Have Politicians Forgotten How to Do Their Jobs?

For the past few years I’ve been making the comment that politicians have forgotten how to actually do the job they are elected to do. The argument from some of my friends is that it has happened because of our instant society. Elected officials have to stay in “election” mode, being on their guard, always worried that if they say or do the wrong thing it could go viral and ruin their career.
Another argument has been that it’s because the civic minded people that choose public service as a career, the people that used to work behind the scenes to actually make things work no longer run for office because instead of winning elections by having the best policy positions and record, the person with the best team of dirt diggers gets the gig.
A generation of this type of political maneuvering has resulted in a revolt of sorts. The obvious fallout of this revolt at the moment is the ascension of Donald Trump, who is now poised to become the presidential nominee of the Republican Party. His campaign has defied all conventional political rules. His seemingly juggernaut like hold on this election cycle can be directly connected to the lack of action by people that were more concerned about doing anything it took to get the gig, but didn’t do the job once they got it.
The election of John Bel Edwards last fall was an offshoot of this same revolt on the state level. The last governor bungled his job over and over again, coupled with a legislature that seemed to lack the fortitude to tell him no, made an electorate that had enough. When Senator David Vitter attempted to bully his was into the Governor’s Mansion, the voters hit their limit and instead pushed him into retirement.
What is happening now in Louisiana could happen to Trump if he is not careful. Governor Edwards has run into one obstacle after another trying to fix the mess he was left with once he got into office. The legislators who could lacked a spine with our last governor, want to show that they can do their jobs now. The GOP members of the state house and senate undermine what needs to be done, then try to blame the governor because they are stopping things from getting passed. It is pure political posturing, and they are either too dense or too wrapped up in the game to see their actions are hurting more than helping.
This style of politics needs to stop. Voters that feel that politicians need to stick to their agenda, to never compromise, and think that’s what works are short sighted.
To the politicians, the message is simple. Throw your mud, play your games, and be a party politician during the election cycle. Once you have won office, it becomes time to represent all the people. Work through the issues, but get legislation through that is the best compromise for all concerned. Compromise is the only way any relationship works. When you forget that, you lose the most important part of being an elected official, you were put in office to work on our behalf to use common sense to do what will work for all of us.

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