It is incredibly sad to see how far we have let our cherished democracy deteriorate into a dictatorial style of governance.
No longer is there any representation by those we elect since every candidate has already promised to serve their leader before the people. Gone are the days of public service, when a person actually got elected to help their community instead of the party,(and ultimately their bank accounts).
This style of government has become so normal that the candidates no longer feel a need to communicate with their constituents, even while in the midst of an election.
I sent several candidates e-mails more than two weeks ago inquiring about the their position or views on several issues that concern me and I received no reply from any of them. To completely ignore an inquiry from a constituent is insulting and demonstrates the contempt politicians of all stripes have for the people.
With this level of disconnect between the people and the government, it is hardly surprising to witness the disinterest in the electoral process and the resulting low turnout at the polls.
I certainly cannot justify taking time out of my day to cast a ballot for someone who cannot even answer an e-mail so on May 14 I will reciprocate by not contributing to anybody’s ticket onto the gravy train.