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Think about it: Elections have consequences


Date published: 1/23/2014

What do you do if your first five years in office have resulted in a 7.4 percent drop in median household income, a 3 percent drop in the percentage of people employed, a 9 percent increase in the poverty rate, all while the total U.S. debt increased 60 percent? What do you do if your approval rating is less than half that of when you took office?

The answer is to go back to your community organizer's reference book written by Saul Alinsky and apply three of his rules: No. 5: Ridicule is man's most potent weapon, No. 11: If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive. And No. 13: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.

One of those negatives is expanding entitlements. Free health care, food and income will assure a large favorable voting block. The fact that doing so will continue our decline is a problem for future generations. The liberal left is all about now and letting others deal with the consequences.

Another negative is immigration reform. For centuries, people have entered our country respecting our sovereignty. The overwhelming majority of them contributed to establishing this great country. To allow others to simply walk across our borders with impunity and then be supported in one way or another by taxpayers is an affront to all the honorable people who came before them. But it does help to grow that favorable voting block!

We just saw what happens when people from a few highly populated areas of Virginia show up to vote while many from the rest of Virginia sit out an election: We get a governor who is trying to expand entitlements.

Each of us is responsible for who gets elected, whether by casting our vote or by letting someone else speak for us by not getting involved. An election is coming, what will you do?

Rex A. Hoover

Fauquier