Dave Peregoy: We can do better
In 2016, we elected a president, who to put it mildly, has not behaved like his predecessors. Every day seems to bring a new Twitter tirade or an attack on any media that does not paint him in a favorable light. His constant attacks on the Department of Justice, FBI and other agencies are eroding the public‘s sense of being able to trust in their own government.
To be sure, elections have consequences. When one party or the other is in power, they have the ability and the right to pass legislation that is in line with their agenda. I also believe that no matter which party controls what, our system of government is designed with checks and balances.
As a part of these checks and balances, it should be the duty of every elected official to call out bad behavior by anyone in government who is unable to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. This could mean simply making a statement or better yet by coming out into the communities they serve and holding in-person town halls to listen to their voters questions and concerns.
To date in this presidency, we have not heard a word from our Republican members of the House and Senate calling out the leader of their own party. Nor have they come to Routt County to hold any town hall meetings.
Let’s not forget that they represent us not the president. Elections do have consequences, and this November, we have the ability to vote for individuals that will actually listen to their constituents and have the courage to call out bad behavior, no matter which side of the aisle it comes from.
Our election this year will be held on Nov. 6. If you’re currently registered, please vote. If you’re not, you still have time to register.
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