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The silent majority is finally awake. This year, our nation can change directions.
On May 11, we have the first of many votes this year. Between the special elections, the primaries, the potential runoffs and the fall general election, this year is a monumental election year.

When it became obvious that the democratic majority in Congress could care less what the American people thought, people began to wake up. When it became obvious that a president who ran as a "centrist" candidate was actually a far left, tax-and-spend "progressive" who never planned to honor any of his campaign pledges, people began to get mad. When a Democratic-controlled Congress passed the Health Care Reform Act, although a majority of the voting public said that they did not want it, people became furious.

It infuriates people when they are told that they are "smart enough" to elect someone but then they are "too stupid" to know how their elected representatives should vote.

This year we have the choice and the ability to show these liberals what we really know and want. We need to vote for the candidates who will best represent us. Candidates who have our conservative principles and values. Candidates who have a spine and who will vote for conservative principles and values, even in the face of a liberal onslaught.

It is our responsibility to take a hard and serious look and all the candidates. We need to vote for the best candidate. Not the best-looking candidate. Not the best orator. Not the candidate who has the best advertising. We need to vote for the best candidate based on our conservative principles and values, and their record.

In addition, we need to look beyond our backyard. We need to try to have an affect on any elections where we have a realistic ability to do so. The health care act passed by three votes. There were four representatives in Georgia who voted for this bill. We may not be able to affect an election in Michigan, but we can have an effect on elections here in Georgia.

I can take a day off and go down to Albany and put out signs for someone running against Sanford Bishop. I can go and make telephone calls and wave signs in Atlanta for whoever is running against John Lewis or David Scott. I can send a donation and write letters for the person running against Hank Johnson in Lithonia. You and I can make a difference.

If we are truly awake, mad, furious, infuriated, smart and not "stupid" (like the Democrats think), we better vote for the best candidate and we better get involved. This is a monumental election year. Let's truly vote for "change we can believe in"!

Bimbo Briscoe

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