Some politicians should just go … permanently

It took the Wake County Commissioners three days to elect a new chair and vice-chair. Democratic county commissioners should heed the advice of one of their own: “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen” (Harry Truman). They act as if they are owed special consideration for their service on the commission.

Betty Lou Ward thinks she earned the right to come and go as she pleases during meetings because she’s served on the board for 21 years. Apparently, in all that time she never knew if you left a meeting and there was a vote, your vote was recorded as a yes.

Stan Norwalk thinks the commission should offer him special privileges because of his illness. It was, after all, a pre-existing condition.

This 3-3 deadlock that prevented the board from electing a chair exists because one Democratic member, Harold Webb, has been unable to attend meetings since September because of illness.

Webb finally should up for the meeting today, via telephone, and the board elected Betty Ward vice-chair, voting (surprise) along straight party lines.

And they have the audacity to call themselves “public servants.” However well meaning they may be, good intentions are no substitute for actions. In a republic, elected leaders are the equals, not the superiors, of the electorate.

By acting as privileged persons, elected officials demean themselves and the position they hold, and ill serve the taxpayers.

Unfortunately, this is all to common behavior for elected officials. They moan about how hard their job is, how difficult the decisions are they must make, and how they are only raising your taxes, or outlawing yet another human action for your own good.

Before you write an irate comment that I’m against old people and the ill. I remind you that I am 61 and know what if feels like sitting through an interminable meeting when you have to go.