Approximately 50 years ago I began writing commentary in our family’s newspapers under the Chips & Chunks heading. As the New Year begins, I’ve decided to resurrect that effort because there are abundant topics in today’s world that are ripe for editorial exploration.
“Chunks” are longer observations and brief comments are “Chips,” both a tip of the hat to my maternal grandfather and the times we spent cutting hedge posts on his farm in Southwest Missouri.
It’s no big secret that most of us believe our political office holders in DC are hard at work screwing up the problems they are mostly responsible for creating. This feeling crosses all party lines and doctrines. Job security is the overriding concern and pandering to enough voters to retain one’s office is the overriding concern. Cooperation has been placed by polarization and the folks that are getting shafted in the process are those who work hard every day to support their families and serve their communities. Unfortunately it’s not likely to change in the near future because of the way the electoral process favors incumbents. Sad.
Had an interesting chat with a reader this week about why people are not involved in fixing the problems of government. He was apparently very informed about presidential politics…but couldn’t name ANY county office holders or members of his local school board. He was able to name all the finalists on Dancing with Stars and American Idol.
One of my earliest political mentors was the late George W. Parker, a state legislator who was a decorated Air Force Colonel who flew the China-Burma Hump in WWII. George often observed that “People get the government they deserve, not the one they wish for.”
Reminds me of the pollster who was surveying in my neighborhood about ignorance and apathy in politics. One response, “I don’t know….and I don’t care!” My aunt Jane in Chicago said that she never voted in elections because “she didn’t want to be responsible for encouraging them!”