Voters are to Blame for Bad Politics

Written by Terry Mitchell

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Many voters make their ballot selections based on personal greed instead of what's best for their country, state, district, or locality. They will reserve their votes for politicians whom they think will give them things and/or make life easier for them. Of course, Politicians constantly exploit this greed by making outlandish promises. Once these politicians are elected, they either have to renege on those promises or create budget deficits in order to bring them about. Other voters, while not so much motivated by personal greed, will vote based on localized interests atrepparttar expense ofrepparttar 125868 more general interests. For example, they might vote for a particular congressional candidate because they think he will bring a lot of goodies to their district. This mentality also helps to forge a cycle of promises, broken promises, and budget deficits. Until voters begin to putrepparttar 125869 general good ahead of personal and parochial interests, these problems will persist. We like to blamerepparttar 125870 news media for all ofrepparttar 125871 "gotcha" political stories that pry too deeply intorepparttar 125872 personal lives and distant past history of candidates and therefore keep many good and qualified people outrepparttar 125873 political arena. However, it is ultimately our fault because we eat that stuff up. We can't get enough of it. The more dirtrepparttar 125874 news outlets dig up on various candidates,repparttar 125875 more we buy their newspapers and tune in to their TV and radio stations for more of those stories. The sad part is that we allow that stuff to influence our votes. Most of it is irrelevant torepparttar 125876 issues at hand and should not be taken seriously by voters. We do usually ignorerepparttar 125877 parts aboutrepparttar 125878 candidates or parties we like, but we tend to believerepparttar 125879 parts aboutrepparttar 125880 candidates or parties we don't like. Therefore,repparttar 125881 news media keeps feeding us this garbage. Last but not least, one of our biggest problems is our unwillingness to vote for independent or third party candidates. These candidates generally do not have obligations to party bosses or quid pro quo relationships with lobbyists likerepparttar 125882 major party candidates do. Very often, we will vote forrepparttar 125883 lesser of two evils, rather than an independent or third party candidate who might be much better. Of course, when you vote forrepparttar 125884 lesser of two evils, you're still voting for an evil. Many people feel like they would be wasting their vote by voting for any of those other candidates. This is simply not true. A voter only wastes his/her vote when he/she votes for someone he/she does not really like. Instead, we create a voting catch-22 for ourselves, i.e., no one will vote for Mr. Independent because he has no chance; Mr. Independent has no chance because no one will vote for him. If enough people decided to start voting their conscience, we could break that vicious cycle.

Terry Mitchell is a software engineer, freelance writer, and trivia buff from Hopewell, VA. He also serves as a political columnist for American Daily and operates his own website - - on which he posts commentaries on various subjects such as politics, technology, religion, health and well-being, personal finance, and sports. His commentaries offer a unique point of view that is not often found in mainstream media.

Obvious often means overlooked

Written by by Kurt St. Angelo

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The folks in charge are overlookingrepparttar obvious answer to jail overcrowding andrepparttar 125867 legal backlog: Quit arresting so many people!

Go back to doing government's fundamental job of protecting us from real criminals people who steal our cars, break into our homes, defraud us, or are violent not just our immoral neighbors who offend us with their petty needs and vices.

And quit herding people who aren't real criminals through our criminal justice system which is for real criminals. Then, these people who have not harmed others can keep their jobs, support their families, contribute torepparttar 125868 economy and pay taxes instead of forcing taxpayers to pay for their unneeded food, lodging and supervision in jail.

This will leave space to segregate violent and dishonest people who can't live socially withrepparttar 125869 rest of us. Isn't thatrepparttar 125870 point of our criminal justice system?

If Indianapolis is true to national statistics, we spend nearly half of our criminal-justice resources fighting vice instead of crime. The distinction between vice and crimes is fundamental. As legal scholar Sir William Blackstone wrote, 'In all cases,repparttar 125871 crime includes an injury."

The Indiana Constitution grants jurisdiction to Indiana courts based on such harm or injury. 'All courts shall be open, and every person, for injury done to him in his person, property, or reputation, shall have remedy by due course of law." (Article 1, Section 12)

This does not grant courts authority to punish those who merely offend us. Article 1, Section 37 ofrepparttar 125872 Constitution prohibits government from depriving people of liberty "otherwise than forrepparttar 125873 punishment of crimes." (See also Article 1, Section 13 and 19.) If Brizzi, Bradford and Young enforced this simple covenant, jail overcrowding would likely vanish overnight.

Every time we waste our resources policing, prosecuting and imprisoning potheads and prostitutes, then car thieves, burglars or murderers go free. Plus, we lie about being true torepparttar 125874 constitution.

Why is this so hard to understand or discuss? Why arerepparttar 125875 elders of our herd overlooking this practical, moral and constitutional consideration that is so utterly obvious?


Attorney, screen writer and former chair of the Libertarian Party of Marion County.

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