Make that FIVE police cars...(they keep coming)
This town is so quiet. And polite. I live on a fairly busy street, and at 5:00AM, when a large part of the police force is on their way to handle a bad thing, they drive veryvery fast, BUT...
Make that SIX police cars...
Thank you for not stopping at my house. I'd hate to be the guy that they were after.
I used to joke that there were two cops for every routine traffic stop in this town, because just about every time I saw someone pulled over, there were two cruisers, one in front of the offending car, and one behind.
The reality of politics and budgets has stomped that vision into the ground a bit--there are waaaaay less police officers on the force now, than there was then. And now, when I see someone pulled over, I notice that they are only enjoying the company of one officer, usually a state trooper.
So seeing seven officers involved in anything, all together, makes me think, "Hmm...I should watch the news tonight."
Of course, there is "very little" crime in this town. Politics being what they are, I'm sure that statistic went a long way in convincing local decision-makers that we didn't need so damn many cops. This reminds me of other landmark decisions made by politicians in Minnesota, my favorite being the one where, after a rare winter in which we had very little snowfall, it was decided that since we didn't use very much of the snow-removal budget that year, surely we could cut the snow-removal budget for future years.
Yeah, I love that one...I think we all know that it practically never
snows here. (Sorry, I missed Facetious Friday, so I had to drop one in there.)
You know my motto: "A failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part"
Except, of course, when you happen to run a city. Then your failure to plan IS my emergency.
OK, I wasn't planning a morning of political commentary...but since we're here...
Our current mayor is a former police officer, and some people don't like him much. Some people, of course, just don't like anyone who happens to have been elected. I saw a bumper sticker yesterday that said, " Anyone else
for President". As a humorist, I "get" it, but, that is one of the least thought-provoking things I have ever heard in my life. And gutless. Pick someone, for Christ's sake...
What frightens me most about politics is the knowledge that most citizens are like that--happy to complain about what is, but unwilling to offer anything resembling a solution, and unwilling to really listen to, or support, all of the brave individuals who take that big step up and run for office. In the end, the people who get elected are NEVER the ones with the best ideas, just the ones with the best PR. If both good ideas and good PR happen to co-exist in a particular candidate, I dance a little jig on my way to the polling place, because usually the guy I really, really wanted to vote for is knocked out of the race by the time election day rolls around, by candidates with more money and better TV commercials. By November, you have two choices: A person you really don't like and never intended to vote for, and a person that you are resigning yourself to vote for because at least he isn't the person that you never intended to vote for.
Here is the thing: Its YOUR money that they are using to get elected. Its also your country, your community, your county, your state. Why settle?
Why don't you, when someone comes along that you really, really believe in, step up with them
, because it matters? It seems that we have very little faith that the things we think are important are worth fighting for. Well, they are. They are
worth fighting for.
It kills me that in this country, we can predict, from a field of candidates, months and months in advance, which two are going to make it to election day, based not on what ideas they are pitching, but on their ability to avoid bad press and raise money. We end up with a ticket containing people who are there by the virtue of having never offended anyone, and nobody really knows what they are going to do when they get into the office because they were so very careful not to actually say anything during their entire campaign.
Is that what you want? Not me. I put my money where my mouth is. I go for the guy who points and laughs, just like me. The person who is not afraid to say, "what we are doing here is absolute crap, and you should be ashamed of yourselves for being stupid."
I LIKE when people get offended by something someone has said. It doesn't change my opinion of the "offender" one bit--but it does speak volumes about the "offendee". People who believe that you should NOT say something simply because they don't want to hear it, are just awful, awful people who should all be corralled in some kind of gigantic, fenced in area where they can live out their lives convincing others like them of the things they should not be doing.
I certainly wouldn't want to offend anyone by suggesting that we fence-in the great state of Nebraska for this...
Actually, we probably need more room. Alaska?
There is an old saying that "Nobody can offend you without your permission," and I take these words to heart, every day. I often ask, does your radio/television not have an OFF switch? You spend so much time complaining about what you DON'T want to hear, that you fail to honor and support the thing that you DO want to hear. And that is the tragedy.
Those of us who vote on election day do this country an important service, but I say we should all
start voting NOW, because by the time election day rolls around, the pickings are usually very slim, and you end up stuck choosing what you consider to be the lesser of two evils. Think about it this way: If you had to pick someone TODAY, who would it be? You can change your mind later, but, seriously, who would it be, TODAY?
Have your own little election in your head.
Then, when you have picked someone, step up. Support, support, support. Give them your kind word, your talent, your money, whatever...get them elected for real.
Wouldn't that be cool?
And wouldn't it be interesting to have someone in office that keeps you interested, or keeps you from rolling your eyes and thinking that this whole election process is worthless and that nobody "good" ever gets elected? I mean...