Approval Vs Incumbency and
hovering around a 10% approval rate, yet
has a nearly a 90% re-election rate for incumbents. It is quite logical
conclude that the skill set it takes to get the job is not the same
it takes to do the job. What is effective strategy to get elected? What
effective strategy to be a good Congressman?
is considered common knowledge in politics that negative
campaigning works. That is to say, speaking in a derogatory manner of
effectively sways voters to the other alternative. I believe in
Answering for one’s own actions should certainly be part of gaining the
trust. The problem arises when there is absolutely no compulsion for
political advertising. The FEC (Federal Election Commission) Law
229 pages long. In all these regulations there is not one single rule
regulation requiring a candidate to tell the truth nor a single
punishing or sanctioning a candidate who lies about another candidate.
course, those seasoned in politics are well aware of this. A political
truth until proven otherwise.
fathers knew the dangers of this philosophy.
The Fifth Amendment to The Constitution mandates all Americans rate
due process of law. While this Amendment refers to criminal law, it
establishes the American principle of presumed innocence. The burden of
is on the accuser. Without this, our Nation would still have the legal
of the Salem Witch Trials. If accused, you are a witch unless you prove
The Ninth Amendment
of the Bill of Rights directs, “The
enumeration in the Constitution, of
certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others
the people.” Congressional members swear an oath to uphold this.
Congressional oaths are not legally binding. When private citizens do
the truth to Congress, such as the Roger Clemens case, they are tried
perjury and jailed. When Congressional members lie to private citizens,
equivocate it as Free speech. How could this double standard occur?
writes the laws governing their own conduct. That is how.
are many examples of this. Congressional members
allowed themselves to “inside trade” until this was discovered by the
people this year. Congressional members watched their constituents go
for the very practice many of them were engaged in. The 112th
Congress (the current session) passed a resolution to begin the session
the reading of The Constitution.
Multiple members of Congress refused to attend, claiming that The Constitution offended them. All
members had just sworn an oath to support and defend The
are comfortable with a degree of dishonesty
from their Congressional Representative. These voters have accepted
Washington was dishonest as a whole and it took a degree of dishonesty
succeed there. I reject this ideology. Our Representatives should be
among us, not the worst of us. If you put dirty oil and dirty fuel in
engine, its performance degrades and eventually it becomes so polluted,
stops completely. Are these values consistent with what Washington DC
your Congressman, I will confront dishonesty wherever I
find it. I’m not a career politician. I have made no deals to get where
I am. I
did not arrive in this Congressional race from the traditional
avenues. Rather, I am a retired Marine. I have spent my life in service
Nation, living a life of honor and integrity.
will not change me. I will change Washington.