Support the Best Qualified Candidates For Office

I’ve buttered my family’s bread neither as a career politician nor a high-paid reader of tele-prompters, but as a scientist and collegiate lecturer, who devoted 26 years of DEP service to the protection of the people and ecology of Connecticut and southern New England.  The medallion awarded me in 2005 by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT for my role in saving the Subase from the BRAC commission (largely because of existing contamination) is just one of many testaments to the importance of that kind of knowledge in solving our varied problems.  Naturally, I conclude that voters should put a high premium on candidate’s qualifications come November.  This is no time for slogans or “nice” people, who sound best in form while ducking the questions.  Neither will we be served by blind loyalties to political parties and meaningless partisan dogma.  We need people in Congress who are activists, not rubber stamps for earmarks, bad policies, misdirection and a dysfunctional status quo.  We’re in big trouble in America, and the systemic changes necessary to save our country require progressive politics.  History has shown us, furthermore, that such political reformations will never come from inside the existing, corporately controlled two-party establishment.  Indeed, unfettered corporate power is the #1 threat to America these days.  Bear in mind that the new corporate ascendancy has created dozens of global companies larger than most national economies.  Corporations have become private governments to which our democrat and republican congressmen have become electoral sycophants.  The two moneyed parties are the parties of failure and the expectation of failed memories.  Their approach is as old as imperialism, muttonchops beards and McKinley.  Candidates, who refuse to publicly acknowledge that fact, do not deserve our vote.  Such votes would be wasted.

The world is changing faster than our incremental, two-party Congress can adapt to it.  Science moves even faster, and policy makers, who lack scientific training and the knowledge which accompanies it, are a national liability, especially when they rely on questionable sources of information, often skewed to corporate agendas, for remedial assistance.  Special interest distortions and misrepresentations of science are prevalent these days, and that should anger all but the perpetrators themselves.  Only it is never enough to be angry.  Anger, without reason and sound judgment to channel it, only adds to the confusion, and confusion always helps the powerful.  Consequently, bombastic demagogues can easily fan such anger into a conflagration which consumes our rational thought.  Failed artists and mad monks have attained political power that way with disastrous results.  I ask you, instead, to focus your rage into 20/20 foresight and a thorough evaluation of all the candidates’ qualifications.  Think of the issues: climate change, stem cell research, creating Green jobs and alternative/renewable energy, GMOs and the threat of “monocrops” (a.k.a. green deserts) from transgenic contamination, food-borne bacterial illnesses and deaths, pandemics, affordable health care accessible to all, oceanic oil pollution, applying natural selection to Wall Street, sustainable local agriculture, zero-waste manufacturing.    We don’t need fat cats in Congress, groomed and pampered by special interest campaign donations.  We need alley cats, tough and determined, with degrees in the biological sciences.


Scott Deshefy is Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 2nd CT Congressional District


G. Scott Deshefy, 213 Hoxie Road, Lebanon, CT 06249  tele: 860-642-7066

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