May 10, 2022

Let’s Vote Well this Primary

By:  Brent Satterthwaite, PCO 41 candidate Bonneville County LD 35

I am passionate about Idaho.  Think about it we have a “Representative Government.”  If we don’t vote our sovereignty is lost and our way of life dies.  My love and passion beat strongest for Idahoans who in 1890 chose to become a new state, the 43rd, in this great nation.  They knew that Idaho was conceived in Liberty and then dedicated themselves to the proposition, that all men and women are created equal.  Joyfully we have the opportunity to rededicate ourselves to that proposition with OUR vote.

Long before Thomas Jefferson penned the proposition, King George III and Frederick North,
Prime Minister of Great Britain, sent General Thomas Gage to obstruct the establishment of
equality by brutalizing our brethren in Boston.  Bostonians did not fold and God-willing neither will Idahoans.

Those three brutish Englishmen wanted to conserve something, the right of a king to rule over us and used gobs of money to influence many of our colonial merchants and cotton farmers to retain it.  As colonists, we formed states to push back with declaration, grit, will, sacred honor and eventually blood. Now, every election we wonder if our nation so conceived can long endure.

Every generation faces similar pressures and ask themselves this pivotal question, “Can I
muster enough personal virtue through self-education and involvement to contribute to a
government of the people by the people and for the people with my well-considered vote?”

Now I know, yes, I really do know, that some of the most boring things we endure are history and voting.  Please allow me a few historical words to inspire you to vote well.

Today corporations, big medicine, big pharma and big banks are trying to conserve something.  The right to rule over us even by mandates, expending massive political dollars to preserve their control through politicians.

Two hundred and forty-six years ago we stifled politicians from our government.  Collectively we looked to statesmen to represent us like Samuel Adams, John Hancock and James Madison.  One of them, George Washington, refused to continue in office more than two terms lest we revert to politicians or royalty for representation as natural men are prone to do.

On May 17th we might consider these hints suggesting politicians have returned and this time vote differently.

1) Idaho endured over 800 days of re-declared states of emergency without Legislative
consultation, a November mock session notwithstanding.

2) Health care for teachers put in the hands of ONE Insurance company!  Only politicians
would do that.  The rest of us trust the free market system.

3) Politicians have made more than two terms of service the rule rather than its exception:
some are going on their 8th and 9th terms.

4) A stateswoman Christy Zito expeditiously proposed repealing the grocery tax by amending a bill in the senate, 27 politicians voted against that proposal.

Loving Idaho and our system enough to learn of it and be involved are requisite for our nation to endure well and to vote well these hints may serve.  God-willing.

 

1 COMMENT

  1. As a Dr, I watch the drastic change of insurance benefits for public employees when Oregon went to a single payer system. All in the name of saving the taxpayers $$$. Whilst the subscriber received less benefits, paid higher premiums, Dr had less authorizations, politicians got kickbacks and insurance companies got tax breaks. Bad moves in disguise as saving money on the budget. Political mayhem driven by big business.

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