By Theresa Camoriano
Invariably, when you discuss politics and the frustrations with politicians, somebody will say that it doesn’t really matter how you vote or what you do, because all politicians are the same. Really?
So Ronald Reagan was the same as Jimmy Carter? Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, who is bringing the state into fiscal sanity is the same as his predecessor who ran up the red ink? John Yarmuth, who never saw a government expenditure he didn’t like, is the same as fiscally conservative legislators? Obviously, that is nonsense.
While no politician (or person) is perfect, it definitely makes a difference which ones we elect. Saying that they are all the same is a cop-out. It is a way to justify a failure to meet our responsibility as citizens.
We need to identify and support good candidates, and then we have to remain vigilant and continue to communicate with our elected representatives to let them know that we will hold them accountable.
Anyone who just complains about the problems without taking action to effect positive change is a part of the problem.
This country was not made for sheep. It was made for citizens who inform themselves and take action. Sitting around complaining and expecting somebody else to solve our problems is not good citizenship. In fact, it is exactly what has put us into our current mess, with two classes of citizens — the rulers and the ruled.
So please, take your responsibility of citizenship seriously. Learn about economics. Learn about our country’s history. Learn about current issues. Our Louisville 912 group is a good resource for people who want to educate themselves and become better citizens.
With a good understanding of economics, history, and the issues, you will then be prepared to know how to seek out good candidates whom you can support, not only to get them elected but also when they have to make tough decisions. Every one of us has an important role to play in making this country the land of opportunity for future generations. Please take your role seriously and do your part.
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