Perhaps it is because people in our country have maybe given up on the system of government all the way from the local level to the national and international levels of politics. Is it because people are sick to death of various officials saying one thing and doing another? Is it because we have leaders at all levels who have a mode of operation by simply saying this is an executive mandate? Is it because we have officials spending the public’s money for their own pet projects or worse yet embezzling money for their own personal gains?

Thomas Jefferson was quoted as saying: “Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.” Machiavelli said: “Politics have no relation to morals.” My grandpa told me “that politics is the art of lying and making it sound like the truth!”

I truly believe it is a dangerous state of affairs when we have given up on voting. Voting is how you change the system. If we give up on the voting process we will find ourselves being governed by intellectually inferior and corrupt people. We may not like the outcome of a particular election for whatever the issue or person but if we don’t vote then we are giving up control.

It is a sad day when people have an opportunity to make a change then choose to make excuses for why they didn’t vote. I have heard the lame excuses of . . . well I was too busy or I forgot. As I read The Missourian for the election results I noted that several of the races had no opposition. This, too, is troubling as it tells me our citizenry just doesn’t care about the various offices.

My letter is not about being a Democrat or Republican. It is about our elected leadership not performing and doing what’s right for the country as a whole. A fellow by the name of Dr. Arbthnot once said: “All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.”

I hope that perhaps a few people will read my thoughts and vote in the next election. Before I go though I must leave you with two more quotes. Here is one from Len Deighton: “In Mexico an air conditioner is called a politician because it makes a lot of noise but doesn’t work very well.” My most favorite quote about politicians is: “Politicians are like diapers and have one thing in common. They should be changed regularly and for the same reason.” It’s probably best that we don’t know who came up with that one. Probably one of those guys who sits at the “wisdom table” at Cowan’s Restaurant.