Politicians for quite a long time have been building their own small kingdoms. Members of Congress have a base salary more than 3.5 times the average American’s salary. They have kept their lordships by convincing us that today their party is better than the other one and all other parties are irrelevant, or that by voting for any other party you are “throwing your vote away”.

Now the principles of freedom put in place by our founding fathers are in greater question than ever before because those in Congress elected to represent us are no longer interested in representing us, they are only interested in protecting their lordships that are ultimately backed by their parties and their parties’ war chests. This money is designed as incentive to re-elect loyal party followers and to fight against those that do not side with the party, such as what happened to Joe Lieberman for supporting the war in Iraq.

Our representatives should actually represent us and our values, not a party and its values. The only purpose of a political party is to acquire power, accomplished through helping its minions become elected. I want an Independent that represents me and is not pressured to vote how a national party wants them to vote.

Concerning public service, Ben Franklin taught at the constitutional convention that:

There are two passions which have a powerful influence in the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice; the love of power and the love of money. Separately, each of these has great force in prompting men to action; but when united in view of the same object, they have in many mind the most violent effects. Place before the eyes of such men a post of honor, that shall at the same time be a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it.

If they will move heaven and earth to be elected, and they do, we are merely insignificant annoyances to them.

The time has come to see through the Republicans and Democrats for what they are-unprincipled groups seeking to please the largest possible segment to continually be re-elected and maintain their power, without a firm foundation or actual standards.

The time has come to stop voting for the “lesser of two evils”. Rather, we must stand for something; we must elect people whose values are compatible with ours. If there is no such person available, now is the time for us to run.

The time has come to stop throwing away our votes after someone because of the “R” or “D” next to their name.

If your representative voted for the TARP corporate welfare package, the “stimulus” pork package, the cap and trade energy tax, or the coming health care bill designed to eventually socialize one-seventh of our economy, they must go. It’s not one party or the other that have caused the problems. The foundation has been laid over the past century. George Bush and the Republicans built a room and Barack Obama and the Democrats are adding on a mansion.

What will the structure of America be for our children? It is up to us.

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