I endorse the following candidates for the Franklin County North Carolina Board of County Commissioners. From left to right. Danny Pearce, Glenn Swanson, Michael Schriver, and Stuart May. They all stand against higher property taxes, and for government accountability.
By: Steve Trubilla
Caveat emptor, the principle that a person who buys something is responsible for making sure that it is in good condition, works properly, etc. Let the buyer beware.
All too often things are not as they are represented. Interests compete when one is looking to buy or sell something. The seller looks for advantage to gain the most value, while the buyer looks for the most value at the least cost. These interests, while mutually exclusive, can operate in harmony when people act with integrity.
How justifiably angry you become when the truth is revealed; you find things are not as they were represented. The car your purchased is said to be problem free. After driving it only 50 miles an engine light comes on. You know you were lied to. Often the anger is compounded by having trusted someone influencing you to make the purchase. Maybe it was a friend, or a family member. I have had to learn over and over again when it comes to money and power, the exercise of extreme caution and due diligence is the best course to pursue.
The fishmonger cries, "buy my fish, it will not stink," yet after three days all fish does. Instinctually you know this, but you buy it anyway. I would understand this if it were a one-time thing, but then going back to the same fish sales man over and over again: Why do we do this?
In the case of the fish, you know the sales person in lying. I could make a fast argument that stupidity is at play; thinking about this, most often that is not the case. Most people are not stupid; they simply want to believe what they are told. The idea others would, in a calculated way, set out to deceive them sits on the outer limits of their rational.
Honorable people expect others to be honorable; act as they would. After all, who in a calculated way just lies to get what they want? In me saying this does it read like I am naïve? Of course people lie to get what they want. We have come to expect and accept it.
I can think of fewer arenas this is truer of than politics. Looking back, can you recall an election when some politician has not promised you the moon and stars if only you would vote for them?
Contrary to what many say, all politicians are not just in it for themselves. There are those that truly work for the common good. They are rare, but do exist. I know of a woman running to be a district judge that was moved in her pursuit of this by experiences she had as a child. She was witness to the horrors of domestic violence.
Recently I had occasion to listen to her relate how wounded she was many years ago seeing a school friend exist in the all-too- common brutality of it all. It was many years ago, but not in the past for her. Today, now a mother and wife, and lawyer, Caroline Burnette fights for today's and tomorrow's victims.
I share this with you in an effort to turn back the reflex to dismiss all that run for office as only being self-serving. Yes, there are some very good people doing so.
In simple terms, politics is sales. Let the voter / buyer beware. What is influencing your vote? Is it a piece of mail you have received, or a friend telling you who to vote for? Maybe it is someone sitting on a chair just outside your polling place handing you a pre-filled-out sample ballot.
The so-called sample ballot thing, I have seen it play out year after year, election after election. People being "told who to vote for," it has become so aggressive I feel it has risen to the level of voter intimidation; a level of voter fraud.
Whatever the influence is, remember most of it is all sales pitch, and all fish smells. If your vote is important to you, take a little time to find out what is motivating those running for office. If they are promising you the moon and stars, and you did not get them the last time you voted for them, probably a good idea is to try another fish market. Vote for someone else.
This will take place from 7-9 p.m. at the Community House located at 115 E. Main Street.
It is open to the public.
It is an opportunity for residents and other interested parties to meet with candidates for local, state and regional races, including the four available seats on the county commission, the two available seats belonging to Franklin County representatives on the General Assembly, the courts and the Congressional district covering Franklin County.