Is the presidential race the most important?Posted Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 1:43 PM
Do you know who this man is? What his platform is? His party affiliation?
Sure, when I was younger, the president was an all-powerful man who made all the decisions.
But that was just my perception. It stopped looking that way around the time I watched School House Rock's "I'm Just a Bill".
The fact is, the president doesn't make all the decisions. He is only a tiny portion of the people important in legislation. The American people are forgetting this.
No president can truly accomplish what he promises without strong support from Congress. The president is just one man in the 537 elected officials at the highest levels of government (435 in the house, 100 in the senate and then the president and vice president).
While choosing the next president is an important vote, it is not the most important one, in my opinion. Truthfully, it is the election of representatives and senators. No president is effective without a truly bipartisan legislature; a legislature that reflects the needs and wants of each state, who can advocate for those wishes in our national government.
We cannot afford to keep losing sight of that. Straight-ticket voting isn't as dangerous in the presidential election as it is in congressional elections. As citizens of the United States, our votes count only marginally for president. To get what we really want and need from government, our focus needs to be on these congressional elections.
We must educate ourselves on their records and campaigns, perhaps even more than the presidential candidates. We must know if their political values reflect ours.
Sure, Mitt Romney may be everything you want in a president. But if you vote straight republican, do you know who you're putting into Congress? It could be someone who opposes him. Same with Barack Obama supporters.
If you truly support your presidential candidate, you must help him (or hopefully one day her) be as effective as possible.
This does not stop at election season, either. Maintain a dialogue with your congressmen. Write letters, make phone calls. Be involved.
Don't just switch off your preferred biased media organization, run to the polling place and choose whatever party your president affiliates with.
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