Where We Are Today
This morning I discovered an article informing us that Congressional Democrats are avoiding any form of Town Hall Meeting with their constituents. For each individual public servant who makes that decision we are seeing a confession. That is an individual who is admitting they’ve failed to live up to the expectations of their boss. They have been treacherous, disloyal, and ineffective.
Avoiding contact with their employers, and each voter who voted for them is their employer, is an admission of their treachery. They can’t look their boss in the eye and discuss their performance. The voters sent them to office to advocate for the voter, they were sent to represent the voter, but they didn’t have the integrity or the courage to do what was expected of them. They voted for bills that were not in the best interested of their constituents, they voted for bills that the electorate didn’t want. They allowed party hacks and special interests to decided how they should vote.
Avoiding the people they represent should be a criminal offense. We pay them to represent us, we pay them to look out for our interests, but they don’t feel the obligation to take care of us. They allow themselves to be influenced by others. They do it because they can. They do it because they get reelected. Not enough of us understand what is important.
When a baseball team starts to have trouble a good coach will fall back to fundamentals. When you improve the fundamental, basic elements of a game you improve your overall performance. The fundamentals that need improvement are, integrity, honor, honesty, and simplicity. When I say these things people tell me that I’m just naïve. I always answer that I’m not naive, I’m right. We deserve honest men and women in office, we deserve men and women with integrity. We deserve candidates who tell the truth and live by what they promise. The fact that integrity in office is so rare isn’t the fault of the liars and thieves in office. It’s our fault for putting them in office. We voted them in and we should vote them out.
I’m not naïve because I expect decency and honesty from those I vote for. I’m right to set that as the standard I expect. Apparently there aren’t enough people who think like I do and set the bar higher than it’s been set before. Just because I’m in the minority and my expectations are high, doesn’t make me naïve, it still makes me right. I just have to convince more of you to set higher standards too and vote on character and not on smoke and mirrors. We will get more integrity in office as we vote out more and more of the least desirable candidates and more and more honorable people.
Liars lie, cheaters cheat, those are facts of life. A candidate who lies in the campaign will lie after they are elected. Individuals who didn’t accomplish anything meaningful in life won’t achieve anything meaningful in office. An umpire recently made a bad call and cost a pitcher a perfect game. It was a bad call made by a good man. The umpire looked at the facts realized what happened and made public statements that he was wrong and gave no excuses other then he blew the call. I would rather have an umpire who is honest call the game and risk another mistake, than to have an umpire who refuses to comment on the situation or deny his mistake. Integrity counts, honesty counts.
What’s important in the upcoming elections are who the candidate is. Can they be trusted to do what the campaign on? Will they do in office what they say they will do as the convince me to vote for them? Knowing they can be trusted to represent their voter is a critical element in the decision process. Integrity is important, past sins can be forgiven, after we know the facts. I want to be represented by individuals who want to be public servants, not someone who is looking for a pay day for getting elected. I want someone who wants to serve the public and then get out of town. Career public servants should only serve time in our correctional facilities not our houses of government. Serve two terms and step aside and let someone else show us how honest and reliable they can be.
Self Imposed term limited a key to good government. Isn’t that one of the lessons we learned from George Washington?
Vote the Bums Out,