Truth or Consequences
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 21st January 2017

April 15, 2015 6:07 pm ET

Council’s rubber-stamps, lack of transparency could stain careers

Source: Truth or Consequences

The other day, I had an interesting meeting with what I would call a “top political operative.” In plain speaking, this is a person who knows a lot of people (to borrow a line from “All the President’s Men”).

During the conversation, the topic of the County Council came up. Suffice to say, I was surprised that there were issues discussed that even surprised me.

And I am not easily surprised, folks.

Before I proceed, I want to make one thing clear—I will not stop until the story of what happened at the MACO Conference in Cambridge is told. I am not interested in tabloid journalism. I’ll leave that to the National Enquirer.

What is important to me is the accountability of the people to whom the voters entrusted our well-being and future. Our collective fate rests in their hands and, as the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. These are people who can impact our lives significantly with one stroke of the pen. And with that huge responsibility comes accountability.

This is not a game. Politics is serious business.

There are those who choose to ignore me. They feel I’m a nuisance. They attack my credibility as a journalist and refuse to answer my emails and phone calls (next I think I may try smoke signals). I guess, in short, they hope that—like a dark storm cloud—I will change with the weather and drift away.

The problem with that way of thinking is that the weather is always there, rain or shine.

And the same can be said for this blogger.

A great leader once told me early in my writing career that the pen is mightier than the sword. It’s an old saying, but it is one that rings true over and over again. On the flip side of that coin, to the naysayers, I say “fine,” but show me where those in office graduated from the School of Political Leadership/Science and Sound Judgement?

My guess is that you won’t find any such leaders.

So, with that said, I defer to a film character named Harry, who once said, “You gotta ask yourself a question? Did he fire five or six shots … and you’ve got to ask yourself one more question, do you feel lucky?”

Poignant words indeed.

What we in our midst is a Council where the “ink pad” has become the barometer of the so-called leaders’ future. With that rubber stamping comes the ink stains that will tarnish whatever possibilities may lay ahead for those political careers.

People will tell me to “call so and so” all the time. I say I will write so and so, because it’s hard to cover up what is in black and white. They can’t use the excuse, “I never said that,” because, while it wasn’t said, it was written.

Recently I sent out emails to every Council member, asking some questions about the MACO conference. What I (very little) I received was what I would call “distorted propaganda,” as in, “no one will ever find out so I will continue to mislead.” But guess what? Those who chose that route will have to face their constituents with the fact that they did not possess the one true quality we expect in our leaders—truthfulness. Councilman Kach’s office called and said that he did not attend the MACO conference.

That will certainly come back to bite them when the truth is finally revealed.

Trust me, there are a host of candidates already planning a run at various positions, and those candidates will use every faux pas like a sledge hammer. It will be like the man who stood up in front of the nation and said, “You can keep your own doctor!” And we all know how that went.

I believe you call this lacking characteristic “credibility.” Without credibility and transparency, political careers can end quickly.

I keep hearing the words “one term wonder.” Like a cancer, that tag can stick to an old suit and—no matter how many times you take it to the cleaners or wash it—that tag will still show through.

Our elected officials seem to forget whom they serve. You see, when it’s all said and done, it was not the other Council misfits who voted you into office; it was the people. It was the same group of people that got up early every morning and put their various colors on and showed up day after day touting the next JFK. “This man will be the voice of the people,” they exclaimed.

Instead, what the voters received in many cases was a bull horn for the administration which, for all intents and purposes, is a dying gasping agenda of depict and, in some cases, corruption.

Remember, the truth shall set you free.

Also remember that what the good Lord giveth, the voters can taketh. If you don’t believe me, I’ll give you the names of a few people you can talk to. They have a lot more time on their hands these days.

Oh, by the way, a note/question to Mr. Crandell: Does it take all day to answer two simple questions? It is, the last time I checked, still your job to respond to the voters. Because, after all, as you stated, you’re the Councilman and I’m a taxpayer!

Storm clouds are forming, folks. You’d better bring an umbrella.

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