This following article is an excerpt from Steven Roger’s book “Governing the Affairs of the People”
“…Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are.” – Ecclesiastes 10:2-3
Everyone who occupies a seat in government, be that seat on on a local, county, state or federal level, will at some time have to make a decision involving a controversial issue that divides the public.
Visits from lobbyists, party bosses, special interest groups and many others who want to convince the leader to support their cause becomes common place. The door to offices doesn’t stop swinging, the telephone does not stop ringing, the text messaging and emailing goes on day and night.
These individuals usually start their conversations diplomatically with promises of increased power, influence, financial rewards, and much more.
If all of that fails, then the one statement that runs a chill up and down the spine of most government leaders is used to convince them; “If you don’t support us, we will not support you for re-election.”
Many government leaders who hear those words get frightened at the prospects of being defeated in their next election. As a result, they begin to focus on what is politically best for them, rather than what is best for the people.
Leaders who succumb to what I call political blackmail and accept the enticements and temptations offered by these operatives, have decided to take the first step on a road that will end their political career and much more.
“He (or she) goes after her (the enticements) straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter…” (Proverbs 7:22)
There were times when I was offered so-called “perks” for my commitment to support positions important to special interests that I knew were not in the best interest of the public. I turned them down one by one.
Was I concerned about my future in politics? Of course. Was I concerned about losing friends? Yes, and I did!
On several occasions friends of mine would tell me it was political suicide not to support the agenda of some special interest groups. But I was more concerned about protecting my character and the integrity of the office I held.
Those things were more important to me than anything anyone could offer me, including political support during an election.
Because I refused to do business as usual, I soon became an outsider, not a team player, one not to be expected to accept or do favors. In short, I was called a fool. But at the end of the day, those who shunned me were the fools.
“The wise person accepts commands, but the chattering fool will be brought down. Whoever walks in integrity lives prudently, but whoever perverts his way of life will be exposed. Those who wink their eyes are trouble makers, and the mocking fool will be brought down.” (Proverbs 10:8-10)
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