You Elect Them
Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been in the news a lot lately, but so have other social justice causes supported by elected officials. Various school boards have been showcased in support/opposition to CRT. Parents, also known as voters, appear surprised, even outraged that these elected officials support or oppose CRT (or other topics de jour). Why, they elected them.
Look at the slate of candidates in your area, what do you know about them? Do they support personal responsibility and if so, how do they show it? What is their platform and how do they hope to achieve its defined goals? I know I have mentioned this before but people seem mystified at the radicalness of some candidates. Much of the focus goes to Congressional candidates but many of these policies start at the local level. School boards are an excellent example.
School board seats are often treated as training grounds for new candidates. The parties use these seats to see if the candidate will log the miles and perform the grunt work so often associated with elected positions. It is a vetting process to see if they are well received and can “sway” populations with their personalities and “glad handing”. It is a testing ground. It is an effort to see if they will follow party leaders’ direction, or tell these same leaders to pound sand.
How about Public Utilities Commission, Agriculture, Treasurer and others. Do you have any idea who these people are or the platforms they support? In many cases, these people are career public servants who use their name recognition to flitter from one elected position to another (a pro, or con, depending on your viewpoint, of term limits). This name recognition, not other attributes, is what gets them elected. It is not their innovative approach, managerial prowess, academic knowledge or impressive resume or background that places them in office, its party support and name credit. It does remove some of the mystery of why our leadership is lacking.
Other elected positions are also stepping stones. Get elected to State Auditor or Attorney General and all of sudden, you have what it takes to be a governor or a member of Congress. I am not sure if these positions are better, or worse, than some of our current members (e.g. Bartenders lawyers, and retired football coaches).
We have to elect different people if we want things done differently. As I have stated in previous posts, we need a different way to introduce candidates, and their corresponding platforms, to the voting public; we can no longer depend on party czars. It should be about the platform, not name association. How many people knew any of the Supreme Court Justices’ before they were nominated. If we trust Congress to examine them, a system can be put in place for the citizenry to assess potential candidates. Please don’t act surprised, dismayed, or offended when elected officials support bad policies. In our system of government, they are elected by you.