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Top Ten Reasons to Vote for a New Senator
So Harry Reid can go home and stop pretending to represent us:
The current senator has taken to devoting his time to Washington politics, only checking in with Nevada right before his election. It is fine to be the leader of the Senate, but it is rather a burden than a benefit to Nevada. Nevada's senator purchases support for bills with benefits that would normally come to Nevada. Instead of Nevada being wooed, we are the ardent suitor emptying our purse to impress the other senators. If we are to value the influence our senator has obtained, that influence should evidence some benefit to us. Apparently our senator lacks the skill to make that influence valuable, or is unconcerned with representing Nevada.
To stand up for Nevada when people bad mouth our industries.
One of the functions of our representative is to promote the general welfare of the state by recommending it on every occasion as a place for honest people and businesses. Nevada is attractive as a tourist and organizational destination for a lot of reasons. People vacation because they need to get away. Businesses have conventions and training seminars because it helps them do business and make a profit. Organizations hold conventions because it strengthens them. When some public figure tries to attach a negative connotation to the convention business, our public representatives need to do more than ask for a retraction. Our businesses need our representative to explain to people, that there is a benefit derived from the activities that are reflected in individuals health and businesses profit, and that our facilities are superior in function and competitively priced compared to other destinations.
To stop the runaway spending in Washington.
The Senate was conceived as a moderating influence on the more frequently elected House and Executive branches, serving as a repository of wisdom and experience, much like the function of tribal elders in smaller societies or of grandparents in extended families. However much wisdom age promotes though, Washington culture seems to erode twice over. When we spend more than we make, we can never make enough. Spending needs to be limited to the previous years revenue until financial controls are strong and accurate enough to make valid predictions. The traditional view of spending someone else's money without their consent is that it constitutes theft. It is as if the next generation is not here yet, but we found their credit card in their locker so we are spending their money because ours is all gone. This is not wise, just, honest or anything we desire from a representative of ours in the senate. An honest senator should be stopping this practice, not leading it.
To give Nevada some representation for once.
The 17th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed partially because of the rampant corruption in state governments. But the purpose of having state governments select senators was to give the states some direct say in the republic so local government would remain independent. By moving the corruption to Washington, I mean by passing the 17th amendment, state governments lost some of their protection from federal intrusion. States rights have lost their protectors, diminished with neglect, and Americans have correspondingly lost their independence. Though ignored, the obligation to represent our state remains. A senator should stand for his state not independent of it.
So Nevadan's can stop apologizing for our senator.
Leadership always represents its base. But without the tempering of guidance from the community it is despotism. And without guidance from their base, leaders often wander wide of reason. The reaction of a community to a leader's folly ranges from fear to embarrassment. A senator should represent the most mature and rational elements of society and not sally forth alone without at least consulting that community, lest he find himself a reasonable target for scorn.
So Veterans and active duty military have an ally in the senate.
The advice and consent of the senate should not be confused with micro-management, especially in matters of war. We are blessed with courageous warriors willing to go into harms way under difficult circumstances. Their job has now become to deal with the physical and the psychological aspects of war. A senator that undermines that function by declaring defeat merely to politically damage a fellow public servant endangers the well being and the mission of our military.
So workers in Nevada have an ally in the senate who doesn't think that losing 36,000 jobs is a good thing.
It is an open question as to whether our politicians are actively seeking to dismantle the economy of our country; or, if in their zeal to obtain all possible tax revenues and bureaucratic control they incidentally damage the economy like termites in the attic. In either event, Nevada workers pay the price. Jobs come from business, and the senator should be protecting businesses.
So businesses that provide jobs in Nevada have an ally.
Businesses provide jobs. Nevada government determines what the will of the people is and regulates those businesses. A senator oversteps his bounds and acts contrary to the will of his state when he promotes one type of business over another, depending on support of his campaign goals.
To show that ordinary people can represent themselves.
It takes a certain arrogance to enter the political arena. But hubris is not accomplishment. Any competent person could be a good senator. There is no special breeding or entitlement that elevates one to the post.
To let the elite know that the people have had enough.
The community that has jealously guarded the highest level public servants positions and handed them around like favors, holds itself apart from the society it is charged to serve. The level of patronage has risen to the point of bankrupting our country. If the general public were as ignorant as the conservators of government suppose, we would quietly allow them to enslave us to the debts they pile upon us. But we are, with this election, loudly objecting.
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