Commentary

Vote in general election but make it ‘count’

I ’ve noticed that our state attorney general Greg Abbott has resurrected the early American patriotic symbol

“Don’t Tread on Me,” depicting a coiled snake.

In recent times the so called “ Tea Party” has conjured up images of the pre-revolutionary times when colonists protested by dumping tea into Boston harbor rather than pay taxes that they felt were unfair

Any time we Americans feel that our personal r ights or interests are being disregarded by those in office, we tend to get a involved or at least get loud and to let our feelings be heard.

Otherwise most of us generally stay out of politics or get complacent and let somebody else take care of things for us.

Well, these days there seems to be quite a bit of involvement out there again.

I’m not going to speculate as to the reasons why, I’ll leave it to you to fill in between the lines. Let me just say that as election day rolls around once again and early voting begins this week, it goes without saying that voting is no doubt the 204527A01most important responsibility of every one of us eligible

Americans. But it’s not only our responsibility to vote, it’s our responsibility to vote responsibly. By that I mean we need to get our head into what we’re doing when we vote.

Let me illustrate. What I’ve tried to do as county judge is to do my best to run the county’s business in a responsible way, particularly financially.

Obviously I’m not perfect. But in your opinion, am I cutting it or not? As voters, each one of us needs to make as informed a decision as we can on each candidate based on performance, not on campaign rhetoric.

By the way, that’s why I try to make as much county information as possible available to you in meetings, on our web site, and so on. What’s best for our county?

The acid test for every candidate should be, “Is this candidate running, or likely to run, that department or job in a responsible way, including financially.”

If not, they should not be elected. We simply cannot have inefficient government at any level, from county judge to president.

We as citizens shouldn’t put up with it. Those of us that run for public office (or that apply for a public job for that matter) need to have the attitude expressed by John F. Kennedy when he took office when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

We as voters must police this with our vote. That’s why our vote is so important.

The ultimate disgrace is the voter who votes for a candidate based on what that candidate has promised to do for them in the way of welfare programs, government handouts, or other forms of personal favors or gain.

Obviously what I have said here is my personal opinion and you are free to agree or disagree.

But to me we ought to make our vote count for something besides our own self interest; make it count for the future of our county, make it count for the future of our country. dbarkemeyer@milamcounty.net


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