Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Thin Skin Politicos

I've often been surprised with the thin skin of most politicos. You'd think in order to get elected that most of them would have had to deal with some level of criticism. However, a lot of our public officials just simply cannot take criticism of any kind. I think that one of the biggest problems we have, no matter what level of government, is that officials do not fully understand the impact of their decisions, or how those decisions effect real people. 

Whether it's your local officials or higher level, every decision that an official makes has an effect on people. We would hope that more people were positively affected than negatively. However, with most laws, they seem to only benefit a few, and negatively affect the majority. We must remember that the Constitution applies to every American citizen, not just those who make large campaign contributions, or someone's buddy or brother-in-law.

Whenever you point out these blatant failures, the officials act you said something bad about their mama. While I realize that nobody likes to admit they've failed. They also cannot get any better unless they admit their faults. Making bad decisions on the podium is kind of like alcoholism, you have to first be willing to admit you have a problem, before you can begin a recovery plan. 

I have often said that if you don't like being treated like an idiot, then quit being an idiot.  Officials pass a law or ordinance that takes away people's property rights, peace and quiet, or in some instances their livelihood. However, when you speak out on these failures, the public officials act like you're the problem not them. Unfortunately, many of our public servants have either never learned or forgotten what public service is all about. They also seem to have forgotten who they work for.

Too many times I have seen elected officials make a mess, and when there's backlash for their failures, they simply walk away from the mess and leave it for someone else to clean up.  This not only shows lack of leadership, but is irresponsible and leaves our towns and cities under control of those who are only out to benefit themselves, not the community.  Whether the job is paid or not, you have an obligation to clean up the messes you create, or better yet, don’t make a mess to begin with. 

It also seems that many of our officials, won't own the decisions they've made, but rather make excuses for their poor decision making.  When they're confronted, they immediately take the role of the victim. However, for the most part the unsuspecting citizen who's had their lives impacted is the true victim. I know that most people who serve in public office, really want to do the right thing.  Unfortunately, some are either unwilling or unable to truly understand the impacts of what they’re voting on.  This practice of voting blind has got to stop, and we can no longer accept the excuse that they didn’t know or understand what they were voting for.  We have too many “I didn’t know” laws and ordinances in America.  If you don’t fully understand, either learn about it or vote no.  

I hope that everyone remembers that it's our jobs as citizens to correct our public officials whenever the need arises.  I also hope our public officials remember what their job really is and who they work for.  We also must remember that public officials are not usually the victims.  As a public official, I listen to everyone, not just to pacify them, but really listen to them. I may not agree with them, but I do truly listen.  Whether they voted for me or not, or are even a constituent, I listen.  I have found in most cases that means a lot to people.  We will all make mistakes, but true leaders accept and learn from those mistakes and work hard to not make them again. 

1 comment:

  1. Sadly, Aubrey Council does not take time to read the documents they make motions to approve. If they did, some of them may not understand what they are reading. Embarrassment is a terribly strong and detrimental emotion. I have never heard them ask the Attorney, please explain this to me and how will it obligate the citizens, or how much could it cost the taxpayers. Clearly some councilmen just vote in-line or as they are told, without any thought or reflection on the item. I wish they would recognize that being blind to the contents is no excuse for voting for illegal laws or a defense to protect the city from law suits. (Note: Embarrassment is number one cause of death among choking victims. Nearly all victims of choking in public places are found alone in the restrooms, because they are ashamed to make a scene in a public area, where help is available.) Think about it. Aubrey is choking in debt, because our council men are afraid to ask questions before thy vote.