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I’m an Independent Conservative who tends to vote Republican. In the 2010 election, I did just that, voting (for the most part), Republican. As a result, I voted for Mr. Mo Brooks, who now is serving as a Representative in Congress. He is also one of the 87 freshmen Representatives who fought against House Speaker Boener for a more conservative answer to the debt ceiling crisis (yes, CRISIS). In order to appease these new Representatives and win their votes, Mr. Boener gave into them and delivered to the House a bill so conservative that it would never pass the Senate. This has happened a couple times in the last couple weeks – ultra-conservative “Tea Party” ideals coming out of the House and dying in the Senate. Let me say it again (I’ve been saying it for a while) – the Republican Party in Washington is being held hostage by the “Tea Party” minority movement.
Now, my one vote probably wouldn’t have prevented Mr. Brooks from being elected, but if I had known that he was going to be part of holding the entire country hostage to his “Tea Party” ideals, I wouldn’t have voted for him. Now don’t get me wrong – I’m all for conservative ideas and advancing conservative leadership. But when the ideas are so conservative that the country’s well-being is at stake, I draw the line.
So, I’m here to caution you against blindly voting. Pay attention to what the people you’re voting for actually stand for. If you honestly agree with their politics 100%, by all means vote for them. Of course you can’t vote for a Democrat if you don’t identify with them at all (I would have voted for Obama if I thought he would have been a better President than McCain, however). But pay close attention to who you are voting for, that way there won’t be any surprises when they hold the country hostage with their ultra-conservative ideals.