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Your Views: Our reps had their chance: Lets vote them all out!
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The idea probably came from the progressive blending of the major political parties with the resultant enormous increase in federal bureaucracies and the control that came with it. The "vote them all out" advocates associate this increased control with socialist governments.

But who exactly are we going to vote out? Only one third of senators, give or take a few, are up for re-election in any given year and not all representatives have opposition. And is it appropriate or prudent to vote everyone out? On average, aren’t there some pretty good folks representing us in Washington, or not?

Consider that our five U.S. representatives in the North Georgia area have a combined longevity in politics of 68 years and that the greatest advance in party melding occurred in the last four administrations. That means most of the mischief that has the country in chaos happened on their watch, as it were. So that argues for the idea of "vote them all out."

But who will replace them? Perhaps it will be a political novice running on a platform of never having held public office. Or perhaps a member of one of the 70 odd third parties.

Our work is cut out for us. Our job is to find good candidates who will support the Constitution and represent the peoples’ interests in Washington.

M.J. Blanchard
Blairsville

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