Saturday, October 05, 2013

Questioning Elected Officials

Sitting here, I am reminded of Mayor Jeff Meyers' comments in the Shawnee Dispatch about some folks asking too many questions. 

I'm reminded how some members of the city council have complained about citizens asking questions.  And even get offended that the questions get asked.

I'm reminded how some local elected officials fail to respond with specific answers to specific, direct questions.

I'm reminded how the city manager dances around certain questions, or refuses to answer altogether.

And then I'm reminded about a scene from the movie "The American President".  In this scene, the Michael J Fox character who is on the President's staff, questions the President.  The Martin Sheen character, then takes the Fox character to task for questioning the President.  This is the result:

A. J. MacInerney: The President doesn't answer to you, Lewis!

Lewis Rothschild: Oh, yes he does A.J. I'm a citizen, this is my President. And in this country it is not only permissible to question our leaders it's our responsibility!

Going forward I will continue to question those items that I feel need questioning.  I will continue to point out the hypocrisy of those officials who refuse to provide specific answers to specific questions.  And, the City of Shawnee is hereby put on notice that if the person that gets the $70K per year job as PIO becomes a puppet for the city and fails to respond to direct queries, that person will be held accountable.  That is our money, and we deserve to have it spent to properly inform and respond to us and not be a propaganda generator.

So, let's reiterate "Lewis Rothschild's" comment:   And in this country it is not only permissible to question our leaders it's our responsibility!   And we better start getting real answers.

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