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Some candidates like to say “Washington is broken.”

Washington is broke, both financially and morally bankrupt.

More accurately, the government is bankrupt; the politicians are morally bankrupt — but financially they are doing very well.

Government borrows money from new investors — our kids, grandchildren and generations not yet born — to pay for our goodies.

Bernie Madoff went to prison for life for doing that.

We send our representatives to Washington for life for doing the same thing.

The national motto is “e pluribus unum”: from many, one.

This denotes the melting pot of different cultures coming together and becoming one unique American culture, but that is a topic for another day.

The national motto now seems to be “ego habet” or “I got mine.”

On Jan. 30, the Jefferson County Republican Committee met with three candidates for Congress.

Each had his or her own ideas about what to do in Washington, and all agreed that something needs to be done.

The committee broke with the tradition of endorsing one candidate and will let the Republican voters choose the person to best represent them.

Since then, one of the candidates has stepped out of the race and another has stepped in it.

If you want a candidate who is young and will have a lot at stake under the policies and direction of the country she will be helping to set, she’s there.

If you want one who served in the military and did what the government told him to do and now wants to help make those decisions — he also ran a government agency and actually cut the budget — he’s there.

This truly is an opportunity to change direction of our government not to the left or right, but to stop the downward swirl into the cesspool of greed and corruption that we are now in.

Primary Day is June 24.

This community is filled with men and women who have sworn to protect your right to vote among other things.

Many have died in the past to give you that right.

Take a little time, a couple of times a year to vote.

Absentee ballots are available.

If you don’t like any of the candidates, you can write in a name or none of the above; the party leaders notice.

This is the time to show them you accept the responsibility of choosing our representatives.

“No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent,” said Abraham Lincoln.

Michael Bell

Cape Vincent

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