It seems politics as usual is more about doing what someone wants or they won’t support your legislation. Recently, I was in the halls of the cesspool in NYS and spent time speaking with many legislators. There was a common theme – if you want your legislation to pass, you have to promise to support or give the appearance you will support another politician in his reelection efforts. How do we explain to our Veterans that legislation that would help them will only be signed if the legislator who is proposing it, agrees to give the appearance that he or she is in support of a sitting legislator? What-ever happened to legislating for the good of the people, not the good of the pension plan of the legislator or his future aspirations? How fitting that in the Well of the Legislature Building there was a large inflatable colon…need I say more?
“You have the right to remain Silent.” For far too long, many of us have taken that right to extremes. We have sat back and watched this country and this state crumble. We have watched the rights of the individual be trampled on and did nothing about it. We did our part and registered to vote but we stayed home and remained silent and did not Vote. Some voters feel they do their part by voting during the presidential election every four years. Two weeks before the election they look at the ballot candidate mails them and make their decision based on what line the candidate is on or what the candidate looks like or worse yet…what the candidate’s family looks like, (the recent Mayor’s race in NYC is a good example of that). They don’t call the candidate, they don’t ask questions, they don’t do research, they don’t ask why. They blindly go into the polls, fill in the circle and vote. As they walk out the door, they pat themselves on their back and say, “I did my part.” But did they and did you? You do have the “Right to Remain Silent” but that right has cost you your rights! The next time you hear, you have the right to remain silent, think a little more about that right!