Nov. 2, marks one of the most important days in government each year. Election Day is not just for the presidential candidates. Senators and governors make vital decisions that affect our nation in all three branches of government. Sitting by idly on Election Day silences the most important protection of our Constitution: freedom of speech.
One of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine, posed the idea that if the government is not protecting the people and the nation’s interests, a political revolution is justified.
In the near two years since the Democratic takeover of the White House, our great nation has seen nothing short of a decline in morale.
The system of checks and balances between the branches of government disappeared in the 2008 general election, and we have felt the repercussions. The policies that have made it through Washington, like ObamaCare and the stimulus package, directly contradict the views of the majority of Americans, and Democrats in office have made it clear they don’t care. They preach of bipartisanship, but blatantly contradict their rhetoric.
President Barack Obama promised us a change in our defenses. What change is that, exactly? A near $100 billion spending increase from former President George W. Bush’s budget? Obama’s stimulus package, with a $787 billion price tag, created only 640,000 jobs and hardly lowered unemployment.
But isn’t “change” the platform President Obama ran and won on? It’s the empty promise so many of us are yearning for. The only things that changed, changed for the worse. If you think the promises of Joe Sestak or Dan Onorato are any less shallow, you are only fooling yourselves.
A Republican victory on Nov. 2 means lowered taxes for all, it allows the economy to bounce back by encouraging spending and it means taxpayers’ dollars won’t be used to fund more bailouts. Republican candidates on the ballot Tuesday recognize that the government cannot create jobs. Only businesses can do that. Republicans will provide an environment that will allow business owners to create jobs, rather than get in the way.
But none of these decisions can be made if the people’s voice isn’t spoken by all. If we dwell in apathy and only vote once every four years for our nation’s leader, these decisions cannot be made. I encourage everyone to go out and cast your vote. If you’re not registered, we can help you take the steps to be a registered voter in the next election.
On Nov. 2, vote Pat Toomey for U.S. Senate and Tom Corbett for governor to get America, and Pennsylvania, back on track.
Temple College Republicans