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There is a saying that originated in the southeastern portion of the United States that explains why this country is in decline: “I’d vote for a yellow dog if he (or she) was a Democrat.” The meaning is quite simple; no Republican is going to get my vote. No way. No how!
As the Democratic Party began moving left, away from the principles that were embraced by religious conservatives in the South, a blue dog coalition of more moderate Democrats was formed. Although this group of lawmakers has attempted to show independence from its liberal leaders, the blue dogs essentially have been swimming upstream.
Unfortunately, Democrats don’t have a monopoly on the “yellow dog” intractable kind of voter. If the truth be known, most voters have never read their party’s platform or know the issues that define it. They blindly adopt the party label of their parents or have accepted a slogan or sound bite as absolute truth.
I was born into such a family. When I first became aware of the electoral process I was told, “We are Democrats because Democrats are for the working class, while Republicans are not.” Wow! Who could be against working people? Why would anyone vote Republican?
Later, as I began to read and understand the issues, I learned that Democrats were being elected because they took money from working people and gave it to people who were content not to work at all. While most people believe in giving those who are down and out a hand up, few believe in handouts without accountability. Over the years, I observed the welfare state increased in parallel with my tax bill. This was not at all fair to the working class. I must be a Republican.
Unfortunately, while Republicans spend a lot of time talking about personal responsibility and cutting our bloated government down to size, I soon learned that they are reluctant to change the status quo. As a result, our government has grown, and grown and GROWN! Taxes, which have become overly burdensome for working Americans, are no longer enough to keep up with our lawmakers’ penchant for spending money. As a result, our national debt has reached an alarming rate, and we are borrowing from countries whose governments are incompatible with our ideals of “liberty and justice for all.”
What’s a concerned citizen to do?
Gore Vidal once said, “It makes no difference who you vote for. The two parties are really one party representing 4 percent of the people.”
Who are those 4 percent? They are the fat cats. The high rollers who bankroll legislators in both parties who, in turn, vote to give them grants (money), tax breaks and other perks at the expense of the working class.
Bottom line: Neither party is a friend to the hard-working taxpayers of America.
Our tax system is broken. Our government is broken.
This is not a result of some secret conspiracy. It is not the fault of big business. It is the fault of yellow dog voters in both political parties who blindly elect and re-elect lawmakers with little or no knowledge of what they really stand for or what they do once in office.
This has to stop! Vow to take the “No yellow dog” pledge.
First, make a list of the three issues that are most important to you. If you want to stay married to a political party and that party is not on board with these issues, begin working within your party to change it. It’s not as hard as you think. Show up at the next party meeting. Begin at the local level. Offer to set up chairs or something. It won’t be long before you will be given a real job and a chance to have your views heard.
Then, vow to vote in the next primary election to select your party’s candidates, which will face off against the other party’s candidates in the general election to follow. The primary is the key to good government. Also, fewer people vote in the primary, so your one vote has more clout. Vote for the candidates who are more closely alined with your issues.
This is the key: In the general election do the same thing but don’t look at the party label. Vote for the candidates who are more closely alined with your values and your issues. Yes, keep working within your own party to change it for the better, but when the general election rolls around, all bets are off.
Remember: When we have two good, principled candidates – one in each party – running against each other, we all win.
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