Posted by: Genny Colby | June 6, 2012

An Open Letter

Dear Wisconsin,

The past 18 months have been difficult for both sides on the political spectrum. Many things have happened in WI that have saddened me, angered me, and in general just given me a bad taste for the way our political landscape has been changing.  No matter what side of the debate you happen to be, I would hope we can all agree that in general, politics (and elected officials) are less concerned with make decisions that benefit the people they represent than they are in advancing their own political career, or making/keeping friends with enough money to assist in their political aspirations.

As the WI recall elections come to a close, regardless of how you feel about the results, I can only hope both sides have learned a lesson.  I hope that they are able to remember that they are elected officials, elected to do a job for the people of WI, not those special interest groups, large out-of-state donors, etc. that may have given them (or their party) a great deal of money.  And that regardless of their party affiliation, they are supposed to represent ALL the people, not just those that may have voted for them.  We may not always agree with every decision that is made, but overall they need to be able to show how these actions are in the state’s best interest.  It is time to put the politics aside and work together to make WI the great state that it can be and has been before this past year has caused such divisions.  It is time to do the job they were elected to do and leave the playground antics to kids on the playground.

I would hope that every elected official realizes that they are hired to do a job and the people will hold them accountable.  They will not just sit quietly on the sidelines and let a small select group of people make all the decisions based on their whims or promises made to a small group.

While I know this was a WI issue, it does have implications for our country as a whole.  We all have to remember that our elected officials work for us and we don’t have to just sit back and let them do what ever they want.  We can make our voices heard and we should not be afraid to stand up for what is important to us.

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