Election Today: What Difference Does It Make?

posted by John Baibak - 


I was out in the backyard Sunday pretending I was doing yard work and my neighbor asked who I thought was going to win a particular race on the Town Council.

“I couldn’t tell you who was running or what they stand for or whether they are good or bad or indifferent.  And does it really make a difference?”  Could you tell I was in a mood?

Back in the day when there was an election you will get the request for a lawn sign to put up on your property.  I don’t do that.  

But you most certainly would get a visit from the man or woman that was running for a particular office.

Apparently politicians don’t have the wherewithal, the energy or the care to ask for a vote.  They do what they have to do --usually the least possible that they can get by with.  Those of you that have gone door to door in your communities, you get it.

A question.  If they don’t care enough to go door to door and at least go through the motions, why should we think they have what it takes to do the job?

Some politicians do care.  Some will actually want you to know what they are doing.

Others just go through the motion.

In many communities, does it make a difference?  Does who you vote for mean something different whether you be a D or an R or an I?

If you are a politician, your job apparently is to spend money whether you have it or not.  Someone will disagree with that and all I will do to answer that is the one word “Connecticut.”

The job of a politician is not necessarily the public good but to get re-elected.  And although I have had the good fortune to know a lot of good people we call politicians, I also have met those who always make the wrong decision.

Will it ever change?

George Bernard Shaw said it best, I think, “He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”   

Enough said.

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)




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