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Anti-Incumbent “Fever”

Posted by Anthony on June 11, 2010

It arrives every couple election cycles. The dominant party gets cocky, pisses money away, and expects taxpayers to pay the bill. The other party hammers this point 24/7, and they move in. Then they piss money away, laugh at fiscal responsibility, and the other party seizes the momentum. It is anti-incumbent fever. Popularized by the increasingly popular TEA Party movement, anti-incumbent fever is the antidote to phony, out of reality politicians.

Or is it? It’s well known that yes, the American people have a strong dislike for big government. Obama is faring better, but the Hopium Craze of 2007-2009 is clearly over. But with other polls, half of America don’t care if a politician is an incumbent or not. Is this hype from grass roots efforts? Possibly. Kicking out incumbents is nothing new-certainly not worthy of all the media hype.

It must be said, however, that the status quo in Congress is worse than ever. Partisanship is more menacing than ever. The politicians are soaking in money from lobbyists for votes. The Republicans offer solutions, the Democrats shut them out. The people are pissed off. What you may not hear from Fox News is that Republican incumbents are 4% less favorable than Democrat incumbents. What are we to do?

Do not vote for any particular party. Reject “party loyalty”, whatever the hell that is. Disregard the little “D” or “R” or “I” at the end of a candidate’s name. Vote on what they will do, not what they “promise” to do. We’ve seen plenty of empty promises in the last two presidents alone to fill a goddamn landfill. Vote for the right guy and support him throughout the election. Spread the word, and spread it a lot because you know the big guys in the R and D departments have millions on top of their millions. Ignore your voting record; treat every candidate from a centrist view. Only when we acknowledge the deceit of politics, can we move forward with solutions. Weeding out the liars and frauds every election is a pain in the ass, and even then there will still be some clowns in suits taking your money.

But who said it would be easy?

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2 Responses to “Anti-Incumbent “Fever””

  1. papundits said

    Great article!

    I particularly like your instruction to voters:
    “Vote on what they will do, not what they “promise” to do.” and I would add, if it’s an incumbent, vote on what they Have done!

    That’s all a voter has to know. He or She doesn’t have to listen to one second of TV election ads, or the LeftMedia’s hype for their favorite candidate (the one that gives the media a tingle up their leg).

    What a fantastic time saver!

    But sadly it seems most voters will reward the worst Pols with re-election.
    I never understood why.

    Keep up the good work!
    —ed

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