By Deanna Meadows
It’s not the party, it’s the power. Probate judge victor James Fredericka said it best when he stated that he couldn’t have won without the party’s endorsement. The party endorsement comes from the vote of the precinct committee people. Many of the precinct committee people are past and present elected officials and people with influence or a business. Many believe that if you want to do well in this county, you have to “play the game” – that you have to become “part of the team.” The problem is, that team often serves itself more than it serves others. The endorsed candidate receives tremendous perks and benefits such as money, campaign help, team support, public recognition, mailings, etc. However, if you’re endorsed and elected and then don’t play the game, there are severe consequences.
In addition, there are endorsements that come from unions and organizations – those endorsements help a candidate by giving money, public recognition through their newsletters, and etc. Just ask some of the candidates about this endorsement process and how pure it really is. What it most often means is that the power and influence lends itself to the existing power and influence, that way the powerful and influential can maintain control – they may even trade favors back and forth. This isn’t the case with all organization’s endorsements, but likely with the bigger ones.
In reality, the new, fresh candidate on the block doesn’t hardly stand a chance because they haven’t the money, the influence, or the network to compete with this system.
This is not meant to discourage anyone. I want people to understand the truth behind campaigns and politics. There is much more that could be said, but whether a D or an R, absolute power corrupts. This is why it is vitally important to do our homework on candidates. We should not blindly trust the nod of an organization. We should not qualify a candidate by the amount of money he or she has raised or spent. We mustn’t vote based solely on name recognition or familiarity.
We need to take time out of our lives to attend a meet and greet, research, talk to others. Voting is the most fundamental thing we, as Americans, can do and yet just 20% of registered voters went to the polls yesterday. Complacency or frustration should not keep us from voting. And when we vote, we must understand the power of the precinct committee people. Here are the election results. Please take a look and see the names of those elected to central committee positions. You will need not wonder any longer how or why we cannot change the direction of our government.