Election Day is here once again. Slews of hopeful politicians on various levels across our country vie for a seat in state or local government.
Promises, promises. And yes, the word change is often bandied about. Everyone wants that. Let’s face it, that particular word generates what is too often a false sense of security for those who exercise their constitutional right in polling places.
Voters want more than what they had, they want someone, anyone, to make a damn difference. Names on road signs decorate the waning beauty of Fall; some represent ideas and hope for many beleaguered communities.
Others, do not.
Too many have political competency levels based on vindictiveness and personal vendettas against others. Council members who voted against an issue, or someone, become victims of some internal party backlash. All feel they are capable of doing a much better job than their predecessors.
Same old, same old in the world of politics. Back-stabbing, feuds and, of course, the constant side-stepping on crucial issues. Some of the would-be politicos have more skeletons dancing their way out of the shadows than contestants on Dancing with the Stars.
Ultimately, it’s about control, nothing more.
State and local debates over development, education, the environment and taxes will remain a constant battlefield of disagreement. Campaign promises will become more political dust in the wind. Change, if any, will be nothing more than a name on some town hall door or on some desk.
Sadly, it all boils down to coloring in dots on a paper ballot; dots which represent nothing more than who will be the lesser of many evils.