Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 31, 2012

We need a house cleaning

By Ray “Uncle Ray” Day
For the Kokomo Tribune

— How do you feel about the coming election? This time we elect the next president and the next governor. We put into motion our desire to be better. We will elect people we believe will make us stronger, create more jobs and lower the unemployment rate. So what is wrong in the way we do it?

How many of you are tired of the way our candidates campaign? Instead of telling us what they will do for us, they tell us what their opponent has done wrong.

You turn on the TV and see one guy telling us the other guy is not good for the office, instead of telling us what he would do for us. This is going on in both parties and probably will not change in the future.

What is for sure is that most of the time the candidate is just approving what the campaign advisers are saying. Wouldn’t it be great to see someone stand up and tell the truth instead of his workers’ words? And wouldn’t it be great to know the person who gets elected stays for the full term?

Too many times we see our elected representatives start trying to climb the next rung of the ladder to a higher position. And take a look at how much time they actually are available for the votes needed to pass or veto a bill.

Our president has been out of the office a lot since he was elected, saying he needs to visit other countries to show them that we are friends and not enemies. He promotes peace and even sits with those rulers that you shouldn’t trust to be your friends.

The man who is running against him is out running all over the country, telling people that Obama is hurting the country. Then, in the next comment, he goes about saying he would do the very same thing the president is doing now.

Truthfully, I am disappointed in how our country is doing because we need to get on the ball instead of making an error fielding it. Let’s have a clean campaign.

Also, when a person is elected to an office, he or she should finish the whole term before trying to go higher up the ladder. You were elected to represent the people in your area, and you should not have your hat in another ring.

And for those who are our voices, you should not be swayed by the lobbyist who crawls out of his hole to get your support.

It is no secret the leaders in the House and Senate will never get along, so why do we need them? It is no secret that our president needs to spend more time here in the USA, and it is no secret that most of our candidates use the words of their campaign advisers instead of their true thoughts.

So this is what I would like to see: No slanderous remarks about the other guy; no more traveling except for the trips that are necessary.

Tell your representatives they were elected to do their jobs. Warn the rulers in the other countries that we have a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Tell them that we are united to fight back anything that is destined to take us down.

But before we can do any of this, we need to clean up our own houses so that others will see how real democracy works. It is no secret there are those out there who are working from the inside every chance they can, to keep us from doing that. Let’s get tough and vote for a cleaning.

• Ray “Uncle Ray” Day of Kokomo is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at uncleray@earthlink.net.