This is the time of year when everyone seems to get sentimental, remorseful, joyful, or feel any of a number of emotions as the current year gives way to the new year.
Resolutions are made- vows to "never again" do this or that, new commitments to lose weight, gain weight, be nicer to folks, be aggressive in finding a job, (you get the idea). All these things are well intentioned, but rarely seen through to completion.
Almost sounds like political campaigns doesn't it? Promises made along the campaign trail in the heat of battle, give way to the realities of governing.
Can you imagine, however, if we didn't try every year to make ourselves and whatever ails us, better? Regardless of whether we succeed or not, goals and objectives are an important part of making us feel that we are in control of our lives and its subsequent outcomes. "Control what you can control" the saying goes.
Our political system, while flawed, is still the best system of governing ever devised, and I'm thankful for it.
A government of laws determined by the people, through our elected representatives, is an awesome responsibilty. Our elected officials are entrusted to carryout this critically important mission to the benefit of all, regardless of party affiliation, race, gender, or religious belief.
To that end, we must hold our elected officials to higher standards of fairness and equity than we would of others.
We vote for them to be our legislative champions and warriors for justice.
I want my elected representatives to set aggressive, realistic goals and objectives to properly and effectively allocate my hard-earned tax dollars within my community, county and state.
And I want to hold them accountable for delivery of these goals and objectives.
I don't want my elected officials to make promises they can't keep, and don't they dare try to make me feel "unworthy" for questioning them about their governing.
As we move into the new year, let's pray for the success of those who are elected to public office, regardless of party affiliation, for our own viability is dependent upon it.
To all, have a very successful, blessed, and Happy New Year!