One of my guilty pleasures is politics and many of you have probably just concluded I ain’t right. Speaker “Tip” O’Neill used to say, “All politics is local” and local government is easily the most accessible and that closest to us. Decisions made on the federal and state level may not touch us for a while, or we may not even notice anything different, but that is rarely the case with local government.
The local election season has already started and while I wonder if people are ready for the 2018 cycle to begin immediately after the recent presidential election, candidates are already off and running. From what I hear, there is already intense jockeying among the prospective candidates and some have been warned by others running that it may be an unpleasant experience. Evidently, some prospective candidates are being warned some of the campaigns may get ugly. Of course ugly campaigns are nothing new, nor is bullying. Personally, if a person is truly a strong candidate, he or she shouldn’t be all that worried about the opposition. If a candidate has good ideas, has something to say about improving an office or serving the people better, I wouldn’t think demeaning another person would be a good strategy. Worrying about who else might run usually indicates a lack of confidence on the part of a candidate and attempting to bully someone else out of running advertises weakness rather than strength.
Hiding behind computers, spreading rumors and attempting to win on the basis of slander, innuendo, and back room gossip doesn’t inspire me with confidence in a particular candidate’s ability. Nobody is perfect, not a single one of us and while there are those voters who like to sit in judgment of another person’s mistakes, I always try to remember that passage from the Bible, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”
And bullies usually have the most to hide and the most to lose.