The Mississippi Legislature
The Mississippi legislature is indeed a beast. I believe it consist of the largest group of immoral, incompetent, and uncaring people I’ve ever met. The average unsuspecting person will be chewed up and spit out almost as soon as they are elected.
Most believe it is the lobbyist who are the worst in the legislature but I’ve found lobbyist to be exactly who and what they profess to be, while legislators are often the opposite of what they claim.
There are two types of politicians in the legislature of which the newly elected legislator must be on the lookout. The first group are those who are extremely smart and capable of manipulating people. They can make anyone feel they are important, they listen and seem to agree completely with whatever your view happens to be. They are usually in a leadership position and use terms like, team-player, don’t you want to be relevant, and promise to “help you accomplish your goals” but only if you help them first.
The other group to be wary of are those who are “good intentioned”, some might even describe them as good people, but they want to be there so badly they are afraid to take a stand. These folks may have made it to a position as a committee chairman or vice-chairman and they are scared to death of losing that position. These are the legislators who know and believe in the Republican Party Platform but are too afraid to take a stand. The vast majority of legislators fall into this category. The thought of not being re-elected or losing that coveted position paralyzes them and they will betray every principle just to stay in the game.
Both of these groups are dangerous to the newly elected legislator. The first group will manipulate them and the second group will fill them with fear if they dare to take a stand.
As you prepare to vote this coming August ask yourself if that person has the strength to withstand this pressure.
But once elected it becomes your responsibility to remind your representative that you are watching, that you expect them to do what is right and maintain the principles you elected them to uphold. Even if it cost them that coveted position.
Follow this link for a list of candidates that have the strength and convictions needed to fight for you once elected. Vote for these men and women on August 8.