According to Professor Martin Gilens at Princeton University, professional politicians implement public policies favored by their big donors.
You aren't shocked? Unfortunately, many expect this from professional politicians, but you should be angry! The same research shows that the desires of ordinary, middle-class citizens, which are the majority of voters, are ignored by career politicians. The corrosive influence of professional politics and big money donors is a threat to our constitutional republic and undermines trust in government.
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The threat is not one particular 16-year career county commissioner but all of those professional politicians that listen only to their big donors and corporate cronies. Take the time to read the report for yourself (link to the right, above), or just click on Join Up!
The first three words of the Constitution of the United States are: "We the people...," but we are being ignored due to the corrosive influence of big donors on professional politicians.
Thirty-five years ago, when I graduated from West Point and accepted a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, I swore to uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies. That's why I'm running a grassroots campaign to serve the people of Hillsborough County District 2.
What can we do?
"We the people" need to get involved. Organized political groups that get involved in politics get their candidates elected and don't get ignored! We need citizens to run for office, not for a career, but to serve the people. We need to support those ordinary citizens that run for office.
We can make a difference!
I'm not a professional politician, and my campaign is relying on ordinary people, like you, getting involved: attending events, volunteering time, and making donations to fund my campaign.
I'm relying on you, and what's important to you will always be my priority when I defeat a 16-year career county commission and take my seat on the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.
"We the people" need to get involved in our elections, or we'll continue to get ignored.
Paid By Chris Paradies, Republican, for Hillsborough County Commission District 2