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Loudest growl doesn't always win

Oct 17, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case

Voters can provide some clarity next election day, if only we'll remember.

I'd rather not write on political things. I'm not a dedicated party member -- Democrat, Republican or tea. But I strongly believe in America and our forefathers' declaration that all qualified voters should have a right to vote on matters that affect us and this country.

So shouldn't we speak up?

Today, it appears we're allowing certain people to override or nullify our right to that vote. That bothers me a lot.

Once votes are counted or laws passed, aren't we all expected to live by them unless or until they are changed legally, through the established and proven process?

That obligation does not bother me. I see guidelines as positives, a means for all of us to live together as peacefully and productively as possible. The word "guide" in the dictionary implies intimate knowledge of a way, a mentor, advisor, beacon -- a warning of difficulties and dangers.

Another view calls guidelines "strictures," confining and restraining. And that's where some strain at the bit, fearful that someone else is directing their lives.

In truth, we've all been given this Earth as a home. If each makes his/her own rules, clearly we'll live in chaos. No one will have any rights.

Do I hear someone suggest, "Creative thinking will be restricted by rules and regulations"?

But "thinking outside the box" and "breaking the laws the rest of us live by" are two very different things.

Fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka, for instance, certainly thought creatively when he discovered an early detection and rapid screening method for pancreatic cancer that won recent international science awards. He broke no laws and probably gave an invaluable gift to humanity.

In ethical contrast, after the last election Wyoming legislative members applied legal backgrounds to override the vote of Wyoming citizens, displace state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill from her duties, and continue to spend tax money to sponsor their disagreement with election results.

I do not know Ms. Hill. Little real information has been provided to explain her displacement, or her replacement, we're told, by a man of the governor's choice to that position. Nor does anyone else know much about it. Selected legislators have, after only vague and pointless efforts to justify their action, (an employee's eyelashes came out, some employees once cried, Ms. Hill lifted the knife she was using to cut birthday cake, didn't invite everyone to the party, etc.) produced very little logic after months of inane effort to do so.

Such performance should be frightening to taxpayers.

But there's more.

For months, we've watched our federal government officials blatantly refusing to do the very important job we, the people, elected and pay them to do. Many citizens suffer as a result.

The world wonders who has taken over the land of the free and the home of the brave.

I suggest these obstinate, disgruntled thinkers take a serious look at the now 16-year-old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, who, at age 15, became a real patriot, defended what was right and fair for her people, and suffered a shot in the head by the Taliban, who feared her. After a desperate struggle, Malala recovered and continues to defend the rights of the people to be heard.

That is true patriotism.

Just type the name of Malala into any computer web server. See if you can read her true story without a lump in your throat or tears in your eyes.

See if you do not feel a deeper sense of what real ethics and conscience are about in this life, if your understanding of patriotism doesn't feel considerably expanded, your sense of possibility thinking prodding at a tender spot deep within.

Ethics, according to the dictionary, are a set of moral principles held by or governing a culture, group, or individual; a moral precept or rule dealing with human conduct with respect to the rightness or wrongness of actions, and goodness or badness of motives and ends.

Recently, we're told, feminine legislators in Washington are banding together in a political sisterhood to try to awaken real ethics and lend some common sense to the disgruntled little boys who still haven't learned that the loudest growl can't win every game.

So what part of the word "vote" don't they understand?

There's a sure way to clarify their confusion.

It's expected we'll forget by the next election day.

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