It was a sad day in Georgia when Zell Miller decided not to run for re-election in 2004. When it comes to that Senate seat, I’ve been sad ever since.
Johnny Isakson has been involved in Georgia politics since I moved here. First he was the Congressman from Georgia’s 6th district, then he ran for, and won, Miller’s Senate seat.
You’d think that I, a right-of-center independent conservative, might be happy that a Republican was holding that seat rather than a Democrat, and to an extent I suppose that was the lesser of two evils. The problem is, when it comes to doing the right thing for our country, we need the best, not the better of two evils.
One of the biggest problems in Washington today is that fact that it is very difficult to distinguish which candidates are Democrat and which ones are Republican. Once you exam voting records it’s a bit easier to tell them apart, but their similarities are so striking that it really doesn’t even matter anymore which one you select. So why select them at all?
Chuck Donovan, the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate (yes, Isakson’s Senate seat), knows that America is sitting on a ticking time bomb of debt and unlike Isakson he is willing to stand up and help stop the spending, reduce the deficit, fight for our liberty, and make sure that government doesn’t stand in the way of prosperity.
You may think this post sounds a bit like a political ad, but then again, most political ads don’t tell you why you should vote for a candidate, do they?
I’ve lived in Georgia for 13 years and I’ve yet to see any benefit of having Johnny Isakson serving the state of Georgia in Washington, D.C.. Whether it’s an issue of personal liberty, illegal immigration, or the federal deficit, I’ve yet to be impressed with his voting record.
Some people will scoff that I said that, but you are not making a stand “against” legislation if you help draft that legislation but then vote against it because of pressure at the last minute. It just doesn’t work that way. You can’t help but dribble a bit when you’re speaking out of both sides of your mouth.
During this election cycle, and most of them before this one, my Republican friends tell me that we need to vote for the Republicans to “get the Democrats out of power”, and that’s all nice and dandy, but what happens to our country in the meantime?
Shouldn’t we vote for people who will actually change our country for the better? Shouldn’t we be sending good people to Washington who can actually do the difficult job ahead of them? Shouldn’t we, as citizens of this great nation, be doing our part to make sure the bad guys go home?