Skip to comments.A Freeper's Observation:Dealing With Local Politicians
Posted on 12/23/2007 4:59:29 AM PST by E.G.C.
Recently a Tulsa radio station settled a lawsuit that was filed against it and it's former radio talk host who has since moved on to a Nashille TN radio station and is doing a talk show on that station.
The lawsuit was filed over a false statment made by the host. the station as part of the settlement has had to air a retraction for the last several days.
Now, I don't live in Tulsa or have any relatives there. However I am familiar with what's been going on there. I've been reading stories and hearing from folks there in visits to Internet chat rooms about the shenangians that have been going on with the mayor and the city goverment.
The talk stations in Tulsa have been working to expose some of the unethical stuff that's been going on, something that the establishment media in that town has been lax about. Apparently, there are some in the political establishment in this town that don't seem to know how to handle having the whistle blown on them too well.
Earlier this year the voters in Tulsa turned down a river tax proposal. Something that obviously the mayor and the political establishment wasn't too happy about.
Which brings me to a little bit of advice for those seeking positions in city goverment whether it be a mayor, or a city council person or what have you. Now, I'm not advocating people go overboard when they blow the whistle on you. But, the Constitution does not protect you from public criticism of your actions just becuase you're a liberal, progressive or a moderate and have grandiose plans for your city.
When you work for a goverment entity whether it be a local, state or federal goverment your salary is being paid by those you're supposed to serve through tax dollars or in the case of city goverment utilities and sales taxes. You job is to represent everyone, not just those who vote for you or contribute to your political campaign. The moment you start deciding that you're going to use that public office you're holding as a business and charge people for your service in the form of political contributions to your next campaign then it becomes a problem and like it or not concerned people do have the right to blow the whistle on you.
There are of course some who say this is how the rule of law works but those people are drinking kool-aid and not facing reality. Unfortunately we're seeing way too much of this in some of the state and local goverments lately and it doesn't bode well for those places that are affected.
I do feel for the folks in Tulsa that are having to deal with these politicians and their shenangians. That's why you have Internet blogs and message boards. So you can be able to address these things anonymously without the fear of these bureaucrats knowing who you are and subjecting you to retribution.
Remember that next year is an election year and you'll have the chance to throw these people out of office if you don't like what they're doing. There are also such things as recall petitions. They're actually trying to start one in Lawton Oklahoma to throw the mayor out over a number of things the city council has done that they don't like.
The bottom line is hang in there. Things will get better eventually at some point.
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