TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2009
I'm wondering where all this unrest is coming from. A lot of people seem to be afraid and angry lately. You would think that is true by what you hear, what you read and what you see.
The Buffalo Bills are off to a horrible start and a lot of folks are clamoring for the head of the head coach. The health care issue is making some folks downright unhealthy and downsizing seems to be the newest mantra. It's like people are thinking that the "change is gonna do me good." And that to me is a little bit contrary to the way most of us were brought up.
When I was a kid my mom always said to me: "there're three things you never change: your religion, your spouse and your political affiliation." I would also think that most people don't like to change their parish, their doctor and their barber, and yet we do, when a church closes, a doctor retires or our barber dies. After my barber died, it took me over a year to find another one that I felt comfortable with. When my doctor retired, I sought out someone that was about ten years younger than me. As for my church, I'll just keep that to myself.
Anyway, my guess is that the majority of us are quite content right where we're at. And most of us aren't vocal about where we're; we're what is referred to as the silent majority. And yet, as the old saying goes, "the squeaky wheel gets the oil" regardless of how content we seem to be, a certain move towards change may come crashing in on us quicker than we'd like. Not that I'm a skeptic, but when something is labeled "new and improved," my first thought is always, what was so wrong with the old.
Certainly I'm not opposed to change, if it's planned, discussed and unanimously agreed upon. And of course, I know that many of you folks would never call me to let me know how you feel on these issues, so as you legislator I take all of you into consideration when I cast my vote. I hear the clamor for change. I hear people say they want government downsized, but I also hear people say that they need a little help to pay their heating bills in winter, or a little relief on their taxes.
And often times, my conscience tells me that I'm not hearing from many of the silent majority at all. And that is the tough part of being a legislator. I am obligated to those voices that I'm not hearing load and clear. Those people who don't vote, those that are not as vocal as some, but yet are equal as citizens. The voices of the content, the poor, the unspoken will not be marginalized by this legislator. For me the toughest votes I make are always when I take everything into consideration.