I read in the paper…… Now, I know what you are thinking. I’m a little leery of this news media thing myself. Remember “Dewey defeats Truman”, “Castro will be the answer in Cuba” and “Elvis is not dead”. But this one is so outlandish, idiotic and unreasonable that it must be correct.
It was a report stating that the House Republican Committee has collected in the first quarter of 2014, thirty-one million dollars to elect and/or re-elect their party members to the U. S. House of Representatives in the fall races. I was shaking my head in disbelief even before I got down to the last sentence; they were still behind the Democratic Committee by nine million or so!
Ye, gads! No wonder the cost of toilet paper and running shoes have gone out the ceiling. You think these corporate sponsors are paying this ransom money out of their own pockets? No way. They charge an extra penny, or five, per soda can so we get to pay it! And this story doesn’t turn out exactly like Cinderella or “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”. As soon as the candidates are officially “in”, they raise taxes or institute a user fee or lower Medicare……and we get to pay some more.
Seventy-one million dollars between the two parties and we’ve still got six months to go before the elections. You watch the price of toothpaste, gasoline and dog food carefully in the next few months. Money will be thrown around like tick powder at a bloodhound convention. Will Rogers said almost a hundred years ago, “We’ve got the best congress money can buy.” Of course, ole Will was trying to be funny!
I’m old enough to remember when seventy-one million dollars was a lot of money.
Republicans stumping in Oklahoma, North Dakota and Georgia will bring up Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Regan. The Democrats will answer by pointing to Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy. The problem is these new guys are talking about, referring to and setting up as examples these political leaders from the past…….I don’t see any around today actually emulating them!
Why don’t we just drop all pretenses and let the guy who raises the most money have the job! It would save time and effort at the polls. We wouldn’t get bogged down with issues, causes, content or divergent styles. No voter would have to make a choice that he, or she, doesn’t feel good about. The candidate with the most cash would win out over the lesser of two evils.
Many would have you to believe that unlimited spending to win a congressional seat has become the truth, the justice and the American way!
It was not always so. I don’t think we even voted for people back when I was a lad. Mr. Y. D. Moore was the mayor of our little town forever. I never saw a billboard with his name on it. I don’t remember him ever coming around soliciting funds……before, during or after his time in office. He never to my knowledge made a speech of any kind. I also don’t remember anyone unemployed, hungry or shuffling around without a place to stay. Hot meals and running water were near ’bout universal in our neck of the woods. We had no street shootings, Ponzi schemes, muggings or families airing their disagreements up on the town square. We did have little league teams with real uniforms, a Fourth of July parade with free watermelons and a Halloween carnival to beat the band.
If Mr. Y. D. ever actually ran for the job, how could you not vote for him!
I don’t know if the Police Chief was an elected position or not. Mr. Aaron Pinson kept the peace with a smile and a nod. If you could get his attention after the movie, he’d drive you home in the police car. When someone jokingly “borrowed” the light off that car, he didn’t put nobody in jail. He had a deputy named Jim Dick Crews that helped me out tremendously one night when I got confused and parked in front of the wrong girl’s house. Mr. Crews wasn’t mad at us for being teenagers. He actually seemed to enjoy us. I kinda hate that I never got to vote for either of those guys.
The school district had board members like Mr. Jim Alexander, Mr. James Williams, Dr. O. C. Wells and Mr. Aaron Bradfield; men that we all knew and respected. And men that had children enrolled in the system. You talk about a vested interest! It was no coincidence that we had the absolute best schools in all of West Tennessee.
I had no clue as to the political party affiliation of any of our local officials. You talk about a non issue. And rest assured that none on them put up seventy-one million to obtain their office. But you can’t imagine the dedicated and unselfish work they must have put in. Look how we all turned out!
Maybe you don’t need such a big billboard when you’ve invested your life in the area you wish to serve and you rule with your heart, not someone else’s checkbook.