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“MAKING A CHOICE”
by James M. Hoover, CACM, Captain, USAF (Retired), ©2020
(Jul. 25, 2020) — I was a three-term Vernon, Connecticut councilman in the 1993 to 1999 era. There are two parts to the game. There are the (1) politics of getting elected and once elected, (2) governmental administration. Because I was a career United States Air Force officer and specially trained toward administration of that part of our government, I was much better as a performing councilman than a politician. Sixteen would run for the Council, eight from each political party. Of the 12 folks elected, I usually was 6th to 8th in the victory line. Most folks are not good at both trades. I would surmise from my experience that Democrats are better at politics and Republicans are better at administration of government. I’m convinced that this is why we are in a mess. Democrats generally can get into office, but can’t function once in session. Republicans don’t appear to be as skilled in getting into office, but seem to be better at the task of administering our government.
Some of this can be attributed to the platforms from which they emerge. The Democrats pander to small interest groups which they assemble to become a party and usually stand for change. The Republicans pander to larger interest groups of traditional Americans and stand for the status quo and less spending on change. If the status quo has recently been successful the Republicans win; if not successful, change may be more appealing to the voting public.
Each person headed toward the general election polls on November 3, 2020 must internalize and ponder his or her values and make a choice. This choice will take the United States to a new level; it may be elevated or send our nation in a disastrous decline depending upon that choice.