The Executive and Judicial Too

The Executive and Judicial Too

Is your city or state perfect? Does it have great schools, low crime, great health care, and other attributes that reflect a great city? Most don’t, but we continue to elect executive branch leaders (Governors and Mayors) that refuse to make changes. They may tweak, but as to wholesale changes that may improve social constructs, no way. We continue to elect them or others just like them. In many instances, we promote them to a higher office. Why do we do this?

People simply don’t care.

The experts tell us name recognition is key. If they see a name they have seen before, they will vote for him/her. It is why prior office, and career politicians do so well. Unlike a legislator, some executive positions are better served by people who have managed people, but excluding this requirement, leadership and common sense are still the paramount qualities. Being on the school board does not provide a person with qualities to be a Mayor, but the name recognition might. Depending on the State, you might go from School Board to Public Service Commission and on to Secretary of State. If they like you, you can run for Governor. It is absurd.

People don’t care.

It is the same game with the Judicial folks. Run for probate judge and go from there. Look at our Judicial System, it is a farce. When a billionaire goes to a rub and tug (a problem in its own right) and is arrested and charged, but later has charges dropped. While the person rubbing and tugging is arrested, charged and convicted, people should be outraged.

People don’t care.

Look at something as simple as jury duty. While it has gotten a little better, it is still ridiculous. A letter arrives with instructions to go and sit in a room until we get ready to decide if you are worthy. If you have ever managed people, jury duty is a bane. A key employee may be out days or weeks. The employer has no say and neither does the potential juror. They can make a case to the judge, but unless it has changed since the last time I appealed, the response is usually, too bad, so sad. Show up or go to jail. People put up with it. I have a whole tirade on juries, but you get my point. Judges could schedule jury duty two years out. Joe Citizen has jury duty on May 8, 2023 and rules could be set he must inform his/her employer. Not hard, not rocket science.

People don’t care.

Elected officials in all branches of government will continue the trend in an effort to continue to get reelected. The more times they get reelected, the greater name recognition and the more opportunities to move up the ladder and increase the size of the fiefdom. Until people start to pay attention, the trend will continue and no substantive change will occur.

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