Weatherford Democrat

May 17, 2013

Guest opinion: Campaign with honor

Weatherford Democrat

— By ZAN PRINCE | Chair, Parker County Republican Party

All politics is local and personal! I hope that you and your family have a wonderful summer, filled with relationship building experiences and times of relaxation. As you do all the things that re-charge us for the next round at work and involvement in community and political activities, let’s reflect on the 2013 local elections for a moment.

Did you see this disgraceful attack on our American election process?

Elections are the ultimate expression of our First Amendment-protected free speech. Every citizen from every walk of life has the opportunity and responsibility to participate in the process. While “good folks” have worked hard, taken care of their families and volunteered at the church, others have been whittling away at the very things that make America great.

While we believed there was no way certain things could happen in America, unbelievable laws were passed that have a horrible effect on our lives. When we were children, who would have ever imagined an America where Christian expressions of faith, gun ownership or the responsibility of the individual were challenged?

It’s time for each and every citizen to get informed and get involved. The investment in our present and future is worth the time and effort. We need ALL of the contributions of ALL hardworking Americans who believe in American values to make sure that America has religious, civil, and physical liberties.

Now, let’s look back to the 2013 elections right here in Parker County. In campaigns involving our friends and neighbors, we just finished campaigns that involved vandalism, name calling, intimidation and fact twisting that I would call lying if I was correcting my grandchildren’s behavior.

Free speech is at the very foundation of political dialogue for any and all sides. All need to be respectful while agreeing to disagree. In many cases, this election involved name calling and mud that has no place in any politics, especially in local politics.

We need to hold all of the people who engage in negative campaigning accountable with a vote against their position. We do not need people leading our community or country who need to tear down their opponent, rather than promoting their candidacy and values to the voters.

We do not need campaigning that involves theft, graffiti, yelling obscenities at opponents, putting signs out in the right of way, or putting up signs on private property without permission. People who use a bully pulpit and give out wrong information for their personal gain or glory dishonor themselves and our political process.

There are campaign laws that are the first test of a candidate’s respect for the election process and the laws that govern our country. Each elected official takes an oath to defend the Constitution and the laws of our country, and that oath should be more than just words before, during, and after the campaign. 

For the next election, let’s engage in a respectful dialogue with all perspectives welcome. For all future elections, let’s campaign with honor. The political process needs to invite all to participate, not disgust potential voters which takes good folks out of the decision process. As campaigners and citizens, let’s denounce all bad behavior, and let’s elect the best person to each position to represent our positions.

Thank you to each of the campaign volunteers. Thank you to each of our election workers who take time out of their busy schedules to work the polls. Thank you to all who participate in campaigns and elections! Don’t let anyone or any bad behavior keep you or your neighbors out of the process! All politics is local and personal, and you are needed!

“A person who is fundamentally honest doesn’t need a code of ethics. The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount are all the ethical code anybody needs.”

— President Harry S. Truman

The people “have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge – I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers.”

– President John Adams

“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. “I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside me.”

– President Abraham Lincoln