Vote for what you believe so we know where you stand

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By Brad Bowman

Jon Park

Henry County GOP Chairman

James 5:12 says “let your yes be yes and your no be no.  Stand up for what you believe. 

When Barack Obama was a state senator in the Illinois State Legislature, the future president voted present 129 times.  In a speech to the Republican Convention, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said of Obama’s state senate voting record, “Nearly130 times, he couldn’t make a decision. He (Obama) couldn’t figure out whether to vote yes or no. It was too tough. He voted — he voted present.  I didn’t know about this vote “present” when I was mayor of New York City.  Sarah Palin didn’t have this vote “present” when she was mayor or governor. You don’t get “present.” It doesn’t work in an executive job. For president of the United States, it’s not good enough to be present.”

I believe if you are elected to public office from city council to United States Senate, you are obliged to vote. We send you to elected office to be our voice.  It is the way we review your performance when it is time to re-elect you and to see if your voting record matches up with your promises.

A couple of weeks ago, I was disappointed to learn that 49 Kentucky State Representatives, employees of the taxpayers, chose to not vote at all on a bill. Not yes, or no, they just did not bother to vote for a bill that would have required an ultrasound to be performed prior to having an abortion. Forty-nine elected officials sent to Frankfort to be our voice, chose not to say anything.  Hiding from being on record.

One of the 49 was District 47 Representative Rick Rand.  Our voice in Frankfort. I should not be surprised. In 2012 the Kentucky Right to Life sent Rep. Rand a questionnaire regarding his stance on abortion, and he chose not to answer.

We need elected officials who show us their hand. If you are pro choice, say you are pro choice. If you are for raising taxes, say that.  Do not pretend to be conservative, then vote liberal.  Do not take cover when there is a difficult vote.  You can explain why you voted the way you did.  When you apply for the job, you should say who you are, what you believe. It is unacceptable in the private sector, and it should not be acceptable of our elected officials.

Let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no.  Stand up for what you believe.  So we can have an informed record when it comes time to re-elect you.