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How Appropro?

October 15, 2015
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

As the political season is in full scream, Palo Alto County's reputation of being a predictor of political sentiment has continued to precede us. Even though the Presidential elections aren't for another 12 and a half months, we've already been honored (or cursed, however you feel) to have hosted a pair of Presidential hopefuls in the past week, Rick Santorum and Governor Bobby Jindahl. Both men met with members of the community, gave their pitches, and moved on.

Undoubtedly, between now and next November, we'll see more faces of those who will promise to make the world a better place in exchange for a vote for them as President at the polls. Unfortunately, that's most often what occurs in politics - promises made, promises broken, and a long, long discussion on whose fault it is that the promises weren't able to be kept.

Usually, the leader who can't deliver blames the Congress for partisanship bickering, which equates to young children squabbling on the playground. "I saw it first! - No, I did!"

Or, if it isn't the fault of partisanship, then's its the blame game - "The other party won't listen to me, or work with me."

As the causus and primary season grows closer and closer the rhetoric of our little constellation of candidates becomes more and more divisive and toxic. The sad part of all of this is that no matter the candidate, each one has their faults and attributes, and they all continue to make promises that anyone with true common sense can tell will never be able to be kept.

With this ongoing cycle of promise this, promise that, there is a growing number of voters who are beginning to simply wish the election would be over with before it even begins. Perhaps I'm speaking for myself, but there are a lot of folks out there who, like me, are just plain tired of the same old games, the same old excuses, and just generally being ignored by the lawmakers at the federal level. A term that keeps coming to mind is "voter apathy" - meaning a voter has had enough and just doesn't care anymore.

That in itself is a sad thing, when you consider that our right to vote or not to vote is a matter of personal choice, but that choice was paid for a long time ago, and maintained over time with the sacrifices of countless husbands,, wives, fathers and mothers, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, daughters and sons who donned a uniform and swore an oath to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States of America.

It's for that reason that we must continue to care about our political process, no matter how annoying the braying or trumpeting of the respective parties. There are genuine issues to be addressed that affect every citizen of this nation. Our country has a storied history of coming together in difficult times to achieve a common goal. Today, the ongoing conflicts in the world are troubling enough, and then to have our lawmakers continually attacking each other verbally, day in and day out does little to instill faith and trust in a government that was established so long ago of the people, for the people, by the people.



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