Time to take each vote seriously
by Donald Conkey, columnist
January 01, 2014 11:00 PM | 755 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Welcome to 2014 — America’s year of decision. It is hard to believe that it has only been five years, and two election cycles, since America watched a newly elected non-vetted president Barack Hussein Obama raise his right hand and declare he was going to “fundamentally change” the United States.

Americans, still giddy over the election of a politically correct African-American, had no idea of what this community organizer had in mind.

But today, and five years later since that fateful 2008 election more and more Americans have learned that Obama’s meaning of “fundamental change” did not mean what they had hoped it meant — a more open and less intrusive government.

And the more we here in Cherokee County learn, along with all of America, about Obama’s signature legislation, The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare,) along with the reintroduction of No Child Left Behind as Common Core, the more we understand “fundamental change” for Obama meant turning America into an European style socialist state — a state now becoming known as the “administrative state.”

An “administrative state” is a state where the congress abdicates its constitutional powers to the executive branch (the president and his progressive administration) by giving them authority to establish rules (laws) by unelected personnel.

Thus while the Obamacare law is more than 2,000 pages in length (363,083 words versus 1,320 words in the Homestead Act of 1862), the rules set up by the Department of Health and Human Services totals near 35,000 pages, and adds 15,000 IRS enforcement agents. Obamacare, along with Common Core, in this “administrative state,” will begin the re-enslavement of America if not stopped in 2014.

Thus 2014 is America’s year of decision. By this, I mean 2014 is the year when every registered voter in America must accept their responsibility as a citizen and vote, and vote intelligently after seeking out the most qualified candidates, those having the courage to make hard decisions.

America can’t stay on its current path and survive or retain its freedoms. Preparing to vote intelligently is not easy. It requires effort, lots of effort, time and often monetary support. Regarding our voting responsibility as Americans I find these words both refreshing and sobering: “I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law (Constitution) also maketh you free! Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn. Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; other-wise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil.”

The 2014 election cycle begins in Cherokee County next Tuesday, Jan. 7, and will be followed by a runoff, if needed, Feb. 4 to elect a state representative from Georgia’s House District 22.

This election will be followed by the Georgia primary election on May 20, just four months ahead. Here in Cherokee County, county citizens will vote to select school board members; two county commissioners; the county commission chairman (three candidates); all members of the Georgia state delegation; Georgia’s governor plus other state officials; a U.S. congressman (five candidates); and one U.S. senator (five candidates). Plus there will be candidates from each political party represented on the primary ballot.

The list of candidates seems overwhelming. But there are ways today for voters to make intelligent choices. To begin this search each voter should set up a computer file for the 2014 election with a sub-file for each office while listing each candidate (names available on elections office web site) running for office.

Second, Google each candidate’s name and study their web-site (all candidates have websites) and transfer their Web address into the computer file. Third, attend forum meetings and ask the candidates questions and take notes.

And fourth, ask the Lord for counsel in making your final choice. He who knows each of us knows each candidate and will help guide us in choosing that candidate best prepared to help America preserve those freedoms that each American cherishes but too often takes for granted without realizing they can be lost.

My friends strongly believe America has strayed far from those principles of freedom God gave America in its foundational documents.

God, who inspired America’s founders, will surely guide us as we prepare ourselves to find those candidates best prepared to restore those freedoms that established America as a nation of liberty, with its Statue of Liberty still welcoming freedom lovers from all around the world.

Begin now your preparations to vote intelligently during this, America’s year of decision.

Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.
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