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9/4/2012 5:00:00 PM
COLUMN: Get informed
Bob Weete

Like many of you, I hope, I watched the Republican Convention in Tampa last week, and, like many of you, I hope, I will be watching the Democratic Convention this week.

Naturally, since it is clear that I espouse the general philosophy of the Republican Party, I was uplifted and more hopeful than I may have been. That is one of the purposes of these conventions; they are pep rallies, much like the ones we had in school each Friday. We loved our teams, and we wanted them to win their games.

This week the Democrats have their pep rally, with speakers, confetti, bands, signs and all of the whoopla that goes with the tradition of elections. Even if you did not watch last week's cheerleaders, I encourage all to watch the one this week.

Why? Because everybody really needs to be better informed so we can be wiser in the casting of our votes. It is a bit strange, though, that in spite of the vast amounts of communication possibilities, it is still very difficult to really know the people we believe will best serve our nation in these difficult times.

Politics in modern times has really become more sophisticated technologically, and this has made it even more difficult for us, the voters, to make sound, reasonable decisions rather than base them on emotions or hearsay. It is a task, however, that we all must take very seriously. These decisions are among the most important ones of our lives, and there are, indeed, consequences, as in any decisions we make, big or small.

We make decisions every day of our lives, and those decisions determine the paths our lives will take, either good or bad. We decide who to marry, what profession to enter, where to live, whether to try drugs, to drink and then drive, and so on.

It is, then, incumbent upon us to reason things the best we can, including considering realistically the potential consequences as a result of a particular decision. There are always consequences; sometimes good, and sometimes bad. When we make bad decisions, and we all do from time to time, that happens so that we may learn something good from it. Doesn't do to just say, "Oops" and then go on doing the same thing.

This is where I say, which I have said many times before: "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got." We have no one else to blame but ourselves if we keep doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.

We must expose ourselves to a variety of pieces of information and educate ourselves. When I was Director of Activities at the high school, I tried to get the student candidates to say something more than, "Vote for me for better student government". That was one of my failures, but I kept trying. Students complained about it just being a popularity contest, yet they were afraid to step out of the "norm" and commit to something.

On the adult level, it's now a bit different. The signs say, "My opponent poured lighter fluid on cats' tails and then set fire to them to watch them run." Or worse. We (both sides) spend an inordinate amount of time (and millions of dollars, by the way), on nit-picking drawing our attention away from the real information we need to have our reason over-turn emotion.

We need to have information (facts, of course) relevant to a candidate's background, experience, philosophy, intentions, character and all of that stuff. Without the prevalence of "bloviating." Yes, a Bill O'Reilly's term, but it works here. All candidates - local to national - do this, so we must be on the look-out and see it for what it is. We need to know what, exactly, they have done to convince us they are capable of doing what they promise, and to earn our respect and our vote.

We have some elections coming up locally, too. And, "If we do what we've always done" we'll get the same results that we hear so many complaints about. We must have some means to determine who is real and who isn't. The people with the most signs that say "Vote for me" and nothing more, all that means is they've got a Daddy Big Bucks, financing them and that is truly scary. We need to have a public forum or some way that all voters in Blythe have a chance to hear them actually say something. Going the route where "My sister-in-law said that her mailman said Candidate A is a cool dude" determines who we vote for just keeps getting what we always get.

I know, they have someone prepare a blurb to go in the Times, but, again, that's "the way we've always done it". How has that worked for us so far, in City Council, School Board, College Board, and Hospital Board elections?

So, the crucial time is coming for getting real about our right - and responsibility - to vote, and vote with responsible information intelligently applied. "Just do it", as the saying goes.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Article comment by: @ crazy town

@crazy town - he's half white. NO MO YEARS!!!

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Article comment by: @just me

Distractions are obvious with your first sentence ...birthers..?? Given the tendency of this president to lead from behind, example: our embassy being thrashed, on 9/4 Obama had intelligence that this was coming, did they beef up the embassies knowing 9/11 was coming in a week? No - ignored the intelligence threat, the embassies were thrashed, AFTER the fact they sent the marines & sent a Warning to ALL embassies. Can’t trust democrats to keep america safe another example – Carter, he cut our defense so much we couldn't even rescue our own people without the helicopter crashing, America was humiliated. Obama’s either incompetent or he's very shrewd - all the dumbocrat sheep believe he's a genious on the other hand, smart people know he's bringing us down with a smile on his face he's thrown one best ally under the bus - the Israeli's have better intelligence than anybody, we need them on our side, duh! Same with eastern bloc allies do you realize Iran is close to a nuclear bomb, they’ve said they’ll aim it at the west coast of America, should we keep talking nice? Did u see Obama tell Russia's Medvyev that he needs more time & will have more flexibility after the election, have any idea what that could possibly mean? U do know russia & iran are in cahoots with Syria & they all hate us, right? Obama won't say the words radical muslim, either he doesn't think there are such things or is ignorant of the terror they’ll bring to americans, aka infidels. This man won’t admit who the enemy is, he’s cutting our military when we should be strengthening it don't believe it? - go ahead, put your head in the sand right along with obama.

