Our country is in a tough situation. The major political parties, both Democrats and Republicans, have let us down.
The approval rating of congress is at about 10%, or conversely, their disapproval rating is at 90%. This is well deserved.
Both parties are more interested in power than in serving the people.
In his remarkable farewell address on leaving the presidency, George Washington warned us of the results of party politics.
Do you think his prediction has come true?
Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party, generally.
This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.
The legislative branch of government is the first branch, so recognized in the U. S. Constitution. This is because most of the power resides in this branch. The executive department (the president) is charged with carrying out the wishes of the congress.
The executive may propose programs, wars or whatever – but only congress has the authority to authorize and to fund them.
This is where the dangers of party are at their worst. Whenever we have an executive and a congressional majority of one party, be it George Bush and the Republican congress of 2000-2006, or Barack Obama and the Democratic congress that will be seated when he takes office, an imbalance of power causes abuses.
Until the people, in whom the ultimate power resides, stand up and put a stop to this nonsense, it will continue.
In the 4th District we have a unique opportunity to make a difference. In the general election on December 6th, we have not only a Democrat and a Republican running, but two Independents.
In our opinion, Gerard Bowen, Jr. would represent the people of the 4th District well. Go to his website, read about Gerard and his background, study what he says on the issues, and consider voting outside the (party) box.
Until we vote for true change, there will be no change.
Vote for Gerard Bowen on December 6th (changed from November 4th due to Hurricane Ike).
Please take 2 minutes and listen to Gerard.