I was talking with OBA member Jeff Bickerstaff last week about some of the contested positions in our Dallas county, and council seats, and as usual, I got a LOT of great information from a man I respect and trust to help me see things more clearly. See, I’m not afraid to ask intelligent questions, even if it makes me feel a little stupid to do so, because I know many of YOU have the exact. Same. Questions.
But you might not know who to ask, and you might be embarrassed that you don’t know.
Here’s what I learned from Jeff. In the city he serves, they have 22,000 people. Only around 14,000 are on the voter roll. And only around 1000 actually VOTE. The council has figured out that basically, if the residents have water, the toilets work, trash is picked up, and they have 911 service, citizens are comfortable and might only get amped to vote if they have a beef with property taxes. As we pondered this, we both agreed that the issue is really that people don’t understand what and who they are voting FOR.
PLEASE, ASK!! I can’t scream this loud enough! And I know the last thing local family business owners need is someone screaming at them … but friends, this is mission critical, and YOUR freedoms and agendas are at stake.
We may disagree on politics, but one thing we can ALL agree on is that by the time the vote gets outside of your cities, both parties have DEEP pockets, LONG generational and family legs, and a knowledge of the system that often circumvents what WE want for what THEY want to make corporate interests happy, so they can come back and do it again next election.
But how do we take back control, when we don’t like ANYONE we have to choose from?
NOT showing up is a vote that you simply don’t care, and if that’s the case, we’re in serious danger of actually FAILING as a United States. Do not make the gruesome mistake of taking our free country for granted; it could disappear in this lifetime, and you could end up under another rule of government that will not care about your freedom one bit. Peaceful countries, remember, are not interested in taking us over.
These midterm primaries often go to the 1-6 people who show up to vote. If they don’t even have to prove citizenship … don’t be so foolish as to think the people who burn our flag and march for our death wouldn’t walk right in here and vote us out of our very own form of government.
Do you REALLY want your future – rather large decisions – in the hands of only a few? When our men and women are giving their lives so we can have an actual country??
A few things to get you started thinking aggressively about this:
Ask people you respect who they support and why. They may only have opinion, but dig as deep as you can to discover if there’s any validity to claims for or against.
Stay within a party platform. The system was designed to work smoothly when your representatives work together. To vote some democratic and some republican guarantees that the agendas will conflict when it comes down to THEM voting for YOU in your stead.
Decide which platform holds your belief system. It is where you ‘stand’. All the other elements are negotiable, but the actual party platform is what you’re agreeing to. Basically that means you are either for or against abortion and the second amendment. If you are completely against abortion, but don’t think we should carry guns, consider which is absolutely murder. Break it down for yourself. For me, this is critical. I am a loud pro lifer and second amendment supporter, believing that those initiatives have protected my family in the past and I want them to succeed. That is NOT a reflection of the OBA stand, it is my own.
If your party platform is uncontested by another party, and you have to choose between two or more of the same party, take the details seriously. How long have they served doing what? In Senate District 8, the vote is between Phillip Huffines and Angela Paxton. Both are old money and deep roots. Huffines says ‘no toll roads’ and I support that. Angela Paxton supports home schools and conservative education initiatives and I support that. What to do? Ask around. I found out that while both have huge networks and deep pockets, one has a reputation I don’t like, verified by several people who have worked in those circles. I can now make a decision at the polls that represents my best for the options. (I not-so-secretly hope Jeff runs in our next elections, but I digress …)
Friends, I’m going to cover some of the things you may be asking over the next couple articles, because we need to get serious about this.
Next election topics:
- What is a county commissioner vs a council member?
- How can I know if I support a county judge?
- How can I work on a committee or board to solve an issue?