Davis has been a predictable “shoo-in” single-party community for congressional candidates in recent years, which has, in effect, limited accountability and pushed aside the spirit of competition. The result? We have served as enablers of a political class that does not share our values and who consider politics a career (rather than a temporary public service).
A case in point is John Garamendi, who has stood by aimlessly as a good political party robot while events have unfolded that tear at the core of our nation’s founding principles and our community’s values. As your phone and email records are gathered by our government, your tax money is spent on undeclared wars in Libya and Syria, your fellow Americans’ political affiliation is used as fodder for IRS scrutiny and audits, and members of the administration misled Congress without ramification, Garamendi and other “safe district” politicians sit idly by and toe the party line.
Democrat, Republican or Independent, it is easy to see our core values as a community and as a nation are in peril.
This letter is a note of encouragement to those who would join me in questioning the status quo, by holding our member of Congress accountable and tossing aside habitual single-party voting. This new “Independents Movement” will empower all of us and cause our elected officials to compete for their job, hold to principle and perform boldly while in office.
Will you join me in this movement to revive the independent, principled spirit of our government, putting incumbents like Garamendi on notice that his career may end with the next election cycle? If you agree, send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sean H. Adams