READER POST: Who Truly Cares at this point? Really, this is a most pressing question!
Now that the National distraction has elevated more than ever; Who Cares? Do you really care who is the next president, and if so, Why? What did you do when Biden broke the 270 (a number ever etched in the minds of Americans)? Who did you connect with, at that moment? what did you say? How did you feel? Sad or glad, what difference will it really make in your day to day life?
Ok, there are some reasons to care for sure, but to what extent have we permitted the well-designed “National Fanfare” to distract us from our greatest political power; our opportunity to influence local politics. Do you know your local Congressman, Alderperson, City Councilperson or Judge? Which judge did you vote for that will hear your case when need arises? Which state or county official represents your local area's interest? Which city leader do you contact to voice concerns or make suggestions? Well we should know because this is where the rubber meets the road.
Follow the money and the rules. Who spends your local taxes and who determines the rules that affect your local communities? Your locally elected officials. Too often they go unchecked and are permitted to collect taxes that support pet projects and create ordinances that favor a particular class and lead to economic segregation and do not promote equitable opportunities to prosper. In other words, they often deviate from their role in protecting your constitutional rights and promoting equitable treatment under the law.
Lack of local, informed, citizen involvement is often to blame. The collective voter apathy has been created at the national and state level and has disenfranchised citizens from being active in local elections, where the greatest voter power is present. Take the population of your local city or town for example. How many elected officials are there? Probably 5-8 that make up the legislative branch. Only 5 determine the policies of Hinds county. That is the total number of people that represent your interest in the rules governing your community.
Your local officials are the ones that determine the rules (ordinances) that you will be subject to. They determine how our taxes are spent and who benefits. They determine the policing practices, the management of public works, and what businesses will be permitted or regulated out of existence. They select and employ your judges and inspectors. These are the ones that will determine the income levels allowed in the borders of your town by housing regulations that may or may not allow for adequate starter homes to exist and they will regulate the housing options for lower income families and those with special needs. They determine the size of homes, whether you can Airbnb it, if you can have a boat or RV in the driveway and if you can own a chicken or a specific breed of dog. They sometimes inadvertently close popular businesses in the name of extreme public safety and choose to decide when enough nail salons have opened. These are not the craziest rules by far in the metro area.
This said, your local officials take the oath to protect your constitutional rights and govern all equally. They should be proactive and govern fairly, rather than rule unfairly. They are the ones that will either protect your constitutional rights or suppress them. They are the ones that should enact policies that unify and promote inclusion. They should inform and guide in safe practices but rarely dictate availability of options. They should be held accountable to ensure an environment that ends hate, promotes community involvement, and defuses the “R vs D” national propaganda that divides us for the benefit of big government control by the two-party system. They should encourage, persuade and empower the citizens to be involved wherever possible.
It is time to wake up from this entertaining trance so cunningly designed to drive us to submission and apathy. We must rise to our potential as Americans. It is time to band together at the local level to elect “Independent” servant leaders and hold them accountable to the equitable nature of the constitution. We cannot allow the constitution to be set aside and permit partisan regulations and ordinances to run rampant, eroding our freedoms the constitution ensures.
Our power is in ensuring that our Municipal and Local Representative elections are taken seriously and that “Independent” local leaders take actions to guard us from growing government agencies and layers of regulations that often depend on being locally enforced, This is how we protect our freedoms, prevent the erosion of small businesses and guard against overreaching practices that create economic segregation, favor franchises, large corporations and systemically create inequality and division in our communities.
In conclusion, I invite you to CARE where it matters most, your local community. Be a voice to others and invite them to engage in the local political process. I also invite you to trust the constitutional principles and don't get caught building a wall around your like-minded group using local ordinances. Be compassionate and stand for fairness. A fairly governed and caring community will by nature be more peaceful and prosperous. Leave the citizen groupings to HOAs, private clubs, chambers, churches, and person-to-person contracts, without the elected officials assistance or interference. These private groups will increase in numbers and enhance community when proper governance is in place.
Dare to Care - We have the power to be governed and not be ruled.
Know your local candidates this next election and be the change for a better America, one community at a time.
2021 Independent Candidate, Clinton, MS
If you are interested in running as an “Independent Candidate” for local office and would like assistance, contact me. I would love to visit.