Values, not fear, should control at the ballot box

Posted: Sunday, October 31, 2010

Does fear rule in all aspects of politics? Once again, fearmongering rears its ugly head to cloud a perfectly straightforward process of discernment. As I understand it, a representative democracy works because each individual can, without fear, choose the candidate that they believe will best represent their interests and values in Washington. What is it about us that wants to choose a winner? Why are we so afraid of the tea party candidate that we would be swayed to vote for the incumbent just because her campaign or the polls suggest the Democrat can't win?

Friends, we will all lose if we don't vote our values. The system depends on this simple truth. This is an election, not a horse race or a football pool. On election day, put your truth out there and let the numbers fall as they will.

Rick Bellagh

Juneau



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