Politicians gone after election day
Every year, the television stations are filled with the excitement that comes with the elections. Millions of dollars are raised for politicians to campaign throughout the city, state and country. But what is this word "campaign"? To me, "campaign" is another word for "advertisement," what person can sell the best speech, slogan or phrase.
Isn't it amazing how areas such as Blackmon Road, Saluda Street and Workman Street become target areas for politicians to preach hope and change? But when it's all said and done, when the news cameras are gone, and Matt Garfield and Andrew Dys have put their writing pads and pens away, what happens to the speeches filled with hope and change?
When the elections are over and the voting booths are closed, did those on Blackmon Road, Saluda Street and Workman Street find themselves the victims of another campaign? Who will speak for those victims of unemployment, for those suffering in areas where drug dealers and gangs rule, for the person sitting by a kerosene heater trying to keep warm because their electricity bill has gone up during the colder months? Who will speak for the war veterans who are now homeless?
The candidates meet with us, talk to us, some even pray with us, and for that moment it seems like we matter to them. How come after the elections, there are no more visits from my representatives? When was the last time one of them came to your church to talk on progress or change? Do they even remember your name?
As you drive around town, do you see the fliers and signs everywhere pleading for a vote? Where are the signs offering financial aid to ex-cons who want to turn their lives around? Where are the forums for educating our young women on a system better than welfare? Where the forums to teach our young men how to be a father to their children? It's time for the voters to speak with one voice, "If they want our vote, then come get it!" Walk down Saluda now, not later! Visit Blackmon Road now, not election time! Don't come to us with what you think we want to hear; instead, tell us what you are going to do about it, and let us hold you accountable.