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Crazy T. See you were on the other team. Give it another chance. How many times did your boyfriend make you mad? So what happen in the end? You made up and got married. Now how many years of happiness do you two have? Politics is almost like a marriage it has it's up and downs. Sooner or later you reach a happy medium. So Come into the light, and I will let you fly and shoot the death star ship.

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Article comment by: Just Me

At first I found the whole "birther" thing a source of amusement, but as of late it has begun to concern me! I'm aware Obama has been a bummer as a President overall. But since 9-11 neither he nor Bush has been slack in their efforts against terrorists. Given the tendency of incoming Administrations to replace people with their own appointees, I'm loath to turn the effort to uncover and act on terror intelligence to people who have admittedly spent millions on Private and Public investigations of a Birth Certificate and STILL, after FIVE years, can't prove the President is not a Citizen as they claim. Now, if they want to know anything about you, it would take them less than a day to have a record of every (deleted) you ever let! But Obama, this "incompetent", is so adept at hiding records that the best in the World can't find them?? Really?? Unless the GOP & Romney decide to actually specify the way they intend to fix the economy instead of just spouting the same old "I'll create jobs" (which no President seems to ever do) , another split Congress is just a prescription for four more years of mutual distrust and obstruction.

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Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Article comment by: Anonymous the hypocrite

You the liberal who belongs to the party who hates God and wants to remove God from your platform has the nerve to talk about what Jesus would do? Jesus would be ashamed of the liberals who think 9 month abortions are ok he would be ashamed that you would promote ALLA before his name and God at your conventions for the world to see he would be angered that the democratic party believes gays should be married like men and women. Stay on point - nobody said anything about hating obama just because he is 1/2 white, and queen who? there u go again rambling about nonsense just for distraction, frivolous lawsuit? bees? u are racist just by the way u keep bringing up something irrelevant to make a point about racism. Remember this - OBAMA WAS ELECTED!!! You can't get past the fact that white people voted for him - this has nothing to do with racism - IT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH FAILED POLICIES. Takes no rocket scientist to figure out Obama has spent more money than ALL THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS COMBINED - CAN U SAY THE WORD COMBINED? That is your children's future, your grandchildren and your great great grandchildren. Do you realize that Obama has saddled every man, woman, child and all future generations with a $50,000 bill as of this week? The worse part is he's borrowing the MONEY FROM CHINA!

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Article comment by: Crazy Town

If the Democrats are racist, why would they want a black man in the White House?

That's like calling Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a Lesbian in one breath, then saying she had her BOYfriend killed in the other.

Some Republicans are not just ignorant, they are stupid as well.

El Pica~I would have no problem voting across party lines and have many times over the years. I have only been a registered Democrat for four years.


Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Takes no rocket scientist to figure out why the Jewish immigrant Orley Taitz aka the Birther Queen hates and obsesses with Obama and his birth heritage, she being a naturalized citizen cannot ever sit where he does, she has lost every elected office she ran for, was fined $20,000 for filing frivolous law suits, islamophobia and xenophobia are her bees in her bonnet, just cannot deal with how a half white/black man with a father who was muslim sits where she will never sit! Many who despise Obama merely are angry they will never rise to his status in life, and cannot even get permission to set up a shoe shine stand in the white house! I do believe if any class envy exists its them obsessed birthers and Obama haters how suffer from envy! Obama will be in the history books, his angry haters will at best be on some unknown grave stone in some obscure cemetery!

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

No political party, religous group, organization has sainthood or can walk on water! I doubt if one accuses democrats or any particular party preference can deny they have sinners amongst their ranks! Politics is not moral, godly or saintly, Jesus did not come earth and seek any political offices, riches, fame his fate was on a cross, between two thieves, one denied him and one accepted him! If he were here today on earth, it takes no rocket scientist to figure who would castigate, denigrate him for hob knobing with the sinners, thieves, harlots, murderers and he would preach angrily at the money changers/bankers/brokers on wall street and the televangelists preaching their phoney false prophet prosperity religion! The rich unrepentent will be trying to ride their camels packed with their one true love all their money, riches through a eye of a needle, us 98% will be walking, hardest choice we have is when we reach that fork in the road do we go the narrow and hard or the wide and easy!

