You’ve heard it said, “This election is important . . . perhaps the most important in our lifetimes.” Is that just hype, or is it true? Here are some questions that might help answer that.
Are you OK with a president who ignores his oath to faithfully execute the laws?
How about picking and choosing which laws to implement? For example, enforcing parts of the Affordable Care Act that put taxes in the Treasury; but exempting favored groups from enrollment deadlines and certain rules in the same law.
How about Fast and Furious – the scheme that put guns in the hands of criminals? How about reneging on U.S. promises to place defensive missile systems in Europe to deter potential attack? How about refusing to allow U.S. companies to go after oil and gas reserves that would make us self-sufficient in energy?
How about using the IRS to harass and intimidate conservative groups? How about leaving four Americans to die in Benghazi without trying to save them? How about trading five hard-core jihadi leaders for one apparent deserter? How about using executive orders when he can’t get Congress to go along with what he wants?
The president is not up for election. Congress is. Are you OK with a Congress that will not hold the president accountable for such behavior? Or a Congress that passes laws they haven’t read and ordinary people can’t understand?
Here in California, are you happy with a Legislature dictating what our children are taught? Or opening school bathrooms to whatever sex a student thinks he or she is? Or refusing to enforce or defend state law on traditional marriage? Harboring illegal immigrants? How about laws and taxes that are driving companies – and the jobs they provide – to other states and countries?
Now if you’re OK with how government is running things, or you always vote the party line, nothing will change. We’ll continue to sink into the slavery of communism.
But if you’re worried or angry with the direction our nation and our state are going, then this is an important election. If you believe that we’re heading for disaster – financially or morally, or both – then this is the most important election!
Ignore party or candidates’ mailers and ads – those are just what they want you to see. You’ll need to compare candidates’ campaign promises and their records, to see if they do what they say. You’ll need to evaluate ballot measures from a perspective of common sense and morality. If you have a computer, all of this information is available online. Take the time to find it.
If you’d like to get a better understanding of what’s at stake, attend a local tea party or taxpayer group meeting.
If you believe that this election is important, do the work to get it right. Your neighbors and your children are depending on you.
John Takeuchi is a Fairfield resident and serves as president of the Central Solano Citizen-Taxpayer Group. Reach him by email at John Takeuchi firstname.lastname@example.org.