From My Side Of The Mountain

It Appears That Politicians Are getting that for which they’ve been asking; yea, verily begging for-a turned off electorate…. should be… verily begging for–a turned off electorate. Peruse any newspaper, listen to any television news-related broadcast covering politics, and the same old refrain is coming from the vote-seekers: people aren’t interested in politics anymore.

Even here in North Alabama, the lowest level for Federal Elective Office, nominee for the Fifth District of the U.S. House of Representatives, the tune is the same…. should be… Even here in North Alabama,with nominees for the Fifth District of the U.S. House of Representatives, the tune is the same.

Even the candidates whose basic premise is to return power to the people seem to be more ignored than a Women’s Christian Temperance Union representative at the Brewmaster’s Picnic. Even when a mixed bag of aspiring office holders get together in one place, the participants often out number the attendees.

In Huntsville and Madison County during the past few weeks, there have been forums for the candidates to lay out their plan, the only and irrefutable way, to save the city, county, Congressional District, etc. It has become a rule of thumb that if the audience outnumbered the speakers, the number wasn’t enough to start a good barbershop quartet singing competition.

Out of this there has risen a concern every serious mainstream candidate expresses: if the average citizen doesn’t start taking his voting responsibilities seriously, we are going to end up with the government we deserve: an ultraliberal system that will make Sweden look like a government designed by John D. Rockefeller, or an archconservative theocracy that will make Iran appear to be the principle of tolerance.

So it’s all the voters fault. Right? We are just too lazy to put forth the effort to be come well informed so we can vote the way we believe. We just ignored the sacrifice and endless hours the candidates have put forth to save us and provide a paradise for our children. Not Quite Let’s take a brief look at some of the pap the aspiring officeholders expect a reasonably intelligent electorate to evaluate and make a decision on how to vote.

There is, for example, the debate over who created the largest tax increase in our country’s history: Reagan or Clinton. I’ve seen all kinds of irrelevant figures, but not one side-by-side, particularly one that includes all the fee and licence increases. Because of this lack of data, I do not know who is guilty; but this I do know-I sure miss all of the deductions I used to get for interest, sales tax, etc.

Then there is the candidate who is running for his five grandchildren. That’s fine, but what about the rest of us. I’m sure our requirements will differ from those of a millionaire’s grandchildren.

There is also the candidate who wants us to believe he is a hard working, local fellow with a local job, probably for most of his life. Evidently, the voters are supposed to be oblivious to the fact that two years ago, he arrived in town after being an investment banker in Washington D.C., and that his family background, local and by marriage, is hardly Huntsville average.

Then there is the almost-not incumbent, who either because of lackadaisical attitude, self complacency, and innate laziness, almost stayed in Huntsville two years ago. Of course now that he seems to be listening to his constituency, he is, according to his opponents, at the least, wishy washy, never to be trusted.

There is also the candidate who wants us to believe he is a hard working, local fellow with a local job, probably for most of his life. Evidently, the voters are supposed to be oblivious to the fact that two years ago, he arrived in town after being an investment banker in Washington D.C., and that his family background, local and by marriage, is hardly Huntsville average.

Then there is thealmost-not incumbent, who, either because of lackadaisical attitude, self complacency, and innate laziness, almost stayed in Huntsville two years ago. Of course now that he seems to be listening to his constituency, he is, according to his opponents at the least, wishy washy, never to be trusted.

Of course, there is the potential officeholder that sends out selective mailings telling selected recipients that we have to hang together to keep the rest of the bums from ruining our lifestyle. Naturally, the non recipients don’t know that they are in the wrong class, the wrong part of town; i.e.,unless there is a mistake. There was this time. His computer hiccupped, and a letter went to the wrong side of town. The slightly amazed recipient is still wondering what to do with it.

What candidate would I vote for? Simple, the one who tells me that after he gets to where he is going, understands the job, and grasps all the pertinent facts, will vote as I would under the same conditions.