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Article comment by: MORE distractions from a typical dumbocrat

Anonymous is at it again - didn't say kkk was around for 100's of years - stop spinning! What was said is that DUMBOCRATS have been RACIST for hundreds of years. The point with hollywood is the MAJORITY OF HOLLYWOOD ARE HYPOCRITE DUMBOCRATS who earn millions, then say romney earns too much & doesn't pay taxes - ??? Hollywood actors earn millions & do the same as all rich people - they take their LEGAL deductions on the INCOME TAX returns - but Romney is a tax cheat and they are NOT??? Was Clint a burr under ur skin because he didn't follow all the other hollywood libs? Also let's not get confused on sales tax and income tax - I know it's hard to stay on point for the ignorant liberals. The dumbocrats are asking for Romneys INCOME TAX returns - NOT SALES TAX RECEIPTS. Yea the rich also pay more sales tax too - I know it's hard for u to get your head around. U do know that 1/2 of all americans don't pay INCOME TAX RIGHT?? Those would be the poor who get handouts - they don't pay a penny but they take all the handouts, generation after generation. Don't act like there's no greed out there. Do u really believe that sales tax is what pays for welfare??? U need to stop going off on ignorant rants and confusing the points with rambling - o but thats what Obama & dumbocrats do best.

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Hollywood all left wing? I do not think so, was not Cllint Eastwood special surprise speaker at the GOP convention? Or was he like the empty chair he was having that mysterious two way conversation no one could hear but him just a hullicination on that stage? One of the biggest myths the GOP spins is no one but a certain class of US citizens pays taxes! I can prove this a myth simply ask anyone to look at them reciepts they get from stores, gas stations, etc., sales tax, state and federal! Now the GOP has a cute trick they raise fees like Romney did when he was governor but since they called it a fee they dodged the fact it was compulsary, came out of the same purse, wallet as ones taxes come out of! Dennis Miller is a former actor, comedian and has guest spots on fox and friends and has his own hate radio show! Just like one can find rich folks right, left or middle one can find same in Hollywood!

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

I do believe I put a burr under the saddle of a very angry, many identity right winger who thinks Ku Klux Klan has been in existence for hundreds of years, Sad for them they don't know much history, Civil War ended 1865, some time there after 6 angry confederates formed the Klan, 2 hundred years from that date would be 2065, at best the Ku Klux Klan has been in existence since around 1865-2012 my math is poor but 147 years at best! Now if one thinks slavery was Klan activity I guess one could spin slavery which came with the first immigrants! Use of Dumbocrat is cute, much as using disquised denigrating terms for blacks with EL PICOS, takes no rocket scientist to figure out what bee is in this fellow or gals bonnet! I don't care who one votes for, one cannot take but one body into the voting booth, the internet has these folks who create multiple characters to defend their beliefs, ideology, but come election time they get to take no one into the booth but themselves!

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: oh come on Anonymous

there u go again - off on a tangent! Distractions, more distractions. So it's ok if your a racist as long as u repent? Sooo why aren't all the democrats repenting??? Why DO the black's vote for dems? That's the thousand $ question - why would they with all his failed policies and the long history of the dems and racism. The dems have done more harm to black people than anybody! No republicans don't hate - they are not the ones trying to sway people into becoming sheep, keeping them in the pen - dems don't want them out because they might actually succeed without a democrat handout. The democrats' mentality is the root of all evil - your naivete is obvious - do u really think all prisoners just happened to end up behind bars thru no fault of their own do u really think people in america don't have a choice to be poor or successful or an inmate or a president or lazy or successful or a "baby momma"? I am a business owner and it's only because of MY HARD WORK - NOT OBAMA OR DUMBOCRATS! I am not wealthy but can pay my bills - I know how to live within the budget and the democrats better learn what the word frugal means because it's coming with another 4 years of obama! NO MORE YEARS!

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Historians write hisotry us folks here in cyber peanut gallery land merely rant, rave our views, opinions! George Wallace was a die hard democrat segregatiionist, but a wanna-be assasins bullet put him in a wheel chair for the remainder of his life, before he died he rejected, repented his segregationist views, one might say his mortality coming to a end might have helped! Now his most famous toughest sheriff also ended his days in a wheel chair, due to a stroke Sheriff Bull Conners another democrat unrepentent to the bitter end on his segregationist views, no regrets on unleashing them dogs onto them black men, women and childdren! One can speculate which one went up or down, I have my own idea! We today still have these sad folks who hate for no other reason than skin tone or culture! God will sort them out after Jesus puts them into either the flock of sheep or goats, the good thing is no man gets to decide our fate we decide it ourselves by our choices!

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