There is a groundswell rising. There is a force uniting people across political lines, age groups, and economic class. Their common ground is the knowledge and understanding that something has been going wrong in Trumbull County, Ohio.
This growing army has battalions. The battalion leaders are meeting with one another. Together, they are learning the connections that create the dots that have created the outline that has produced the picture of the current Trumbull County.
The flow chart of familiar family names, business partners, and pals is so obvious it should be laughable if it were not so destructive.
The Machine in Trumbull County expects you to believe that an endorsement from current officials or local media is a good thing. Be assured it is not. However, be grateful for these stamps of approval, for this is the bright, shining light that signals the trumpet of alarm.
Inside the local parties there is a fight for good over evil; a fight for people over politics; for movement over status quo. In the past, voters have voted the way the media persuaded them to. They voted the way their union leaders had told them they should. They voted based on name familiarity, party affiliation, or because the person was already in office – and as far as they knew, no news was good news.
When our officials in power use their position to leverage consequence and promotion for personal and political agenda, the people are in trouble. They are no longer free. You can be guaranteed that you are only free until you challenge local economic markets, question public procedures and policy, or openly criticize the powers that be.
When our public officials are silent in the time of crisis; dismissive of egregious actions; absent in the time of need; punitive toward the public; and passive when asked for action, there is a serious lack of true leadership. This is the current Trumbull County.
There is a new Trumbull County on the horizon. Many are working hard and taking risks to make it happen. Rise up and be a part of it. Don’t be indifferent. Vote DIFFERENT. May 6.