There appears to be no end to the general dissatisfaction felt by hard-working Americans toward their federal level representatives. Both houses of Congress have repeatedly passed very unpopular legislation (such as health care and the many bailout bills) despite the vocal objections of those they have been sent to represent. At almost any gathering place in our area you overhear comments and conversations about how out of touch those in D.C. are with real Americans. But we rarely elect candidates that even attempt to make a difference for the average citizen's benefit. One wonders why?
It's obvious with all the grass-roots groups that have cropped up in the past several years that many people are convinced they must be actively engaged or face serious effects on their lives and livelihoods. But the "party" establishment and mass media stand in the way of getting people to D.C. that actually represent us. For instance, nothing is being done to promote knowledge of the choices we have in the primary election here in Missouri on Aug. 3.
Many people aren't aware that most races are actually won or lost in the primary. We have viable candidates who are not "D.C. insiders" running for positions that affect our district and our nation, but few know they are out there. In the 8th District on the Republican ticket, we have incumbent JoAnn Emerson against Bob Parker, a constitutional conservative. In the statewide Republican Senate primary, we have establishment Rep. Roy Blunt against the proven fiscal conservative State Sen. Chuck Purgason. These candidates share the same party but have very strong and important differences on policies.
If papers don't print articles about the people running for these positions, how is a voter to make informed choices and understand how important the primary election is in the overall equation? We need true representation. The only way we can get it is to have an informed electorate voting in the primary.
Kim McMullin lives in Poplar Bluffs.