Sunday, May 26, 2013

MORT’s meanderings

Only the serious need apply.
In every news cycle, that’s 60-minutes of every hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and all 52 weeks in every year – we are bombarded with stories that defy rational explanation.  All too often, they are incredulous.
An inordinate proportion of these news items have to do with our duly-elected public officials and our elected representatives at all levels of government.  Or, they involve activists who worked to get them voted into office.  Or, wannabee candidates who are organizing their campaigns and beating the bushes for endorsements & funding, with a view toward winning support in the upcoming election cycle.
Stories of fraud and abuse in the handling of public funds (our tax money) abound. Stories of nepotism, cronyism, old-boy networks, gay & lesbian connections, buddy systems and ethnic cliques in government at all levels, give ample proof of the stunning  prevalence of widespread political corruption.  It is enough to make one’s skin crawl.  
The idea of becoming an elected public official appeals to primarily, two categories of people:   Those who want to serve the public good; and those who want to serve themselves, for good.
We need serious people who are motivated by the principles upon which this country was founded.  There are examples of corruption and malfeasance from those elected to  the least powerful posts in small rural communities – to local and State offices – to Senate and House seats in the Congress - to the highest elected office, the Presidency.  
Unfortunately, we can put names – lots of names – to seriously corrupt, seriously inept, seriously unqualified, seriously unfit and seriously un-serious people - who currently hold far too many of these positions.     
There is a mid-term election looming dead ahead.  Let us, each of us, do our part in making damned certain that the people we accept as candidates are serious.  Let us, each of us, make damned certain that we arm ourselves with verified information about those who would represent us.  And, let us be damned serious about sending the right people to represent us at City Hall and in the halls of our FedGov in Washington, D.C.
MORT KUFF  © 4-3-2013

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