Most definitely, the more politicos I know the more I love my pet and the more I appreciate her loyalty and love for me. We probably all have heard the question, “How do you know when an attorney is lying?” to which the answer is, “When his lips move up and down,” but we can apply that same Q & A to politicians. When they are running for office, they know everyone; some even can call you by your first name and remember to ask you about your son or daughter. Once the election is over and they win, they are “too busy” to talk, much less to hear what you have to say to them.
Any ideas you may have, you need to pass along through the assistant, the right-hand man (usually) — or just “my man,” “the one who keeps track of my stuff”; but in any case, the politico won’t have time for you then. Election time is time to attend all the community events and all the parades and patriotic celebrations and speak all the languages in the world as if what they were speaking was their own language.
The word that might be synonymous with politicians would be hypocrisy, because being hypocritical seems to be second nature to politicians since they do it very well and people accept it as normal behavior, as long as they are able to pose with the politician for one or two photos so they can brag to their friends about the close friendship they have with the politician that only comes around during their election season.
But now let’s turn the tables around; let’s talk about the people that approach the candidate at election time. The first question these people ask when someone asks for their help to elect one or another candidate is, “What’s in it for me?” with no concern for even knowing the ideas of the candidate, his or her principles, or even party affiliation. It is important to learn about the candidate, the ideologies that may motivate the candidate and why the candidate made the decision to run for that office.
When a political candidate says that the reason for running is to “give back to the community,” we need to ask what is behind that “generous gesture” because most likely the candidate is not going to “give back” but to use the position as a stepping stone to advance his career more than anything else. If they really want “to give back to the community,” the voters should not abuse such generosity and not let the candidate “give back to the community” more than three terms; that is a pretty good give-back period of time.
During three terms they will have had enough time to make connections, to get some people obligated to them to offer them a good job when they leave politics, to get well established and leave with a prestigious job on their resume. If the president of this great nation can “give back” in two terms, the rest of us can also give back to the people in two terms and no more, regardless of how good their job has been. It is the community, the voters, the constituents, who should work with these office-holders to make sure that we all look at the same target or focus.
My problem in life is that I believe in being honest, truthful and loyal — especially loyal; I cannot stand traitors, double-crossers and betrayals. It is my firm belief that if a person is truthful, he/she will be better respected than a two-faced hypocrite, because with a hypocrite, one never knows if the person is telling the truth or not.
The other day I was telling a friend that I am very lucky because in all the years I have been here, I can go anywhere and I don’t have to hide from anyone. Many people may disagree with me; they may not like what I have to say and on many occasions they may not like how I say it, but they can never say that I lie, that I play the two sides of any issue, or that I have been disrespectful. And that is why I get disappointed when politicians try to insult my intelligence by pretending to be what they are not. I may even get angry (or insulted) when they think that because I speak with an accent I think with an accent because that is far from the truth.
My ex-wife once told a friend of mine that she cannot hate me because I never lied to her; from the very first day I told her that I was a no good SOB and that she would be better off without me, but she did not listen or believe me, so the marriage only lasted nine years. But now, whenever we run into each other, we are able to talk and be cordial to each other like normal human beings. Respect is a very important thing in life; if one doesn’t respect the other person, how can one expect to get respect back? Yeah, I know I expect the impossible of this world we are living in nowadays, but what can I say or what can I do? I am too old now to change my old habits.
Getting back to the politicians and office-holders, this week is early voting for the municipal elections in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, so before you make your selection, read the ballots and learn as much as you can about the candidates before casting your vote. Look at the bright side: it is not like any other election where many candidates are running for the office; this time Las Vegas has one judicial candidate and three offices in the city council, so it is not that difficult to learn about the candidates and try to make the best choice possible to ensure that the next four years we will have the best we can have in local government. We need to do that, not just for ourselves, but for the future generations to come.
Good luck to you all, and let’s hope we make the right choices that will benefit the whole community, not just one person.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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