Speak Truth to Power

Stacey Walker

Tuesday night at the Polk County Central Committee Meeting I was privileged enough to hear Stacey Walker, the Lynn County District 2 Supervisor, talk. Maybe it was because he wasn’t campaigning to us, but one of the things that I truly enjoyed was his openness and honesty, he told it like it is. I long for politicians to be more like Stacey Walker.

In this day and age, politicians will do and say anything to pander to their constituents and then do whatever they want after winning. The sad thing is, we allow it to happen. Rather than doing the research on the candidates before we take what they say at face value, we choose to be oblivious to our elected official’s track record and then become incensed when they do the opposite of what they said they would do, even though their track record reveled that they would do exactly what they did.

When I say to do your research, I don’t mean watch your favorite news channel and take their word for it either. We all have that crazy relative that watches nothing but Fox News. I mean to actually do the research using reputable sources, or if you are too lazy to read, at least watch a variety of news channels and make your own decision on what the actual truth is.

None of this would be necessary if we had more politicians like Stacey Walker who are open and truthful with their constituents, but that is not the world we live in. Perhaps I am just naive in thinking that it is even possible for this to be a reality, but at least I am smart enough to know that it isn’t a reality now and do the research before giving away my vote.

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