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Soup Bean Donating Member (757 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 10:43 PM
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29. I struggle in East Tennessee.
It's my home, my family, my roots. I somehow think differerntly than the rest, and a feel I must hide my true political leanings. I feel drawn to run for county commission or state rep, but my libertarian left leanings would be exposed for the church groups to see. I think I could get elected, but I'm afraid for what they might say about me that would embarass my dear, sweet family, who are the epitome of true, new testament Christians.

I would LOVE to run and debate issues. Iknow them all, and know the answer I would give. I just couldn't win, due mostly to motivated church groups and the local business machine. I would be branded forever in this town, and I'm too young to do that now....Now give me 10 more out.... :)

I think about this a lot. How can I best make an impact in a local, small southern community? How can I help people and make lives better? I want to participate in the process, but the Washington way of doing things has dribbled down to locals, where it's much more dangerous.

Ideas, guys? I swear I was a Baptist Preacher in a previous life...I got a story to tell....just don't think I can pull it off with the kinds of opinions I hold dear.
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