A special message for all of candidates for legislative office:
We, the voters, do not vote for you because you are smarter than we are, though you may think you are! We do not vote for you to be our parent, though you may try to act like one!
We vote for you to be our representative, to speak and legislate according to the Constitution of the USA and according to our will, not yours. (In case you don’t remember the definition: a representative is “one who serves as a delegate or agent for another,” in other words, they don’t speak for themselves, they speak and act for the one they represent. And a representative government, which ours is, is “an electoral system where citizens vote to elect people to represent the citizens’ interests and concerns.”)
So, if and when you are elected and sworn into office, we expect you to represent your entire constituency, not just those who voted for you, not just those who gave you large donations, not just the leaders of your party.
If you are currently in office and want to get re-elected, then get back to the business of representing all of us rather than trying to control our lives. Do so even during the election season. I know you don’t want to hear this, but doing your job is more important than getting re-elected. And, if you’d do your job with excellence and actually accomplish something for the people who are paying your salary, your real employers, you wouldn’t have to convince anyone that you should be allowed another term in office.
Oh, and while I’m at it, will all of you, and the organizations running ads for or against candidates, please stop telling half-truths and outright lies. Focus on telling us what you are going to do, not how bad your opponent is! And, when and if you are elected/re-elected, keep those promises you make just like our current President, President Donald Trump has done!
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Until next time…”May the LORD bless and protect you…May He give you Shalom.” (Numbers 6:24-26)