OH: The Party is Over

From a letter to the editor of the Mansfield News Journal in Ohio:
Ohio is represented by 18 congressional districts. As of 2010, five districts were Democrats and 13, Republican. According to Wikipedia, as of 2008, an estimated 2,408,178 Ohioans were registered to vote as Democrats, while 1,471,465 Ohioans are registered to vote as Republican. That accounts for 3,879,643 of the 8.1 million Ohio voters in the United States. Does anyone else see a problem here, and is this fair and equal representation for Ohio? . . .

Now, when a new Congressional member hits Capitol Hill, two things happen. First, an orientation by their parties' political leaders (the establishment) where it is explained how things really work on the Hill. Following that, the PACs and lobbyists call on the new member to remind them of where the money comes from. And finally the Congressional caucuses have their input about how things will be done. The promises to the constituents are erased and replaced by multiple agendas, and the wheel of corruption continues to turn.

There are several ways to break this cycle, and the current climate is ripe for change. We need to break the Good Ol' Boy Club on the Hill by electing independents. People with no political party. Candidates who represent the majority of individual voters in Ohio. Elected representation that will not succumb to the pressures of political party, PACs, caucuses or deeply embedded political leadership . . .

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