Saturday, August 18, 2012

Charles Parker: Lessons Learned

It’s a rainy lazy Saturday afternoon and I’m trying to gear back up.  It has been a long, hot summer of politics in Brevard County.
Many of the Republican primary races got down and dirty.  Everyone participated in the shenanigans – either directly or by proxy.
Gaylord Parkinson’s 11th Commandment was trashed. (That’s right, Ronald Reagan swiped it from the California State Republican Party Chair in 1966.)

After this, I am more convinced than ever that I will never run for a political office.  That is probably a laughable proposition to most of you anyway.
I was kind of hoping that the local folks would take a respite until after the national conventions, let Labor Day be Labor Day, and ease back in to campaign mode.  Maybe…maybe not….
But I hope we have learned some lessons and I hope our behavior does not come back to bite us in November.
Here’s what I have taken away from the brutal summer of discordance:
Number 1 – candidates cannot stop others from raising money and running personal attack ads.  Candidates should – however – be much more vociferous in decrying them and denying them.  There is way too much of a “I have no control over what these groups say” mentality.
Number 2 – if you’re going to post a bunch of crap as “Comments” on media stories and blogs, claim you name.   If you can’t man up, then shut up.  “Anonymous” was out of control over the last few months – with free rein to lie and distort.  If you’re a truth-teller, then simply tell who you are.
Number 3 – it’s time to have a real hard look at our system to see if some of the constitutional offices are election-worthy and,  if they are, whether they should be partisan.  The Clerk of the Courts, the Property Appraiser and the Sheriff are basically managerial and public relations positions.  I want competent managers – not politicians – running those shows because they are spending my money.
Okay - I guess it’s time to get back in the fray.
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  1. I would love to see those constitutional elected officials replaced by qualified individuals. However, who would they answer too?

    I never understood how such important duties could be placed into the hands of who won a popularity contest.

    And i absolutely think the above mentioned constitutional officers should be non partisan.

    Although, on occasion the right person does win the popularity contest...

  2. As flawed as it is, voters should not give up their control. Negative ads work. If a candidate states their policy, it will get picked apart. Worse, you could lose supporters.

  3. It's a shame that more forums are not held, or possibly televised, prior to a primary election. It is amazing how many people actually vote without knowing anything about the candidates they are voting for. Sad to think that people actually cast a vote based on things such as the first name listed, sex of the candidate, or how cute or catchy their name might be. It's also a shame that people don't even bother to read literature that candidates prepare and mail to voters, in an effort to educate them about the candidate. Voters need to do their homework and educate themselves about all the candidates on the ballot and not just the ones in the highly publicized races.