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  • Charles Gladle: Government policy can influence votes

  • If you are employed by the federal government or you are receiving unemployment benefits, workman’s compensation or a government pension, you may have been compromised. If you receive food stamps, rent subsides, child support, health care benefits, free cell phones, educational grants, etc., the government, in effect, can influence your vote.

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  • This is a terrible question to ask my fellow Americans. Could I be saying that the public, by and large, lacks the intelligence to be entrusted with the responsibility to vote in the next presidential election? Relax, because the answer is no. However, for many there is a fly in the ointment.
    If you are employed by the federal government or you are receiving unemployment benefits, workman’s compensation or a government pension, you may have been compromised. If you receive food stamps, rent subsides, child support, health care benefits, free cell phones, educational grants, etc., the government, in effect, can influence your vote.
    I’m worried about that part of our population who feel that they can’t or won’t “bite the government hand that feeds them.” I believe that it is a fact that many exhibit their appreciation by casting their ballot in support of those who give them this support. I feel that JFK’s words have been twisted to say, “ask not what you can do for your country, but what the country can do for you.”
    Today far too many not only accept but have come to expect and even demand more of this support. It is not totally their fault, but they have become the dependent partners of the government that in turn expects the favor be returned when you go to the ballot box.
    Now with an amnesty program for some 11 million illegal aliens looming, the government will produce even greater numbers who will require massive amounts of assistance when this becomes the law of the land. 
    Now add to this number those supporters of same sex marriage, the environmental zealots and some 18 million happy recipients who will fall under Obama’s blanket of health care, and now their appreciation for this will be proven in the way they vote.
    To this growing number we must add the labor and civil service and teachers unions along with all the true blue socialists. Then take measure of the combined lack of real knowledge in voters today and shazam — there you have it. This is America’s new majority.  
    The deck is stacked against us, and our government is holding all the cards. Our future has been sold out, and we have been slapped with the gauntlet. Well, do we pick it up or adopt a defeatist attitude and just say there is nothing we can do? I accept the challenge and I hope you will too so we can begin to take our country back no matter what it takes.
    Charles Gladle lives in Rushville.
     
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