A co-founder of Voters In Power, I am a baby boomer whose values have been shaped by the many historical events that took place as I grew up. Among them were the civil rights and women’s movements and the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Suddenly and forever, people I believed in were taken away. That we as a country could allow this to happen was a great disillusionment for me.
The Vietnam War protests and riots on campuses across the country got me politically involved for the first time in my life. Men and women of my generation showed up in great numbers to face off with government. It was exhilarating and liberating to stand up for peace and to feel part of a much larger cause. In the end, the war came to a close and a President who chose to support it decided not to seek re-election. From this I learned that people gathered together for a common cause can impact government in profound ways.
Watergate and President Nixon’s resignation confirmed my suspicions about big government out of control. To this day, I believe in being skeptical of big government. By exercising my power as a citizen, voter, and constituent I help keep big government in line while protecting the basic rights of all of us. Now, more than ever before, it’s important for each of us to keep our skepticism, question those we voted into office, and let them know how we feel. That’s why we are bringing this website to you. By joining our community you’re taking a stand for honest, ethical governing.