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I am Michael Vasquez, and I would like to be your next Congressman for the New York 22nd District.
Thank you for your interest
I have been asked on more than a few occasions why I am running for the New York 22nd Congressional seat? What is the end result that I hope for if I should run and win?
Tough questions, and absolutely essential.
The 30-second answer? I want to make Congress accountable. To reflect and represent the people that elect members. To improve, in an effective and long-term solution, the issues that face this country today and the next decade. I don't want to be a politician, but America needs Representatives that aren't there to bask in their power.
The actual answer takes a bit longer. But I will try to summarize it.
It comes down to what I have observed in my lifetime, and most importantly since I've been providing political commentary and news reporting in 2007. Like most people, before I was so actively following what is going on, I didn't think about politics much.How could one person make a change, that's what so many of us believe.
But as I paid attention, researched speeches and campaign promises, as I reviewed charts and laws, I gained a more full picture of just how badly our Government was running things. The amount of waste, over-spending, and passing-the-buck on critical issues was astounding. The number of flip-flops and non-answers on important issues by members of Congress and other elected officials was staggering.
Yet, Congress retains a 90% re-election rate. Most incumbents enjoy such a hold on their elected seats that they are almost untouchable financially, regardless of how they have failed to live up to the promises they have made.
The result is a nation that is closer to the brink of financial despair than ever before (some believe it may already be too late). The results are a series of laws that sound great, but the function of which is devastating to the freedoms we take for granted (Obamacare, Executive Orders, NY SAFE Act, ect). The result is elected officials, especially in Congress, who talk about Conservative views and standards yet they vote in exact opposition to these views (on immigration, late-term abortion, NSA, drones, and more).
Congress has become the castle for a nobility class that was never meant to exist in this nation, in direct contradiction to the intentions of the Constitution.
I believe that one of the best ways to preserve our nation, to fix the long-term problems, is by breaking that nobility mentality, by making Congress accountable again. Even with just one seat, that allows the voice of the people to be heard and make things a little better.
As for what I expect to happen?
That win or lose, the competition and fear of loss of power will cause some in Congress to stand up in a clear and decisive manner. That Representatives will fulfill their obligation to the people that elected them, championing the views of their constituents. That even 1 better and effective law will be passed that preserves our freedoms and ensures our quality of life is extended to the next generation and those after it.
In the end, the public will decide. I can live with whatever the result, because I am doing what I believe must be done at this time.
If you agree with why I am running, and what I hope to do, please donate or volunteer and pass the news on to anyone that might not know there is another option in 2014.
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