Vote Like Your Future Depends On It Because it Does
2012 is finally upon us and while many are making resolutions for personal ambitions, there is one task that we should all resolve to do in the new year: vote like our future depends on it, because the truth is it does. For far too long, we as Americans had given in to the status quo and we had come to accept the lack-luster representation we were receiving from our elected officials. In 2009, the tea party movement sparked a wave across the country that opened the eyes of many Americans. We finally began to speak up against cronyism, corruption, and irresponsibility. 2012 will be no different. As one of the most important election years in American history begins, we wanted to share with you what some local tea party activists are looking for in their elected officials as we prepare to go to the polls over the course of the new year.
Jim Bratten - Evansville, IN Indiana State Coordinator
"The "qualities" I look for in an ideal presidential candidate are very simple, very straight forward. The first of these is that he or she must be conservative. By this I don't mean the popular press' idea that this term describes an ideology, because it isn't. Conservatism is a way of life, a way of thinking about the world and how it works; a set of beliefs and values. You don't just "become" a conservative because you need to move right to win an election. Conservatives have principles.
Conservatives are moral people. Everyone is prone to human error and makes mistakes; conservatives admit their errors and take responsibility for their actions. They believe in a "right" and a "wrong", and therefore, absolutes. They are honest, charitable, look for the substance in people (not surface impressions). Because they are "conservative", they believe in this country as founded. The conservative believes in individual liberty, rights endowed by our Creator, and responsibility to one's creed and country. They also believe in the natural order of things: God, family and country. After that comes everything else: career, party and whatever etceteras exist.
In a nutshell, it all starts with qualities."
Marianne Gasiecki - Mansfield, OH Ohio State Co-Coordinator "Each Presidential candidate has something to offer and, some more than others, are a desperately needed change from Barack Obama. As a conservative, there are certain character qualities and basic understandings that are important for me to see in a candidate, even more so than answers to specific policy questions. It's these basic understandings and quality of character that determine a person's response to policy questions:
Consistently conservative values in opinion and lifestyle, both public and private.
A clear understanding of the free market system and it's importance in a growth economy.
Faith in liberty, and the opportunities and sense of responsibility that liberty will provide in a truly free society.
A clear understanding of the threats to our liberties and the need to address them, both here and abroad.
True leadership skills-the ability to make tough decisions in tough times with integrity and clarity.
A clear understanding of the limits, and the responsibilities, of the Federal government.
A belief in the greatness of our country, and the principles that made it great.
I could continue, but a basic understanding we must all have is that there is no such thing as the perfect human being, nor the perfect candidate, only the best. As Americans, we must always set the bar high, strive for the best and choose a President, Senator, State Rep. etc., that reflects that American spirit."
Mark Herr - Mephis, TN Tennessee State Coordinator "This individual clearly articulates a vision for rediscovering, owning, and preserving the American Dream of a Self Governing society. This person is governed by and governs with the self-governing principles of a limited, constitutionally instituted, fiscally responsible executive branch that preserves individual liberty and free markets, thus honoring the consent of the governed. He or she compromises only when doing so does not undermine or is not counter-intuitive to his or her governing principles. The President of the United States is not a ‘me’ player, but a team player; they realize they cannot fulfill their chief duty to preserve and defend the U.S. Constitution without the People on their team. Their undying commitment to preserve and defend the American Dream of a Self Governing Society will become the hallmark and legacy of their service on behalf of the People of the United States of America."
We hope that you will take some time to really think about what qualities a candidate needs to possess as we embark on this very important year. We will continue to fight for our core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government, and Free Markets. We hope that you will continue this fight with us. Our future depends on it!
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