. before who now will be locked out of this year’s primaries and elections in November. The right to vote in a democracy should be easy, it should be the easiest and most important civic duties any citizen performs; so the same legislature in our state and about 10-12 other states that are controlled by the same party affiliation as our state government have made early voting and the ability to be eligible to vote harder than it has been since the Jim Crowe days. You can research everywhere in the USA to find fraud and you will find in the 120 million voters that participate the number of cases of election fraud may be 300 occurrences country wide. That’s right, it works out to 0.0000025 % of the electorate commit some kind of fraud and the other 99.9999975% voters do not.
I finally will leave you with this situation; our country cannot develop consumer spending by giving additional tax incentive and breaks to the corporate stakeholders and job creators. They have had the lowest tax base per our GDP ever during the previous 25-30 years and tax breaks do not reboot our economy. What has always rebooted our economy since the days of the New Deal have been the policies that saw government intervening in the market to produce, build and create services for the working and middle class? It was after the cycling of this money in the economy that consumer spending was enthused enough to warrant the private sector to take the risks associated with producing more widgets and goods needed to create more jobs.
Unlike some of us, it is the belief of most our independent voting electorate that our capitalist economy must have razor sharp structures and policies for what is best for everyone in our country. The past 30 years has seen the middle class lose its status as the greatest work force in the world. With the cost of insurance, housing and the use of automobiles our middle class has only seen an increase of 38 to 40% in their wages which was actually a decrease in spending power when the cost of living is factored in while our most wealthiest 1% have seen an increase of 275% in their income.
Our country’s infrastructure has deteriorated and decayed to the tune of an additional $2 trillion dollars needed immediately to make our bridges and over passes safe for over 30% of these structures, we need to build modern school houses and to fill them with dedicated teachers who only want to be treated as professions. Our water supply infrastructure is so porous that we lose enough potable water every year to supply the State of California for the year. Run off and drainage is polluting our estuaries, killing our sensitive bio life that is threatening the cycle of a healthy biosphere. Our sanitary systems are in need of upgrades and we must take the steps to eliminate the use of drain fields that are polluting our ground water supply. Our lack of a modern electric grid system with the capacity to integrate both the outgoing fossil fuels energy generating power but the new renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and geo-thermal needs to be implemented. Climate control is real and does not need to be continuously debated but must be addressed immediately, our grandchildren will be responsible for running managing our socioeconomic and political organizations in less than 50 years. What problems are we leaving them to overcome? Why should they be totally responsible for salvaging our democracy?
Our country must look deep inside their American souls and make the necessary leadership decisions that everyone needs to participate in primary elections. It will be the first step in recovering our national sense of collaboration and cooperation between all the great people of America.
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