On This Sunday: Only one so far?

On This Sunday, I’m glad the midterm elections are finally behind us. The results were truly disappointing and I won’t miss any of that.

When it comes to the racial composition of congressional leaders, among the Asian-Pacific Americans that currently serve or have served in Congress, only one was Korean-American — Rep. Jay Kim, a Republican who represented a district in Diamond Bar, Los Angeles County from 1993 to 1999. Makes sense since Diamond Bar has a significant concentration of Korean-Americans along with the L.A. area being home to the largest Korean population outside the two Koreas.

Unless someone beats me to it within the next ten to twenty years, I hope to be the second Korean-American to serve in Congress as well as the first Democrat in the legislative body. It could likely be a district in California or some other state that I may find myself in down the line. Wherever it happens, I would be honored to make a difference on many levels.

Have a wonderful week, America.


Election 2010: The Stakes are High for Everyone

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Tomorrow, voters across the country will march to their local polling precincts to cast their ballots in what will become one of the most important elections in modern history.

With unemployment rates still high and the economy slow to recover, it is no surprise voters are angry and frustrated at politicians for failing to do enough to help turn things around. In tough times like this, people look for someone to blame and the easy targets are elected officials, especially those who make a career out of it.

This election is a referendum on elected leaders, both on the Republican side and Democratic side.

Polls show that the Republicans are poised for massive gains in the House as well as making some gains in the Senate and elsewhere. The huge gains in the House and Senate that helped expand the Democrats’ majority in 2006 and 2008 will undoubtedly be marginalized, owing to President Barack Obama’s low approval ratings. If the Democrats lose their majority, the next two years will be the toughest for President Obama as it will be harder for him to do his job with a Republican majority and a Democratic minority in Congress.

Even though I’m a registered independent that mainly votes Democrat, I’m not going to tell anyone how to vote. I’ve publicly expressed support for certain candidates and ballot propositions but I will let you make your own decisions.

However, I will implore you to do one thing and one thing only: vote.

Tomorrow, march to your local polling precinct and cast your ballot for the candidates and initiatives that you believe will help your community and country prosper. Not to sound like a Teabagger but by voting, you will send a message to elected officials locally, statewide and nationwide that the voters hold the ultimate power to hold them accountable for their actions in office and can just as easily throw them out of office if they are doing a lousy job.

Regardless of the outcome of the elections, America will recover from these tough times and better days are still ahead. No single party or ideology is right nor has the best answers or solutions. It is only by weathering these tough times and staying positive that we can all see a robust recovery and a better tomorrow. It may be difficult to do but that’s the only way we’ll get through it.