‘The day after’ is here at last, as of Wednesday
by William Lewis
May 22, 2014 12:34 AM | 952 views | 1 1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hooray! Wednesday, May 21 finally arrived! The day after the Georgia primary election is the day I thought would never get here. For the first time in what seems like months, though it is likely only weeks, my phone will not be ringing hourly with recorded messages touting the capabilities of folks running for various offices. Now, under different circumstances, I might be gratified to be getting personal phone calls from a governor, U.S. and state senators, U.S. and state representatives, judges, county commissioners, school board members and Sarah Palin. (Actually Ms. Palin can continue to call me.)

In this case, however, it was overkill, which together with the thousands of signs littering lawns and intersections throughout Cobb County and the incessant negative TV and radio ads had me counting the days until the sun rose Wednesday morning. At least now TV and radio can go back to advertising on really important issues, like acne treatment, stain removal, erectile dysfunction and auto insurance. By the way, how can every auto insurance company save me $493, including the one I presently use?

Even more troubling is that despite an admittedly half-hearted effort, I had very little in-depth knowledge of what all these candidates really stood for and will do once in office. Oh, I heard what they claim and promise they will do, but words are cheap (and plentiful) when they are mouthed by those who want to “serve me.” I assume I was not alone in this predicament, as I bet 90 percent of fellow Georgia voters checked off names of folks whose backgrounds and capabilities they never seriously researched.

I have therefore decided that going forward I will use another method for deciding my vote — the process of elimination. I’m starting with no more lawyers. We are already way over par on that front. All they want to do anyway is pass more laws, and in that department we are even more over par.

I have read the present amount of federal, state, county, city and community (yes, neighborhood covenants are legal documents) laws now on the books would fill the Georgia Dome to overflowing. How could any elected official really have even the slightest clue of what has already been enacted? Besides, lawyers usually pass new laws with only one major consideration — billable hours for the practices they will retreat to when their days of “serving me” are over.

I will not vote for actors, musicians, or sports figures either, especially the overpaid and pampered profession type of athlete. Yes, we have had effective celebrities like President Reagan, Sen. Jim Bunning and Rep. J.C. Watts in the past, but we have also endured the likes of Jesse Ventura and “Ahnold” Schwarzenegger. The thought of a “Senator Dennis Rodman,” a “Governor Donald Sterling” and “the Honorable Judge Lindsay Lohan” in the future sends shivers up my spine.

I cannot consider voting for reporters, novelists, poets, and other men-of-letters. (Most politicians are only familiar with half of the letters anyway.) Added to my no-no list will be anyone doing real or potential harm to the economy — investment bankers, anyone in the petroleum industry, real estate speculators, big-box retail executives, and my former investment advisers.

On the other hand, some people are just too important in their present occupations to have them wasting their valuable time on political shenanigans — educators, health care professionals, armed forces personnel, and my present financial advisor.

All that said, I do not know where that leaves me in my future voting considerations. I have likely eliminated many of the candidates who will be on November ballots.

Yikes, November ballots! That means we have fewer than four months of peace before the hourly recorded phone calls, the glut of negative TV/radio ads, and the sprouting of signage begin again.

Maybe the little lady and I will take that long-awaited global cruise, the one starting in mid-September and returning to port on the first Wednesday in November.

William Lewis is a retired senior VP of a locally based $1-billion manufacturing company.



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May 22, 2014
Mr. Lewis, I think you forgot one big category to Avoid voting for- medical doctors. Many of the "elected" doctors in office have been protecting other doctor's high salaries. One in Cobb County is now gone. Thank goodness.

It is time for elected officials to work TOGETHER for the betterment of all citizens, not just the wealthy connected citizens.
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