Have we become so accustommed to political correctness that we now give every politician a free pass by not requesting to clarify their previous assertions or activities? Getting true facts in any circumstances would be to everyone’s advantage. It is unfortunate and inexcusable that voters are mostly provided rhetoric and very little substance.
Politicians are not celebrities and should not be treated as such. In a recent letter a resident made an excellent point: these people work for us or they are bidding to work for us. Having established that relationship, I see no reason not to ask the following questions and anticipate immediate replies from the candidates.
You are running as candidates under the Republican Party banner; what have you personally done to support the Horry County Republican Party within the last two years?
Mark Lazarus: What has changed that you now support our law enforcement but in 2005 and 2006 were the only person who cast a no vote to not support the same group of persons?
Liz Gilland: Understanding that it is possible to forget to file important papers; but having served eight years on County Council and being well versed in the procedure, what assurance can you give that an event like this would not happen with filings of critical nature for Horry County?
Debbie Harwell: You spoke of lobbying for employees to ensure their wages remained at $14/hour. Were you hired by these employees or were you hired to lobby for and by their company?
Mark Lazarus: Did you and the company where you are employed stand to make a profit from Project Blue through sale of your property?
Mark Lazarus: Early in your campaign you sent many emails to many Republicans. How did you obtain confidential email addresses?
Allow me to articulate my true desire for wanting to be totally informed. If I am misguided in my vote because I didn’t seek essential answers to areas that may be of conflict, then who’s to blame if a candidate was not forthright because I didn’t ask? I can neither fault the candidate nor the person who is present and chooses not to participate in the process. I only need to look at myself. Hopefully, all moderators have ample time for all questions and have not pre-selected questions based on what they perceive as political correctness for fear of rejection by the candidate.
This is not “gotcha” analyses, but is a true willingness to learn more about every candidate. Being informed is being able to make a coherent decision. Being uninformed is being misinformed and will lead me and others in possibly making a bad choice and future regret.
The writer lives in North Myrtle Beach.