Article in Log Trucker Magazine October 2006 issue, page 2, "From the Stump" column written by publisher Michael P. Crouse
Mid-term elections are notorious for low voter turnouts because they generally fail to capture the public's imagination, but this year the media is yet again salivating at the thought there may be a return of their... whoops, forgot how unbiased the media is so strike that... the return of the Democrats to power in the House of Representatives. While we can be thankful this isn't a slam dunk certainty there is a potential, and it's a potential that would be greatly enhanced should voter turnouts be low. There are a few reasons for this.
First and foremost, the media has spun their very best in support of their party, the Democrats. Now granted, the Republicans are some of the very worst publicists on the planet, seemingly unable to convey the plan, or actively engage in the debate when they're being criticized, for the most part hoping it will just go away. No explanation means people's imagination, fueled by the opposition, is allowed to wander and exaggerate beyond all reason. Not the best way to approach a problem or have your direction understood.
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Four key points from the article, that I strongly support!
1.) Not voting, not participating, not communicating, is not the means to a positive change. It is a means to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), amongst other disasters such as Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY).
2.) Make it your personal mission to be certain everyone you know, work with, deal with, and are acquainted with, registers and votes in the coming election. Vote as if both your and their future depends on it... for it truly does.
3.) When you lose your youngsters, you've lost much of your area's future viability. It is more subtle then assaulting an area's economy, but the end result is the same: reduced opportunity, losing your youth, losing the innovation and lifeblood of the youth, and leaving but a shell of a community in its place.
4.) Urbanites selecting laws with unintended consequences for people living in rural America. Because of the federal timber laws, Reedsport has no lumber mill and no paper mill and NO JOBS! So you can visit Reedsport, but not live there.
I have hard time knowing (selecting) which way to vote on I-933 to get less government control. Was that for I-933 or Against I-933. The Hearld had a good article on Wednesday October 4th in the Opinion section about I-933 not being good legislation. So I-933 as written should be thrown out and voted no against I-933.
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I enjoyed the last couple paragraphs in the article.
When you vote, and please make a point of voting in November, remember the many unintended consequences thrust on rural America by the politically righteous whose sense of social outrage is so vastly hampered by terminal social myopia. Their unintended consequences, which we have witnessed the past few decades, have resulted in a social, economic, and ecological change that has benefited precious few outside the legal community, and been directly responsible for changing lives, and our standard of living. Every time I hear some of the socially "elite" spout off over their social "compassion" I think back to the thousands of acres orf burned, wasted, and rotting timber, the communities void of youth, and the difficult time one has in finding employees of any sort in rural America.Posted by FastVoteFred at October 05, 2006 10:39 PM | Email This