One of the reasons I ran for City Council was to see first hand how our election process works. To me this is the clearest way to discover problems in a system, and that is to participant fully in the system. Did any of you ever watch the 1980’s movie “Brubaker” with Robert Redford? In the movie
…is that he in fact was the new warden and came in incognito to get a better view of how the system worked, or didn’t work in this case. Well I got a first hand view of what I think are the problems with our election process here in
This election had nothing to do with issues. We heard things like… “Shake the Haters Off,” or “The White Conspiracy to take over City Council,” or “a Sex setup,” or “The Infamous Bar of Soap,” or “Drug Tests.” At the end of the day did any of this make your life better? Did any of this address the crime in
If you are a rational, thinking voter that does his or her research and picks a candidate based on the specific qualifications necessary to facilitate effective change in government to insure its proper fiscal operation and constitutional duties, then this election had nothing to do with you. Politicians have learned that for the most part YOU DO NOT MATTER! You are in the minority. The majority of Memphians, at least the ones that even bother to vote, make their decisions based on gossip, vague name recognition, fears, prejudices, gut feelings, and a list of other irrational reasons too numerous to list.
Now should we blame the politician? That’s a waste of time because at the end of the day if it works that is what they are going to do. And they will continue until the minority realizes they are going to have to work to find ways to help the majority cut through this crap and finally elect people based on qualifications and not rhetoric.