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Note to Gov. Schwarzenegger: Freedom and liberty means not filling seats

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Acting much like the town crier of years past, California’s Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger warned the Republican Party of voters not registering Republican or leaving it when he said, In movie terms, we are dying at the box office. We are not filling the seats,"


They are doing so because these smart voters do not like being ignored.  They are fiercely independent and are moderates.  The GOP blew it big time by catering solely to their conservative base as well as the Evangelical base.  Also the GOP allowed for the takeover of their party by a group of people called the Neo-Conservatives. What a frightening bunch they are.  They are the ones responsible for getting us into this mess known as the Iraq War.


Republicans by and large are for smaller government and fiscal conservatism.  By allowing this group to co-opt their party everything they believed in as a group went out the window.


For those of you who wish to fully understand the deceptive nature of these Neo-Conservatives, you only have to delve into Ron Paul’s speech called, “Neoconned” It is simply breathtaking.  But, he rightfully points out “true believers in limited government are now shunned and laughed at. At the very least, they are ignored—except when they are used by the new leaders of the right, the new conservatives now in charge of the U.S. government.” In fact, look at the way the GOP has been treating Ron Paul as case proven.  In fact the chair of the Michigan GOP, Saul Anuzis tried to keep him out of one of their presidential debates.  What nerve!


Out of all of the Republican presidential candidates, Ron Paul is the only one in my opinion that is making any sense.  I get his newsletter every week and marvel at his prose and wisdom.


Another fine point brought out by Ron Paul is that, “Power, politics and privilege prevail over the rule of law, liberty, justice and peace.” How apropos given our last seven or so years.


When Schwarzenegger said, “Independent voters could outnumber Republicans and Democrats in 20 years,” All this independent writer has to add to that is, hallelujah!  I have often heard Lou Dobbs state on his show that both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party are “two wings on the same bird” I would have to agree with that since a great majority in both houses of Congress coming from opposite sides of the political aisle all but obliterated our civil liberties in the past seven years by voting for both Patriot Acts.  Most of them in both parties voted for the Iraq Resolution knowing full well that the Bush administration was full of crap.


Schwarzenegger also stated, “Our party has lost the middle and we will not regain true political power in California until we get it back," My message to those who decided to leave is let them sink.  I am beginning to think that the people’s voice no longer counts when it comes to belonging to any party. 


Note to our esteemed politicians, I now throw out your form letters that mean to say something without saying anything.


I was once a Republican up until they decided to go after former Pres. Bill Clinton and impeach him thereby derailing the people’s business and in doing so, to hell with our national security.  I then switched to the Democratic Party and gave that party a chance up until recently when many within it backed the failed immigration bill twice.  It was then I said forget about being a member of any party.


It seems that no one in Washington, D.C. is willing to listen to ‘we the people’ instead they listen to their corporate donors.  Some may say to me, “But, you cannot vote in the upcoming presidential primaries” and to that I add; did they ask ‘we the people’ if it was okay to switch these primaries around?  In my state, New York State, the primary was always scheduled in June, and now it will be in January.  January is a cold month and I do feel it will hinder many senior citizens and disabled people from getting to the polls.  Did both parties think of these people?  The answer is no.


Schwarzenegger went onto say, "If our party doesn't address the needs of the people -- the needs of Republicans themselves -- the voters, registered Republicans included, will look elsewhere for their political affiliation," To these Californian voters, all I have to say is go independent without any party affiliation.  Californians have always been known to be free-spirited, what better way to be free by not aligning yourself with anyone party.


Americans are all about freedom and liberty.  Our founders fought to give us both. In reading the Encyclopedia Britannica two of our founding fathers namely George Washington and Alexander Hamilton “were opposed to the segregation of the government that political parties created.”  Through the leadership of both parties, they have segregated ‘we the people’ through divisive measures.


Does freedom and liberty mean feeling the need to join a political party?  What happens in the case that Schwarzenegger was speaking of if the party you belong to is not representing your ideals?  If you are moderate Republican and see your party lurching to the right, it must anger you.  Let’s say you are a liberal Democrat and see your party lurching to the right that too must anger you.  At that point, you just feel like throwing up your hands and saying, why bother.


At times I feel that political parties almost brainwash us.  If you are in the Republican Party you are told not to trust the lefty-liberals meaning the Democrats.  Then you have the opposite side, meaning the Democrats saying; do not trust those right-wing-nuts.  No wonder nothing gets done in Washington, D.C. with this name calling.  Speaking of name calling, I have heard coming from Democrats the terms to define Republicans as ‘rethugs’ or ‘pugs’.  I have received emails calling Democrats, ‘DemoRats’.  How juvenile if you ask me.


This country has a myriad of issues to address and more importantly solve.  It sure seems that the people are being left behind and all I have to say is leave political parties behind.  Perhaps, these bozos in Washington, D.C. will sit up and take notice and for once work on behalf of ‘we the people’.  If they don’t they should go find other work.  Some may say to me; do you miss being a part of any political party?  The answer is no.  In fact, it feels quite liberating.  Let freedom ring!


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