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Leadership takes back seat to finger pointing

Published: December 13, 2012 4:00 AM

We deserve better. We've just begun to recover from what has been described as campaign season. Thank heaven there was finally an election.

The campaigns were pretty much transparent, consisting of never ending and increasingly annoying battles of offensive maneuvering, intended to cast dirt on the opponent, hoping of course, that at least a slight coating might stick. After all, our politicians and their team mates have made image demolition an art form.

In fact, candidates from bottom to top spend more time telling well-spun tales about their opponent than selling their own merits. Fortunately for our candidates, truth is not an issue. Neither is honesty or self-respect. Indeed, most of this crop of candidates apparently missed the turn leading to the high road.

Our political system has become a den full of career self-servers who spend the majority of their time getting elected and then re-elected, time that could be spent solving problems and reading what it is they are voting on.

We deserve the opportunity to vote for leadership and vision, not the choice of a candidate we dislike the least. We deserve better.

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If that's not bad enough, the following act is even more disgusting. Picture this: a large group of men and women disguised as public servants, assembled in glorious halls of governance, seemingly eager to solve real problems and provide real leadership. But in reality, leadership, problem solving and thoughtful governance take a back seat to more important things like posturing, pointing fingers, worrying about re-election, and all the rest.

Wouldn't we really be in a fix if every worker could simply ignore the work he or she was hired to do? Just think, where but here can a group of career public servants in high places award themselves for self-described hard work while condemning other citizens, including public employees, claiming them to be overpaid and over-benefited. Only here I suspect.

We deserve better.

Mike Tontimonia, Ravenna

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anonymous Dec 13, 2012 11:49 AM

Have to agree with you Mike, how long would any of us last if we showed up for work and acted like a bunch of whiny children? Thats reserved for the Boss and his Brown Nosers. ... I watched the presidential candidates in the last election wondering if the one who had always been the Boss had any idea he was going through the job application process. We're the ones doing the hiring, don't forget it. .... Problem with Politics is we only get to flex our 'hiring' muscle during an election and when one of our employees shows themselves to be dangerously incompetent we can't simply fire them. Look at McConnell, Filibusters his own legislation he put up for vote. In the real world McConnell would have been fired on the spot, or at least handed a broom and put to floor sweeping till he could be disposed of. Yep, Politics is a strange animal.