I am not devastated over the results of the Presidential election. I’m devastated over the ballot I was presented with when I voted. On that ballot I had a choice of voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton or Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. Following that vote I had a choice to vote for three candidates for United States Senator. But after that the choice were limited.
Following the listing of candidates for United States Senator, there were no more choices. Every office from that point had no choice. Only the incumbent was listed. No one was opposed. This is the scandal of our nation in the 21st century.
Here’s the thing. Donald J. Trump is President-elect of the United States. But, Donald J. Trump will have a minimum effect on my life. The persons elected who will have a maximum effect on my life are the county commissioners, the tax commissioner, the various members of the school board. And, where I live, there was no contest. Only one candidate was listed on the ballot.
Let’s talk about the school board, for example. Why do people run for the school board? Well, some run, praise the Lord, to seek to provide quality education for the kids. Some run because they are pissed off at some teacher that didn’t give their child the grade they thought the child deserved. But the people who ought to run do not.
I live in an area that is dominated by the flooring industry. Mohawk Carpet is, I am sure, the largest employer in this area. Here’s the thing: The candidate for the school board should be the CEO of Mohawk Carpet. He knows how to run a corporation and the school system is a corporation. The students in the schools will be the employees of his company in the future and the future success of his company depends upon the education of those students now.
But he didn’t run. In fact, no one ran other than the one who now occupies the office.
Democracy depends upon choices. Democracy is corrupted when there are no choices.