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What's good about the Patriot Movement? The Tea Party Movement? The Environmentalist Movement? The movement of middle-of-the-road vo
Sandusky Register Staff
May 13, 2010

 

What's good about the Patriot Movement? The Tea Party Movement? The Environmentalist Movement? The movement of middle-of-the-road voters to the far right or far left and back again?

What's good about it? Movement, that's what.

For too long, too many voters relied on their chosen political parties to do their thinking and demonstrated their loyalty by voting a straight ticket. This blind loyalty made it easy for politicians to count on a certain wave of votes -- sure bets, so to speak.

In the words of Bob Dylan, "The times they are a-changing." As the Bard for a generation who questioned all political assumptions, Dylan warned against complacency, against standing still and letting the world happen to you, against blind acceptance without questioning.

The various offshoots of the two party system in America are full of people who want their voices heard. That is what democracy is all about -- of the people, by the people and for the people. All Americans can, and should, support independent thought.

But these movements are not without their caveats. American voters must pay more attention to what the candidates are saying and less attention to the "D" or "R" by their names. At a recent gathering of local conservatives, the Democratic candidate who will challenge U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, Dale Terry of Huron, acknowledged he is a "proud member of the John Birch Society," and thinks President Barack Obama is a Communist and not even a U.S. citizen.

Not exactly what you'd expect to hear from a registered Democrat.

Republican and Libertarian candidates also expressed their views at the candidates night sponsored by Patriots Unite, a group of ultra-conservatives. If you agree with these candidates, by all means support them with your votes. If not, do the homework to understand all the candidates' positions on matters important to you. Voting a straight ticket regardless of your party affiliation may lead you straight to a place you don't want to go.

Comments

Yadayadayada

Goofus, indeed . Investigated? And you expect that to be harmful? She was exonerated, and we await your apology.
Mr Dale Terry is , at best , an oppurtunist;at worst , ---a nut job.
To declare our sitting President a Communist, (when communism is dead ) and to activate the "birther" argument when even Glenn Beck and everyone else has acknowleged the error of that lie, is simply, ---garbage.
As an "elitist" of the left I fully realize you are as dumb as I thought you were, and hope, truly hope, you do not continue to publish opinions , just to see your name in print. Give it real thought.Your published nom de plume is not that important, but revealing.

goofus

Years ago when we were spoon fed the news with ABC,NBC,and CBS we were subject to their opinion on what is news. With the advent of the internet and talk radio we are now not subject to the bias of the state run media. The elitists of the left are now coming to realize that Americans are not as dumb they assumed they were. With congress at a 10% approval rating people have become disenfranchised with the D and R. When one believes that the government is no longer working for them, factions will arise. When the average worker's income is less than his financial obligations he has to cut back. Can you understand his frustration when the government spends more than it takes in. Mr Terry might be a John Bircher but at least he isn't being investigated for fraud like Marcy Kaptur.

brutus smith

Amen, Hunter.

Hunter S. Thompson

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