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   As the typing exercise goes, “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party”, now is the time. It does not matter what party you affiliate yourself with, be it liberal, conservative, independent, tea, or cookies this is your shot.

   Once every two years we the people have something the politicos want. We have a vote, or in the case of certain areas where there is a large Irish population, the old saw of, “Vote early, vote often”, applies. Remember, the pint of whiskey and the $5 bill is just a way of saying, ‘Thank you for doing your civic duty’ by the local ward boss. It is not a bribe.

   What I am urging is for you to get out, track down the candidates, attend the so-called, ‘Town Hall/Open Forum’ meetings and hold their feet to the fire. I am not suggesting you take along a bag of rotten tomatoes. You could heave an entire salad bar at some of these people and they won’t get hit by so much as a crouton. However, this is the one opportunity you shouldn’t pass up.

   There are a few things you should know about these meetings. They are designed to be completely controlled by the speaker. He or she has ‘boiler-plate’ answers that are memorized and rehearsed. Each issue has been carefully reviewed and a stock answer has been composed.

   So, when you ask about taxes, unemployment, the war in the Middle East, or education it is like pulling the ring on the back of a “Barney” doll. This is the point where you have to exercise some patience and listen while the politico drones on. If you see his eyes glass over you know you are getting the party line. Yawning in the middle of the response is also a tip off.

   Now is the time to take control of this carefully staged event. After the monologue, you should speak up and in a loud, firm voice say, “That is all very good, senator/congressman/governor, but what are you going to do about it”? A finger point at this junction is not inappropriate. You are going to learn volumes from even the shortest answer.

   Remember, these people must have your vote. They are not particularly smarter than you are nor possess knowledge beyond your comprehension. They put their pants on the same way you do, over their heads. Just visualize them standing there in their tight-whities with a skid mark down the back. Your question will come easy.

   On a very serious note, you might want to make one stop on the way to the meeting. In front of every courthouse in the country there is a monument to those who have given their lives for the country. You will probably recognize some of the family names. You may even have known some of the people listed there.

   No politician has given more to our country. Do not let them down. Make your representative live up to their standards.© 2010, Harmony County

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Written by harmonycounty

October 7, 2010 at 4:42 p10

Posted in Americana, Humor, Politics

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