Politicians Need To Pay Attention

29 06 2008

Vibinc has a question:

The point of all this is, politicians are supposed to be criticized, compared and contrasted, that’s how they get the job. When suddenly, the politician translates these core principles of the election process as personal attacks, you gotta ask yourself why. Are they more married to their positions, or their position in office?

It’s a good one.

Occasionally I have a politician say, “Are you going to put that on that bloggy thing of yours?”

Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don’t. It always amazes me when someone runs for office, they are very accessible. Then during their time in office, when we are trying to find them, it’s like chasing down Bigfoot.

Then, the process starts again.

On the other hand, if we say anything critical, there can be a subtle psychological push of “a misunderstanding.” There’s no misunderstanding. There are questions that just deserves answers even if the answer is “I don’t know.”

It’s not an attack, as Vibinc writes. It’s either just questions or utilizing our voices in trying to understand what’s actually going on.

Not every politician I know is thin-skinned. But I do find many of them find they aren’t listening or watching their districts. Creating task forces is a waste of time if they continue to put the same people on these “committees” who are going to tell them what they want to hear.

The issue comes down, for me at least, that things are rapidly changing in this country. Flooding, higher gas costs with no way for some citizens to pay the increases, higher food costs, and hell, the North pole ice caps are melting (Tim Chavez has more on this) not to mention that the recent flooding is going to have long-term economic effects on several states.

Are those elected officials paying attention? Or are they working on their spin for the next election?

Are they above answering questions that affecting citizens?

The answer is no they are not.

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30 06 2008
Truth : Post Politics: Political News and Views in Tennessee

[…] speaks some: It always amazes me when someone runs for office, they are very accessible. Then during their time […]

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