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It's time to change our thinking about politics and politicians

updated: 4/21/2021 10:52 AM

It's been a few weeks since the last election. Most of the signs are down and the newly elected candidates are set to assume their new positions.

Now it's time to consider some issues.

First and foremost, we all need to step up and be more involved. Williamson County had one of the lowest voter turnout percentages in history (8%). Think of it like this ... if the election was a basketball game, would the team win if it only made 8 percent of its shots or grabbed 8 percent of the rebounds?

It wasn't just voter turnout. In several races across the county, there was not only no choice on the ballot, there were not even enough candidates to fill the open positions. That means that people already in office can just choose their own candidate to fill the office, an office that was meant to be chose by a majority of the people. That takes the power away from the people and puts it in the hands of only a few.

Finally, we need to remember that our elected officials work for us. They're not celebrity rock stars or Oscar-winning actors. We are not supposed to be their "fans."

We can like them. We can admire their work We can support their ideals. But what we should not do, is be a fan club.

One of my favorite quotes from an enjoyable movie (Dave), is, "I was elected to do a job and it was a temp job at that."

Our elected officials wheel and deal and offer policies that, while meant to solve the problems of the future, end up mostly addressing the symptoms of the present. We have a right to voice our opinions and those opinions can be expressed with our votes.

We need to use them.