Get Ready to Vote

I’m sure I’m not the only one you’ll hear saying this, but in a few days when the election comes: GET OUT THERE AND VOTE.

Don’t forget that in many places you’re not just voting for the President – you’re also probably voting for one or more senators or representatives. And those votes are just as important – if not more so, actually.

Let’s not forget that the ultimate legislative power of this government lies with Congress – not the President.

Concerned about the war? Although the President is technically the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, it was Congress that approved the President’s plans and gave him the funding. (And it always is – only Congress can actually “declare” war.)

Concerned about the economy? Although the President gets to appoint and nominate a lot of people to positions such as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, his nominations must be approved by the Senate.

Concerned about education? Although the President can suggest solutions and try to “push” his suggestions, the ultimate decision is made and voted upon by Congress.

Concerned about health care? Whatever you think should be done about the health care system in this country, it’s Congress that will do it.

So get out there and vote. And if you really want to see some “change,” might I suggest a vote for the Libertarian candidate Bob Barr instead? I’m sure there are Libertarian candidates running in your area for the Senate or House of Representatives as well – give them your vote if you really want to see change. But, whomever you decide to vote for… just please, please do vote.

Bob Barr – Possible Libertarian Presidential Candidate?

If you’ve been a reader of my blog for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed I lean rather heavily towards the libertarian end of the political spectrum (not really a spectrum, per se, more of a 2-D grid, but I digress…). So it should come as no surprise to you that I was quite happy this morning when I stumbled upon the blog (yes, blog) of recent presidential hopeful Bob Bar, who is trying out for the Libertarian party. (As an aside, his blog runs WordPress and has comments enabled – a rare thing for a candidate!)

I guess I just can’t help myself – I get really happy when I read things like this:

“I want to end the artificial control of the economy and end burdensome taxation; take a hard look at cutting cabinet positions; reduce the cost of the occupation of Iraq by beginning the process of removing the security blanket from the Iraqi regime . . . return respect for habeas corpus; reinstate the rule of law; stop the warrantless surveillance of American citizens; and remedy the abuses of the Patriot Act. . . .”

If you’ve felt at all disillusioned with the existing two parties recently, try spreading the word about the Libertarian party. Encourage people to stop “voting for the lesser of two evils” and actually cast a vote that means something and that might actually change things, instead of just keeping the status quo around here. And even if (like me) you vote Libertarian just on principle, remember – a principled vote is never a wasted vote.

Political candidates from the two main parties often go on about how “it’s time for a change” and then they like to tell you how they’re going to do it – but really, the candidates don’t have the power to change anything. We the people are the ones with the power to change things. We the people are the ones who can take a stand against corruption and abuse and all the things that are wrong with our government today. So c’mon people – let’s make a change. Vote Libertarian!