If they can’t see the light, make them feel the heat

They say, “Competition is good for business.” And our politicians claim, “An administration should operate like a business.” Why, then, is competition not good for politics? Our political parties seem determined to maintain their monopoly of our election process, many times leaving voters with little choice but to pick the lesser of two evils. (Which has been likened to trying to pick up a piece of poop by the “clean” end.)

Decisions by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, along with hearing officer Bradley Smith, against Charlie Earl and Steve Linnabary were a travesty. What is the true state of our state if a common, ordinary farm boy who grew up next door here in Seneca County strikes such paranoia in the hearts of our political parties that they will go to these lengths to deny him a place on the ballot?

Politicians here in the “fly-over” zone should not try to emulate the mafia mindset of the D.C. elite. And we, as voters, should not fall into this “lesser of two evils” trap. Like rewarding a spoiled child for bad behavior, this only encourages more of the same. When neither party’s candidate deserves your vote you, should withhold it!

Some would say that is wasting your vote, but not necessarily. A few votes lost will make little difference, but a hundred, a thousand, ten thousand – that will get their attention. Continue to vote for those deserving your support, but ignore those unworthy. It won’t change overnight and it may even benefit the scoundrels at first, but eventually the system will change. And yes … it may even require a (gasp) third party!

If that’s where the chips fall, then let them fall!

In virtually every county in Ohio, there are organizations working to promote change in government (this time for the better), from the local level all the way to the very top. Seek out a group you feel comfortable with; you may find many of your friends and neighbors already belong.

D.F. Heimrick,