Organizations like the National Rifle Association, the Goldwater Institute, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee all exert an unearned influence on the politics and policies of our country and state.
It seems like too many of our lawmakers are like lemmings to the sea in that they follow the dictates and/or mandates from these organizations rather than the desires and needs of the people that elected them. Independent voters would do well to study the candidates, the issues, and these organizations before casting their ballots. What seems to be good for these organizations is not necessarily good for our country and/or state.
The only way it seems that we, the electorate, can neutralize the undue influence exerted by the organizations mentioned above is to be informed, vigilant, and savvy when voting for or against certain candidates and issues.
The Preamble of the Constitution says, “We, the people of the United States” — not We, the organizations of the United States.
Richard K. Meszar