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January 26, 2012

Elected Officials Should Get A Set

Joan Marie Aquilino

Pet peeves, we all have them. This week something has just been driven home with me and I can’t ignore it, or sweep it under the carpet any longer.


It really irks me that some elected officials don’t come down on one side or the other of an issue directly affecting their constituents and which needs to be dealt by of a firm stance or vote. You were elected on a platform that should have given people a good idea of where and what you stand for, yes? Isn’t that why we voted (or rather the majority) for you?


I certainly can understand withholding your opinion/stance on any subject that is new to give your time to reflect and research to fully vet the issue within the constituent base you hold. I get that part, but what sets me off is that an issue that has been vetted, been out there for not just months but years – even prior to your election – and you still don’t have a position. That is shirking your duty as a duly elected official. You were not put in office to have no opinions. You are not taking my tax dollars to pay your salary to have no opinion.


Those elected officials, who don’t know how to form an opinion, don’t need to be there. These officials, who can’t figure out what the majority wants, don’t need to be there. You do not hold office to pick and choose only what interests you and to promote yourself. You are not there to pander and say whatever it is you think ‘the people’ want to hear. You are there to do your due diligence and perform a function. That function is to serve those in your county, districts, state and country.


Over the years I’ve witnessed elected officials who just don’t show up for votes because they are afraid of the fall out. They talk and talk and talk and then produce nada. I can respect a differing opinion; but back it up with your facts and research. Explain and show the public why you feel the way you do, what harm it will cause them, if any, and present alternatives or options that fit the subject. Or, be prepared to explain why you support a proposal. Don’t spend all your time campaigning and pandering for the next election cycle.


Sometimes people catch on to what is happening, but they often do not. We are so busy – caught up in our daily lives (especially now) – in just getting from one day to the next, just surviving the next tax hike, new fee or regulation.


We don’t win every battle – and more often than not in a minority standing as Republicans are in this particular state we lose more than we gain. But idle chatter with no substance gets nothing.


Put the self-serving, self-promoting mirror-mirror-on-the-wall mirrors away and stand for something! I, for one, am sick and tired of being sick and tired of paper shufflers who do nothing more than that and promote only themselves instead of what is in our best interest. I’ll never agree with you all the time, but I sure will respect hard work, dedication and thoroughness of a job well done.


I’m going to keep this short and sweet and ask that elected official actually do the job they were elected to do, and that we voters pay attention to more than just snappy sound bites, looking further and asking candidates what they have done for me lately – not what they think they want to do; not what they plan to do; not what they started and didn’t finish, but what they actually accomplished.


If you don’t know enough to have an opinion, then go get one or get out of the way so someone else can do the job.


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This should be good!


. . . . .'til next time . . .


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