Exercise your right to vote by voting with caution. How many voters research their candidates before voting for them? It's not a crime to "swing vote," folks. Our political parties are not the parties of yesteryear. Times have changed. It is OK to swing vote for the right candidate versus their political party. I've been doing it for years.
I grew up in a Democratic household when the Democratic Party supported blue collar workers. This is not necessarily true any longer, and is it correct to vote party affiliation over the right person for the job? Absolutely not! Both parties have severe quirks. If Lucifer was your only choice, would you vote for him? Many diehard voters would if he was in their political party. There is a misconception that you must support your party affiliation at the polls. This is what caused our country to decline because of uninformed voters and diehard party affiliation voters. There are great websites to check out candidates' voting records like www.votesmart.org. For first-time candidates without a record, call them and ask questions on issues that are most important to you.
Here are two candidates I've thoroughly researched: Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger vs. Del. Pat McDonough, both of whom are running to represent Maryland's 2nd Congressional District. Dutch is running for re-election, and Pat wants his seat. As you know, Dutch is a Democrat and Pat is a Republican. Both are respected in their communities, but how many truly know their positions and how they vote? By using www.votesmart.org, I found that Dutch's words quite often do not match his record. What he says and how he votes can be quite different especially on immigration issues. Recently, he was on talk radio saying he supports border security, yet his voting records says he does not support border security. As a matter of fact, he is quite supportive of illegal immigrants who use and abuse our systems and take our jobs.
Mr. Ruppersberger also receives an F rating from the National Rifle Association. Dutch owns a weapon to protect himself and the safety of his family yet doesn't want our law-abiding citizens to carry. He brought Section 8 housing into our communities, and that's another abusive program that cost Maryland taxpayers and reduced our home values. Do you think his gated community allows Section 8 housing?
Let's review Pat McDonough's voting records. The NRA gave him a 93 percent rating. The American Conservative Union 88 percent. Maryland Business for Responsive Government 95 percent. He stands alone sometimes in Annapolis regarding immigration issues. While the majority liberals run the show in Annapolis completely supporting illegal immigrants with our jobs and tax dollars, Delegate McDonough continues to work for the citizens of our state and not against them like Dutch who supports open borders, allowing illegals to work our jobs and feast off our resources.
I remember growing up as a kid in Baltimore. I raised three daughters there and loved it. Business communities were thriving. Welfare was given only to those in dire need, and they were pushed into working rather then being on the system. There were welfare investigators who made sure the systems weren't abused. Today's Democratic Party is not like our yesteryear Democrats. They are pushovers for their peers or else they were shunned or they catered to unions and high-paying campaign supporters.
If this sounds like I am pro-McDonough, that's because I am. If you want to bring back our yesteryear memories, it's time to relinquish the Democratic Party or insist they work for the people, not against us as they've been doing for a long time.
Jackie Auburn, Middle River