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Don’t vote for incumbents

November 15, 2012
Bill Blietz , The Maui Weekly

If you want something that may unravel the deadlock in our political lives, never vote for an incumbent again as long as you live. This includes all phases of our voting rights--local, state and federal.

What about "good" candidates that are incumbents? Aren't they entitled to re-election? There are plenty of good candidates that are waiting for a chance to solve real problems without being concerned about being re-elected. What a chance to break up the two most important items in a politician's mind--get elected and re-elected. They should be concentrating on problem solving, not problem making or indecision.

The political arena will never allow us to have full-term limit rights, because they feel that it will curtail their ability to give us their services forever. The old idea for political office was to serve one term, provide answers to problems, and then go back to their lives and not be a professional office-holder, granting yourself lifelong benefits.

It is supposed to be a temporary time in your life, not a lifelong job.

When I look at my ballot name now, incumbents are thrown out of my mind as a candidate that can receive my vote. Exercise our term limits by this process. It is the only way to bring new blood and get the deadlock broken that exists now in all phases of our lives. If they error, the next one might get it right. Change is vital for our democratic process to be genuine and work like it should.

Bill Blietz




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