As our Marco Island 2012 Election Year finally comes to either a happy ending or a sad beginning in November (depending upon your politics and personal fancies), it’s time to plan ahead for our next Election Year. May I humbly suggest that our new cadre of incumbent and dreamy want-to-be office holders – along with their sycophant supporters – examine, critique, and otherwise clarify and even shorten their printed and spoken arguments, sales pitches, conversations, presumptions, endorsements and media releases in order:
(1) To build a more literate and motivated electorate which is broadly knowledgable and critically savvy about all candidates and issues including constitutional amendments and charter revisions;
(2) To create an array of office seekers and their supporters whose intentions, goals, motivations and commitments are easily identified and understood by all voters; and
(3) To produce public debate and forum venues and campaign programs which meet and satisfy the needs, desires and interests of most voters?
Herein follows statements and terms gleaned from the virtual tsunami of print and broadcast coverage, newspaper letters and commentaries, printed circulars, costly mailers and spoken messages, exchanges and pronouncements as well as formal speeches that have, once again, littered Marco Island’s 2012 Election Year. They have been selected because of their vagueness, lack of clarity, ambiguity, and confusion.
Without disclosing either source or pinning responsibility, authorship and ownership, wouldn’t our election season be more instructive, interesting and productive for all voters if ‘We the People’ of Marco Island demanded definitive clarity, precision and candor when the following words and terms are used?
A. For instance, what is meant by: Due diligence? Transparency? Misinformation? Disinformation?
Immediate irritation? Incorrigible provocateurs? Politically loose cannons? A Populist touch?
Disillusioned electorate? Regime abuses? Wired candidates? Lessoned accountability? Negative truths? Hidden agendas? Stop the insanity? Out of the box? Transparency in all things?
B. Next, how are the following translated: Message to Single Home Owners? A “fudgerama” budget? Superficiality in words and Deeds? Opposition is comprised of humorous pests? What Charter revisions? Most Collier County Commissioners are neat? In love with themselves?
Inability to connect with common people? Tired and hackney messages? A fiscal cliff?
Desiccated and dehydrated issues? The Party knows best? What is Marco Island’s “Taxageddon”? Malevolent hands and sick policies? A Liberal cabal? A Conservative cabal? Stop the real insecurity? Tax and spend fairly? We need unbiased consultants? Pants on fire? There’s a real Pinocchio nose?
C. And finally, what do politicians and their cohorts mean when they say: Government of, by and for the people? Our politicians have too many fixations? Exploiting dark decisions to score points? If you tell a lie enough times, it becomes true? If I think it’s true, it cannot be a lie? Actions speak louder than words? People vote out of fear? Politics is not a spectator sport? Nothing should happen absent a cost-benefit analysis? Where is our Hall of Fame for Political Spin? Public spending referendums are meaningless? Increasing population densities is good public policy in the neighborhoods of our Town Center? The Redevelopment of our Town Center using public tax revenues is a “must do” in order to increase our shrinking tax revenues by adding more multi-purpose high rises, inexpensive hotels and visitor rentals along with more high-rise visitor parking?
Why don’t we do here what Naples does? In summary, there’s many a slip and much ambiguity ‘twixt the lips, the eyes, the ears and the brains of both politicians and voters. The clear and ever pervasive question still persists: “Who says, writes, believes and acts upon what they really mean, and, moreover, really mean what say, write, believe and how they act during and after election seasons?”