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I for Integrity

As it is becoming more and more painfully obvious that those we’ve elected have betrayed us, we must find the strength of conviction to set aside our partisan tendencies to believe those we want to believe and instead think for ourselves and demand from each and every one of them a strength of conviction, the courage to stand alone if need be and do what is right.

Those who falsely hide behind the R of Righteousness and those who hide behind the D of Defender of the common man, only to prey on our society for their own gain, must be replaced by those of true Integrity, by those whose only motivation is to serve the country. Country before party, country before narrow ideology, country before self. They do exist and more of them will step to the fore with the winds of change...all we have to do is encourage them by voting for the independent thinker at every opportunity.

We are as much to blame as the politicians for the unfortunate state of our country, of our society. Where once we were trusted and looked upon as a country to follow, as a country whose government and citizens prized above all else the betterment of all, we are now seen as a country of pariahs, as a country with no integrity, as a country swayed by political winds at the expense of mankind.

If our elected officials will not have the courage and conviction to change their ways, will at least the voters of this country come November have the strength to look hard and strong in the mirror of self-examination, of realization that they do what they do at our bidding and that we now bid adeau.

There is still time, still an opportunity to vote not for a candidate who claims to stand for your prized issue at the expense of overall good but to vote for candidates who will in your stead examine every issue on balance. Do you have the courage to vote for independents, knowing that you could be "wasting" your vote and risking giving an election to the "enemy?" We all fear that, and it is that fear that's kept us from exercising our true power and reforming this political nightmare. But remember this, while the Republicans try to rally their base and Democrats will do likewise, if we independents all vote for independents, the others can rally all they want in futility because there are more of us than either of them alone. That would send a message for sure, but wouldn't it send an even stronger message if their bases did turn out but voted for independents as well?

Is it more important to you that your side wins and that, therefore, your handful of favorite issues might prevail or is it more important to you that this country is set once again on a path of intellectual reason over almighty dollar? There is no time like the present to start to turn this around. I for one plan to vote for every independent I can come November. Maybe I'll be wasting my vote, but I'll sleep well knowing I didn't encourage a process where he who has the most to spend wins. I'll know that if my underfunded candidate wins, that person will not have been bought by special interest. I encourage every one who reads this to do the same, cast a vote for Integrity, for Independent thought and Independent political power.

Posted by Zeb Pike at October 3, 2006 11:55 AM
Comments
Comment #185898

Amen, brother.

Posted by: Trent at October 3, 2006 12:47 PM
Comment #185916

Zeb Pike,

Excellent message. Well said.

Posted by: Andre M. Hernandez at October 3, 2006 1:55 PM
Comment #185919

“Is it more important to you that your side wins and that, therefore, your handful of favorite issues might prevail or is it more important to you that this country is set once again on a path of intellectual reason over almighty dollar?”

My side is integrity. Unfortunately, I can’t get it with Republicans in power. Therefore, I will vote for Democrats.

This does not mean that I believe all Democrats have integrity. Far from it. However, Democrats are more concerned with ordinary people than Republicans are. Also, they would be new to power and it would take them some time to be as corrupted as the Republicans are today.

Merely because a candidate is an Independent does not mean he has integrity. And if your vote for an independent keeps the corrupted Republicans in power, you are voting against integrity.

Posted by: Paul Siegel at October 3, 2006 2:15 PM
Comment #185923

Paul, Democrats are already in power, just not as much as Republicans; and while I tend to side on issues more closely with Dems, I do not trust them any more than Republicans. I think they’re a little less corruptable but also less able to make the hard decisions necessary to govern.

True, there’s no promise or guarantee that an indie is above corruption; but if they’re willing to spend their own money in an election they can’t win, thus throwing it away, I think shows they’re motivated by the right reasons and not money. Yeah, I’m an idealist but it’s time for higher ideals. So vote I for Ideal then.

Posted by: Zebster at October 3, 2006 2:47 PM
Comment #185989

Confucius:
To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.

Is this even possible???

Posted by: Jeff S at October 3, 2006 8:10 PM
Comment #186029

Zeb wrote: “There is no time like the present to start to turn this around. I for one plan to vote for every independent I can come November. Maybe I’ll be wasting my vote, but I’ll sleep well knowing I didn’t encourage a process where he who has the most to spend wins.”

You reflect much of my own convictions in this statement. Well said.

Posted by: David R. Remer at October 3, 2006 9:50 PM
Comment #186077

Paul Siegel said ” My side is integrity”.
Then why are you going to vote Democrat?
My side is integrity too. That’s why I’m not voting for either major party.

The problem is most folks think their party is the only one that has integrity. The sad fact is neither party has any. That’s why our Government has been for sale for the last 50 years.

Posted by: Ron Brown at October 3, 2006 11:57 PM
Comment #186162

I like your message Zeb, spot on. The D and R parties are in a standoff. There are many decent, honest, politicians out there, but they are a minority on both sides. If the good ones were ascendant, compromise might be possible, but as it stands, neither side can afford to drop the scorched earth/politics 24/7 in all things, policy. They fear the other side will not reciprocate and cooperate - they are probably correct..

Posted by: Seminole 6 at October 4, 2006 12:36 PM
Comment #186996

I’d like to call attention to comments made by Bill Moyer’s guest on this week’s show. A 37 year veteran of Washington and student of Congress, he indicated that there’s always been a level of corruption, but in recent years, “…this is something different.” It is “out in open, over the top.” He also observed that power is openly focussed on destroying the opposition’s ability to gain power, slanting the playing field. Our own former rep, Lee Hamilton, has commented on the extreme partisanship that Delay endorsed and the loss of longstanding traditions in the House—of respect for the opposition and the understanding that governance of a diverse nation must be based on compromise. For this election, I will vote Democratic, as I think this is only thing that stands a chance of up-ending the Republican stranglehold on power. Their brand of politics, quite apart from the issues, is not democracy.

Posted by: Suzette Wright at October 8, 2006 1:07 PM
Comment #187107

Suzette - Moyers is the epitome of partisanship and well knows that politics, as practiced by Democrats, is the reason we now have Republican control. Partisanship was not invented by Republicans - but partisanship, by both parties, has supplanted all other considerations. Voting for a Democrat will only change the players, IMO.

Posted by: Seminole 6 at October 9, 2006 10:35 AM
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