YE-HA! Giddy-up! On the Campaign Trail!

English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting

English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As some of you may know it is preliminary voting season where we weed out the contenders from those who don’t stand a CHANCE against the rest of the competition. Normally I don’t LIKE getting involved with politics. I usually don’t want to talk about it unless there’s a good 10 foot POLE separating ME from IT. But this is a rather important thing to discuss, not so much the preliminary themselves but the candidates on the ballots.

Now this will be a reminder to some but to others this might be the wake-up call you need. I know it can FEEL overwhelming looking at all those names on the ballot. Some of the candidates on the ballot you will have seen, most likely, commercials for others you won’t have a CLUE as to WHO they are much less what views they have or what agenda they have.

When it comes right down to politics – I wish we could just STRIP the labels away. Labels like “I’m a Republican!” and “I’m a Democrat” or “I’m a Liberal!” I don’t care WHO or WHAT you are so long as you have the best intentions at heart for the people, your country, how you can best SERVE your country because you are the public servants and employees hired by US, the PEOPLE. And we can fire you if we don’t like the job you’re doing and find someone who CAN and is WORTHY of your place.

The ballots and other voting documents mailed ...

The ballots and other voting documents mailed to each citizen of Berne for the elections and referendums of 30 November 2008. (Click for description) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So as I was looking over my ballot, I noticed there were a BUTTLOAD of names for certain ones and less for others. When you don’t know half the people running for the office though, it doesn’t help you make a very well INFORMED decision. If you have a computer (because obviously you’ll be reading this some how) do the research on the candidates yourself (especially if you don’t receive a voters pamphlet). I know it will be tedious and time-consuming but it’s what I do when I have nothing else. I rather know I am making an INFORMED decision than a half-baked one.

Even if you have a local newspaper that puts out THEIR opinions of certain candidates, BE – IN-FORMED (yes I did that intentionally) and formulate your OWN opinions. Don’t just GO with the flow and follow everyone else. That’s NOT thinking for yourself. You have a brain, it’s yours and yours alone (unless  you donate it to Science after you die or are an Organ Donor, blah, blah – wise guy) use it!

voting day in a small town

voting day in a small town (Photo credit: Muffet)

I know some might be asking, “Well, who are YOU voting for?” uh – what did I just say? And to half-answer that, I voted for who I felt sounded fair, reasonable, like they’d understand how our system works, could ACTUALLY get stuff done and it doesn’t hurt if they had a military background and are a small business owner or have BEEN a business owner in general. That’s all I’ll say on that, aside from the fact that I used my intuition a bit to also give me hints about candidates energy.

Also, candidates, if you are SERIOUS and want to be a contender! Make your info easier to find ONLINE. Computers and the internet are your FRIEND. Hire someone to help you make a webpage to promote yourself or something! There are resources out there. It looks bad if people see your name on a preliminary but have no idea WHO you are much less what you are ABOUT and what you STAND for. Just a suggestion.

In conclusion, think for yourselves, do your homework and may the best candidates make it to the final ballot. I will include a couple links to candidates I felt it difficult to find info for.

Candidates

Candidates (Photo credit: Martin Cathrae)

Thank you for reading, I hope it helped some of you still trying to decide.

~Love, light, blessings and more – Namaste~

Candidate Sites/Info:

Doug Cloud (Just a convenience one)

Stephan Andrew Brodhead

Eric G. Arentz Jr. (only place I could find decent info for this guy)

Art Coday (not too hard – but for your convenience)

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