I was pondering whom to vote for in the upcoming special election for state Assembly District 4. Back to basics … Federalist Paper No. 52 describes the House of Representatives, and the lower house of a bicameral legislature in general. It says:
“As it is essential to liberty that the government in general should have a common interest with the people, so it is particularly essential that the branch of it under consideration should have an immediate dependence on, and an intimate sympathy with, the people.”
I think we are drifting far away from that goal. Representatives are immediately dependent on money and party. They need us only to pick between two party favorites and a cast of also-rans. They have intimate sympathy with their party and donors, but they don’t even know what the majority of their constituents want.
I plan to vote for a candidate with the best plan for representation as described by our founders. In today’s “plugged in” world, there is no reason for we the people to accept the status quo. Wouldn’t it be fun if just one candidate stepped up to the challenge?