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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Take your vote for president seriously

  • We have had our primary elections and the nation is facing elections in November. In a presidential election year, there is usually a 20 percent larger voter turnout. That is good but I wish there was more interest in local, county and state elections. We commonly ignore the role of state and local governme


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  • We have had our primary elections and the nation is facing elections in November. In a presidential election year, there is usually a 20 percent larger voter turnout. That is good but I wish there was more interest in local, county and state elections. We commonly ignore the role of state and local government.
    I hear the electorate say they are looking for a candidate that will bring gas prices down, save their mortgage, solve educational problems, health care concerns, wages, jobs and a plethora of other issues.
    The president, unfortunately, has become the focal point of American politics.
    This is not what our Founding Fathers had envisioned for the government of these united states and its’ citizens. The (executive branch) President was not meant to interfere in State and local affairs. We used to guard and protect our Sovereignty. The Presidential powers (executive branch) was meant to be strictly limited.
    The Founders would never have supported an executive branch that could rule by decree. The Constitution, as ratified, does not allow unrestrained executive authority.
    Returning the presidency (executive branch) to a proper role and balance should be a primary concern of the electorate. Then we would return again to a constitutional government.
    The president can not change any of the issues before mentioned. It is the legislative branch that writes law and that may lower or raise taxes.
    We have lost sight of what our republic was to be. Over the decades, our Liberty and Freedom have been whittled away or taken from us with little or no objections The public looks more and more to the central government to solve local or state problems. We have lost our sense of self determination and self reliance. We turn all power and control over to the central government only to be dissatisfied with the results.
    That takes away our ability to truly effect any change.
    Take your vote for President seriously. Your vote should reflect what is best for the whole and not the individual. We are on the precipice of loosing what our Founders had created for us. Every government on earth has fallen because the central government had grown itself too large and spent too much.
    Ladies and gentlemen, do not think for a moment that it can not happen here.
    Gary Duree
    Shawnee
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