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By Darrel Russon


Once again we approach election time. We will be selecting a president and persons to represent our state in congress.

As usual it comes down to a contest between the Republicans and Democrats. The Republicans and Democrats, the "republicrats" have controlled the federal government for at least a century. Regardless of the rhetoric that flows freely at election time and regardless of which variety of republicrat finally gains control of the White House and the legislature, there is one thing we can always count on: Increasing centralized federal power and the eroding of state and local jurisdiction. We can count on continued insane deficit spending and ever more of our living being be consumed to fuel this monstrous federal leviathan.

Someone has likened them to salsa. You can get hot salsa or you can get it in the mild variety but it is still salsa. Actions speak louder than words and we can readily observe that the only real difference between the two varieties of republicrat is how aggressively they move us toward big central government. The Obama administration has burdened us with his health care monstrosity, for example. The Bush administration before him came up with "No child left behind", an outrageous federal usurpation of state and local control of our public schools.

The problem is that the republicrats refuse to abide by the rules. In their hands, the rule book, our divinely inspired constitution, has been effectively ripped to shreds. Practically everything that comes out of Washington D.C. nowadays is unconstitutional. Certainly there are individuals amongst the republicrats who are true constitutionalists, but the overall momentum is toward a centralized, socialistic all-powerful state.

It has also been said that one sign of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome. We become fed up with the current party in control and so at election time we determine to "throw the rascals out". But who do we replace them with? We replace them with the same party we threw out a few years previously because we were sick of them too. At close range we think we making a change, but stepping back and looking at the bigger picture we find that we are just doing the same old thing that has been going on for a lifetime. We are not really doing anything different.

If we are going break out of this destructive cycle we have got to look outside the Republican and Democratic parties. There are good solid alternatives out there. There is the Constitution party and as their name implies, their platform is sticking to the principles in the Constitution and The Declaration of Independence. Look at their platform and judge for yourself. I read through it and it is like a breath of fresh air. It is not liberal, it is not conservative, it is constitutional.

Take a moment to look at the Libertarian presidential candidate, Gary Johnson. He is a strong advocate of getting government out of our face and out of our pocketbook.

When asked who I'm voting for and I tell them the non-republicrat alternative I have chosen, I might get a response like: "Oh - so you are throwing away your vote". I'm not throwing away my vote; I'm voting for the candidate who I believe would best uphold our constitution, the rights and freedoms flowing from it. Is it not the persons who election after election vote the lesser of two evils who are throwing away their vote?

If we would all look at all the candidates and vote for the ones we each think are best, if we were to stop trying use our vote in a strategy to keep someone out of office, perhaps we could break the grip of the republicrats.

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