Since leaving the Green Party of Colorado this past April, I have cherished the political liberty that being an 'unaffiliated' voter has given me -- and today I exercised that freedom.
This day, at the Jeffco motor vehicles office in Arvada, I voted for Andrew Romanoff for the Democratic Party nomination for United States Senate.
Be assured, I will re-register as 'unaffiliated' immediately after the August 10 primary election ... a reminder is already written on my calendar.
However, in these times when the corruption of our government and politics is ubiquitous because of the corroding influence of corporate and special interest money, those few running for public office who eschew the current 'system' should be rewarded and encouraged.
That is the main reason I decided to give my single vote to Romanoff ... it ain't much, but it's all I've got to give. My small action keeps me in accord with one of my favorite sentiments expressed in a quotation attributed to Edmund Burke: "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little."
Those who read my commentaries here on this blog and at my other web site, www.Earthside.com, know that I have a rather less than sanguine view of the state of our nation -- the rise of mega-transnational corporations and their effective capture of our governments and political institutions causes me great apprehension and angst for the future of this Republic.
So, when I see that Andrew Romanoff's campaign is not taking Political Action Committee money, well, that's a positive sign. Furthermore, I, in particular, am also encouraged by this report in the Denver Post on education:
While Bennet says he supports the controversial teacher evaluation bill passed by the Colorado legislature this year, Romanoff said at a teacher rally, "It's not the package I would have produced" as speaker of the House.
"A lot of teachers have suffered from reform fatigue," said Romanoff, who counts himself among them as a longtime college instructor. Educators already know what works in the classroom, Romanoff said, and don't need a more complex federal framework.
And, let me be frank, too ... it is admirable that Romanoff had the fortitude to run for this nomination in the first place, even while Gov. Ritter and the Washington Democratic Party establishment continue to slouch towards further irrelevancy by supporting the pretentious Senatorship and campaign of Michael Bennet.
For other voters who are 'unaffiliated', there is time left for you, too, to lend the support of a cast ballot for Mr. Romanoff. Call your county or elections clerk and find out how.
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