Election day is only a month away, and the airwaves are starting to be choked with political advertisements. Most of us received a grounding in the duties of state and national officials while in school, and can recall them well enough to guide our choices there. County offices, however, a something of a different story. Few people really know what they are electing county officials to accomplish. The is one local race contested in the upcoming election â€“ that of County Commissioner. Perhaps itâ€™s time to review the duties of that position.
I notice the Obama campaign is really trying to make political hay out of Mitt Romney's statement concerning forty seven percent of the electorate. As I'm sure that anybody who keeps up with current events has heard the statement over and over, I'm not going to bother to repeat it verbatim here.
The conventions are over, and the national level campaigns are pushing hard. We in Texas are not considered a â€śbattlegroundâ€ť state, so we have a little less of the pressure than some others. While that is probably good for those of us watching and reading, it is not as good for the owners of media. That said, the impression that they try to leave with us is that any candidate of their party should be our choice. The higher the office sought, the more likely the candidate is to embrace the platform of a particular party.
I know it might surprise readers of these columns, but I watched a fair amount of the evening speeches from the Republican National Convention. Naturally I liked a lot of them, and agreed with much of what was said. I must say, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Ann Romney, and a few others said a lot of things that I really liked hearing stated openly, and forcefully.
Hollywood has never been known to let the truth stand in the way of a good story. As a result, the impression the current slew of court / police television shows could make one believe that probation is never a good thing for the public. Contrary to that vision, many people have had their lives altered by the counseling and restrictions of probation, some to the point of becoming productive citizens. While not appropriate for all persons, there are times that it is very helpful in reaching the goal of the criminal system â€“ seeing that justice is done.
I'll say one thing for being in an election cycle leading up to the most important election of my life: it's sure bringing the progressives and their ideology out in the open. What I find really interesting about that is how every time some leftist puts forward an extreme progressive point of view, it just seems to invigorate the people on the right and make them more active. It's almost as if the people on the left are shooting themselves in the foot with a fully automatic rifle, and just can't seem to stop pulling the trigger.
It seems that each time the Legislature meets, the issue of school starting dates comes up. While many of us can certainly recall those times when school waited until after Labor Day, they are, apparently, irrevocably in the past! Schools are starting all around us, causing meaning that there are some habits we must change!
With Mitt Romney's recent selection of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate, expect to see the left in general, and The Barack in particular, start trying to "shred" Representative Ryan. This will be old hat for the above group. Since Paul Ryan has long been a vocal opponent of the policies of The Barack, and a proponent of reforming some of the worst financial abuses of our federal government, the left has had him in their sights for a long time (as a conservative, I can use a gun reference).
Myopia. I learned the word when I was ten years old from the optometrist who checked my eyes and told my parents that I was nearsighted. I didnâ€™t know I was nearsighted. I thought everyone saw everything the way I saw it. Trees were green blobs, the landscape blurred into blotches of pink, green, brown and blue, like an Impressionist painting. (Maybe Monet was near sighted and created Impressionism by painting what he saw.) I have to admit I wondered how other kids could catch and hit a baseball. I never saw the ball until it was on top of me.
No one really expected the 2000 elections to be as â€śexcitingâ€ť as they were. The issues in Florida involving â€śhanging chadsâ€ť added terms to our language and electronic machines to our voting places. Unbeknownst to most people, the stage is set for the elections of 2012 to be more controversial than any in the history of our nation.