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Gaylon Kent: Leading the charge for change

Gaylon Kent/For Steamboat Today







As usual, there are no shortage of issues this election season. 

Only one matters, however: are you and I – we the people – going to continue to accept the status quo or are we going to substantively change the way we are governed?

Because we need to do something. America cannot survive perpetual war and mindless debt with impunity, and I believe our once-proud nation will collapse before this half-century is out if we don't do something. 

Let's be honest, if we are expecting any Republican or Democrat to change anything we are deluding ourselves. The best indicator of future performance is past performance and all they have delivered is a fractured, partisan and bickering mess. To expect them to deliver anything else is folly. 

The good news is the solution to our problems looks us in the mirror every morning. I've always believed that you and me — we, the people — deciding we are entitled to better is all this country needs to produce a nation we can be proud of. 

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The government we want is never farther away than the next election. 

It's not going to be easy. It's human nature to stick with the familiar, even if it's not serving us well. It will take courage to cast the status quo aside but if not us who, and if not now, when?

It's a question that has been asked since time immemorial, and it as relevant today as ever. We are not going to have the government we deserve without participating and demanding citizens. 

We must have an America at peace. We have been at war continuously since 1989, and the dividends are a violent world and a violent country. What if we had been at peace continuously since 1989? What kind of world would we have? It's time to find out. Our planet and country are entitled to see the world produced by an America at peace. 

We must have an economy anchored in low taxes and free markets. 

We must have an America that does not convict the innocent. 

More than anything, we must have empowered America voters holding our elected leaders accountable. 

We must do that now. America cannot continue with perpetual war and mindless debt with impunity. It will result in the end of the America experiment. We will be tossed aside the scrap heap of history with, among others, the Soviet Union and the Roman Empire. 

Our government, as always, is in our hands and it's up to us, you and me — we, the people — to make something good happen on Nov. 8. 

It's time for us to accept the challenge of making our government right. The only obstacle is us. 

I'll lead the charge. Let's go.

Gaylon Kent is the Libertarian candidate running for U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.