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The people’s term limit program.

October 12, 2017

Should you vote just to change the landscape?

That’s a question being asked in small town cafes and big city offices, and not just about national offices, as the 2018 election moves ever closer.

One morning coffee group went over the candidates for city offices, including the mayor, asking first and foremost, how long the incumbent had been in office.

Respectfully folks, there’s a little more to it than that.

First, what is it you want out of your government?  Next, is the incumbent on that same page?

If so, have they had ample time to accomplish at least some of their campaign promises?  If not, will changing the nameplate on any of the desks assist in effecting change?

Then, is there credible competition, and what is the nature of the people backing that person? Stump speeches don’t mean a lot if the candidate’s cheering section has a track record of being for or doing something completely different.

The classic case of a politician not being exactly what people thought they were voting for was Barack Obama. That’s not all on him, although he was a very accomplished campaign speaker. The signs were there if you looked closely enough, but people got caught up in the symbolism of electing a black President.

If there is any place where you should be color-and gender blind, it’s in an election.

Which, as all things inevitably must in this political climate, brings us to the national stage.

Both parties are having a bit of an identity crisis, leading a lot of voters to wonder if either still represents them.

Some Democrats have gone so far left that you wonder if they might themselves be European Union, Russian or Cuban plants.

On the other side, you have what is being called the far right Bannon faction, which seems to be competing for the title of most puritanical political faction.

It’s tempting to look for the independent just because they are different, or at the other end of the spectrum, the well-known and “safe” incumbent.

Instead, try a little DIY research on your own. It’s not as hard as you might think.

If the person is an established politician, check out their voting record. If the contender is a newbie, check their public profile. What were they saying on Twitter or Facebook etc. before they decided to run for office? If they are in business, what is the reputation of that business?

You are looking for credibility as well as party affiliation.  One way to view it is, would you loan that person $1,000 based solely on their verbal promise to repay it?

It isn’t too soon to start. The first scheduled primary for a national office is February 20, in Wisconsin.

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