Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Jan MacKay on why "somewhat adequately" representing your constituents is not enough

Again, Delaware Curmudgeon uses Shirley's personal ties with Jan MacKay (Libertarian candidate for North Carolina State Senate District 15) to scoop me on Jan's latest interchange with a writer who styles himself A Common Man.

I'll leave you to visit Shirley for the original letter, and content myself with part of Jan's reply:

In the last year, I have been fortunate to be represented "somewhat" adequately by the Senator I am running against. However, in two terms, he still hasn't found a way to become effective in working with a majority rule legislature. I believe he tried. For that, I cannot fault him.

I'm running because silence and just showing up in order to cast a vote is not good enough. It is frustrating to sit in the galleries, and see a great opening where someone on the floor, with fiery passion could stand up, speak with conviction, and make a big difference....

The Governor just came back from a really nice $170k trip to Italy. He and the first lady stayed at more expensive hotels than you and I would ever dream of staying, and the NC taxpayers footed the bill. Meanwhile people are losing their homes, and cannot even afford gas to commute to work, if they are fortunate enough to still have a job....

You have to pay taxes for everything you do, including paying for groceries, even though you already paid taxes on your income. You pay taxes when you buy anything, and pay taxes on any real property you are lucky enough to afford to keep, and now they want taxes even if you are forced to sell your home. Selection of protective gear on your motorcycle is a basic decision but you cannot make it. When moments count, cops are only several minutes away, and there are safety nannies who want to stop you from carrying anything larger than a pocketknife and sharper than a butterknife. Every level of government thinks they have the right to trespass on your land, and privacy is a thing of the past. There are too many things wrong with status quo, and this is no time for mediocrity.

1 comment:

Shirley Vandever said...

"This is no time for mediocrity."

That says it all.