This afternoon I went to a Tax Day Tea Party Rally at St. Charles, Missouri, put on by Chuck MacNab and the K&N Patriots. Because of the strong possibility of rain and hail, the Rally was moved from in front of the Old Courthouse to inside the County Administration building. Chuck and his group did an excellent job of putting this together and had Ann Wagner, the former Ambassador to Luxembourg, Steve Ehlmann, a St. Charles County Executive, Tom Dempsey, Missouri State Senator, and Tom Schweich, the newly elected Missouri State Auditor as the speakers. I am bringing this up because of what I saw when the speakers were talking to the people and the opinions I had of them when they finished. All were professional, all were Conservatives, and all received applause from the people attending. But my experience working in DC gave me an insight to things that made them all appear to be typical politicians, except for one.
Ambassador Wagner was an attractive, well-spoken person, one who spoke with the ease of a national politician, choosing exactly the right words, expressing them in exactly the right manner to fire up the listeners. She knew how get the crowd involved in her speech, how to aim her language directly at the people, to get them to believe she was speaking to them, not a national crowd, making them all feel some sort of “personal contact” with her. I’m not saying I didn’t think she was talking about opinions that were important to her, I’m saying she was using “talking points” to show her connections with the people, without ever seriously having to get deeper into “why” she felt the way she did, without having to back up her ideas with strong facts and heavy reasoning! It was a “Rah Rah, Sis, Boom Bah!” kind of speech, typical of Washington, and State and Local politics; a “Cheer the crowd up and promise them nothing!” kind of cheerleading seminar! And, although they didn’t have the expertise and experience that Ambassador Wagner had, Steve Ehlmann and Tom Dempsey provided the same basic kind of “touchstone” presentations. But one speaker really stood out in my eyes.
Tom Schweich was elected into the office of the Missouri State Auditor in last year’s election. I had never met him, although I did hear him speak at a gathering last year; I was impressed enough by his speech to vote for him in the election, and I was glad to see him win. When he spoke today, he talked about the problems with our state, the financial problems, the problem with Missouri losing jobs for the citizens of the state, and the high costs of maintaining proper health care and welfare. I don’t want to go into depth on his speech, that is not my purpose here; what I want to bring to your attention is that he showed the problems, then he offered solutions! He explained how and why we got where we were, with no sugar-coating on it, and gave his ideas for good solutions to get the state back on track! He spoke as a problem solver, not a politician, and I could see his sincerity in his plans to work to bring Missouri back into financial solvency. He wasn’t there to try to cheer everyone up, to try to build a following for support in future elections; he was there to speak to the people about what needed to be done! In all of my time in DC I never met anyone who looked more towards solving the problems than they did in trying to create a base of support for their re-elections, and here was a man speaking plainly and boldly about what was wrong, and what was needed to change it! I can see a good future in politics for Tom Schweich!
What I saw today is what you need to see in the people who are running for office in the upcoming elections, be they National, State, or Local elections. Look at them as if you were one of the judges in a Speech contest; why are they speaking, why are they saying what they are saying, and what does it all truly mean to you? You don’t need to hear talking points, you need to hear facts! When a politician speaks to you, you should feel that he is speaking to you, not just one “average person” of every crowd he will speak to in every get-together! He should be going into facts and figures concerning the issues that are of importance to you, offering you solid ideas for fixing problems, not just speaking the same talking points that every other politician is using! He should show a deep sincerity in his meaning and reasoning for doing what he is doing, and you should feel a confidence in him for a “trust” that he is telling you the truth, not just that “glowing feeling” of sugar-coating that is typical during election periods! If you can ask him questions, ask him pointed questions, hard questions, then see if he answers them directly, or if he simply dodges the answer by shifting the direction of the conversation! We hire these people through elections, they are our employees and, if we ask them a question, they have the responsibility to answer our questions exactly the same as you have to answer any questions given you by your boss! If they don’t answer directly on the issue, or if they dodge the question by shifting over to another topic, it is usually because they don’t know enough about what you asked to answer you properly! And, if anyone should know everything about all political issues, it is our hired help; our politicians!
We will be asked to go to the polls next year to vote for almost every major office on every level, and it is our responsibility to know everything we can about who we vote into office, to ensure that our nation turns away from all of this wasteful and destructive financial “Monopoly” spending being carried on by our current leaders! Go to the Town Hall meetings, go to the debates and speeches, and listen closely to what they are saying, to find out if they are simply running for election, or if they are seriously trying to gain an office to fix the problem! If they are playing the “Rah Rah, Sis, Boom Bah!” game, wake everyone up to what is going on and work to keep them from being elected! And, yes; it is just as important to work to keep someone from being elected as it is to work to elect someone! No politician’s office just works to elect him; they have teams that do nothing more that dig up information on their opponents that can be used against them! Learn everything you can about the issues, learn about the causes and the solutions, and find out who is seriously backing the right path to solving the problem! Don’t let the “sweet” speak of politicians sway you from your goal! What we do in this upcoming election will decide if our children and grandchildren will live the lives we did, or if they will exist in another USSR style of life! The Teachers, College Professors, Movie Makers, Movie Stars, Musicians, and Progressive news shows are teaching our children that our way of life is wrong, that everyone around the world deserves what we have worked for, and we need to educate them in the reality of life, to get them to understand that Freedom is not Free, and the best way to do that is to get involved in the Electoral system, to show our kids that we really care about what happens to them, and that we will go as far as we can to protect them! And take them with you to the rallies, debates and speeches, to let them see what is happening, first-hand! Get them involved; it’s their country too! Don’t drop the ball, my fellow citizens, or we will definitely lose this game!
WAKE UP AMERICANS, OR LOSE AMERICA!
Michael J. Kilgus