Stanstamper’s Blog

January 15, 2009

Wanted: Political Leaders

Wanted: Political Leaders
Observing Oklahoma politics over the past three decades has been pretty painful. I can’t help but wonder if it has always been this way.
Unfortunately for Oklahoma taxpayers, the number of real leaders in Oklahoma politics could probably be counted on one hand.
Why can’t voters find some statesmen?
Statesman: a skilled, experienced, and respected political leader or figure.
Using the term loosely, I would suspect many of our present political figures would vainly consider themselves to be in such an elite group.
Read on: Statespersonship also conveys a quality of leadership that organically brings people together and of eldership, a spirit of caring for others and for the whole.
Every year we hear politicians, who occupy leadership positions, make grandiose promises about “working together.” The minute the gavel drops, the order of the day is “advancing party politics.”
I’m proud of the way our State Representative R.C. Pruett has conducted himself during his short tenure in the House. I consider him to be among the most honorable legislators in the state and I’m sure District 19 citizens will never be embarrassed by his actions.
I have decided to have some fun this year and show our readers how silly Oklahoma politics can be.
Almost every day we receive a press release from both parties which accuses the other party of some horrific act. Most are extremely childish and far from the kind of action a statesman would take.
For the most part, party leaders are first and foremost there to support their respective parties and a handful of constituents back home. The people are far down the list in importance.
Many legislators simply have one or two axes to grind and while roads and bridges fall apart, they introduce and push legislation that is so far down the state’s list of priorities, voters wonder how their proposal ever got out of committee.
The Oklahoma Senate, directed for the first time in history by Republicans, held an early meeting at the capitol this week to adopt new rules of operation. As you will see elsewhere on this page, the political mudslinging has begun before the session is even formally started.
Oklahoma voters will probably not see any change in the OKC Capitol Circus, until they encourage more statesmen to seek political office, and strongly support them when they do.
These will be people who have the courage to do the right thing for the citizenry, without putting themselves and their political careers first.
That will be a difficult task to say the least.


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