“Being Washington”

PolitiChicksRecent events in the Middle East are disturbing to the average American, especially to those who have lost family members in Iraq.  All of the lives, blood, money and health that was spent to help free the Iraqi people is turning out to be a loss, thanks to our illustrious leader and the current administration’s policies.  It is safe to say that many were not too keen on the Iraqi War, due to was was perceived as “faulty intelligence”. In light of the 9/11 attacks, the American people and elected officials voted to go and soon after, Iraq’s dictator and his sons were taken out of the picture.  As a result, the Iraqi people were able to vote in an election. They began to trust us and take tentative steps on their own to form a new government.  Unfortunately, the fully documented military plans as told by the administration to the world, in cooperation with the media, released the date and time of our withdrawal from Iraq. This idiocy allowed the rogue militants there to simply mark their calendars and wait for their opportunity.

Now, even more conflict and danger to the Iraqi people has returned. All has been for naught and we have left them alone long before their government was prepared to stand on their own.  This move was completely political and ill advised.  Highly ranked military personnel strongly cautioned against premature withdrawal; they predicted what is happening in Iraq today.  Did the administration listen? Emphatically, NO!  

The United States has become a joke in the face of the world.  Why?  Because we are adrift without a firm hand on the rudder.

However, there is a chance that all of this can change if recent trends continue to gain momentum.

This week an historic, never happened in the history of the position, event occurred.  Eric Cantor, House majority leader, was soundly defeated by a Tea Party backed newcomer.  David Brat was out spent by a wide margin. He is relatively unknown in the political arena.  He is a regular guy but he won the old fashioned way, by doing “meet and greets” in his district and by shaking hands, and using his ears to listen–all completely free methods to win over a constituency. It was a plan whose time had come, again.

Eric Cantor spent little to no time in his district with his fellow Americans; he was too busy being Washington.

“Being Washington”, isn’t that the problem?  Our elected officials were sent to Washington to be our voice.  Instead, many became career politicians and learned to “Be Washington”.  These elitists who think they “know best” do not feel the need to listen to the people.  They believe that they do not work for us, and nothing could be farther from the truth.

So the American People sent a very loud message to elected elite this week:  We are still in control!

However, this message has to continue  to remain strong. We have to vote out every single apathetic politico who has ignored the people for the last few years.  We cannot have anyone sitting out elections due to lack of choices. It will take every single available vote to accomplish this mission.

We have to continue with the idea that We the People will not stand in silence and be ignored any longer.  Enough is enough; either be the voice of The People or go home!  We do not need any more politicians to “Be Washington”!

Candace Hardin Littlejohn

Georgia PolitiChick Candace Hardin Littlejohn lives in Atlanta, Georgia, but grew up in Western North Carolina. She has been greatly influenced in her writing by the culture in the Appalachians. Candace attributes her love of words to her Mother, who taught her to read at four years old. She is the creator and publisher of the literary magazine, Bohemian Renaissance, a magazine designed to launch emerging writers to publication, while providing good literature and art free to the community. Candace is 100% fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin. She loves dogs and spending time with friends and family. Visit Candace's website: http://kandisays.blogspot.com/

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