Words Mean Things Some More
I just read an article condemning the use of harsh words and accusations used in political discourse. The use of derogatory terms such as Tea Bagger, Liberal, Right Wing Fanatic, Fringe Lunatic, or Elected Empty Suit just inflame emotions and don’t add to an intelligent discussion of the issues. I do agree that these terms and the emotions behind them do demonstrate the level of frustration and do not address the issues specifically.
Words do mean things and the voting public is not as well schooled about what words they should care about and which ones they should not. The first words that we should pay close attention to are, Yes and No. Questions should be presented to candidates for public office that can be answered with a yes or a no. A candidate’s reluctance to answer any question with a yes or a no indicates that the candidate does not want to be pinned down to any position on any issue.
To Dance is another word we must pay close attention to in our political candidates. A reluctance to answer yes or no to a question indicates a desire on the part of the candidate to do a tap dance around an honest answer. “Will you promise to vote against any spending that is for special interests or for individual members of this legislative body?” The correct answer to that question is a loud clear YES without a hint of hesitation. Any other answer or a perceptible hesitation indicate the candidate is too stupid to understand the mindset of the electorate, or is considering how to lie to us and not get caught. Either situation is a disqualifier.
Integrity is a very important word. Integrity didn’t start today, it started about the time that candidate came out of diapers and will last until a period of time after they go back into some Depends. Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty is the dictionary definition of Integrity. A glance at the past history of a candidate must show they have lived a life of integrity all of his or her lives. Integrity doesn’t kick in right after the election, we have to expect our elected officials to have some experience prior to us voting for them. A candidate who will lie and cheat on a spouse will lie and cheat to the person who votes for them.
Privacy is another important word. A candidate or a politicians personal life (sex life) may not be any of my business, but the character of a candidate is my business. I don’t need to know the details of the activity conducted behind the locked hotel room door, but I do need to know that you are in there with a person of legal age who is not obligated to be faithful to someone other than the candidate. A single candidate who cheats with someone else’s spouse is not a person of integrity. Are you beginning to think I’m a prude? No, I’m not. I’ll peek through the windows to see what’s happening just for the pure thrill of it, but integrity covers a lot of ground. And a politician who cheats on a spouse or cheats with someone else’s spouse cannot be trusted to be honest. The sexual act is a matter of privacy, but your disrespect to your spouse or another person’s spouse is a matter of integrity and it is our business.
Weasel words are bad words and should not be accepted. A weasel word is any word or phrase that opens a door for the candidate to tap dance. Integrity requires that they owe their loyalty to the voter. Reality expects them to owe a higher loyalty to the campaign contributors who pay large sums of money for the candidates to use to lie, mislead, and perform some magic tricks with to get elected because the voters have trouble understanding the words used by candidates. What we see is not what we get. When their lips are moving they are lying. Yes and no should be the standard we let them use. They will be under pressure from the party bosses who need their vote and the special interests who think they own them. The weasel words they use are an attempt to wiggle out of an obligation to us the voters. We can’t accept them and we can’t forgive a temporary lapse of judgment on their part.
In a moment of poor judgment or a minor mistake would lead to a poor underage alien goat to become pregnant. That underage alien goat is not a little bit pregnant she is very pregnant. Actions have consequences. A minor misstep in integrity must result is a recall from office or at worst voted out of office immediately. We are the voter, we hold you accountable. Put your loyalty in someone else and you are part of the process of our taxes being raised or our money being misspent, you must pay the price thorough an election. You don’t deserve to be trusted. Out you go!
Vote the Bums Out,