Choosing Leaders

Sunday’s game was a nightmare and I am still trying to recover from it. I am not talking about the game itself, that is the one piece that did turn out well with the Diamondbacks completing a sweep of the Giants and moving to within a half a game of first place (After the destruction of the Dodgers last night they leapfrogged onto the top of the standings). No, it was the events before the game that had me so frazzled. For some unknown reason the state of Arizona insists on doing road work on the Interstate from my house to the ballpark on weekends when the Diamondbacks are in town. Do none of these guys ever look at a schedule? I mean there are 81 days from April 1 through September 30 that they could work on the road and not have any adverse impact on the life of a baseball fan. So with leaders already announcing their intentions to seek office, I’ve made a note to myself to pay closer attention to the campaign rhetoric during the next election and to become more involved in the political process. At the next candidate debate I am going to enter a few questions just to make sure we are better informed voters.

For example, these should be asked of every potential elected official:

  1. What are your views on the validity of the designated hitter?
  2. Do you support making Opening Day a national holiday?
  3. Have you ever knowingly taken steroids or rubbed flax seed oil on any part of your body?
  4. Were you ever a card-carrying member of the Arizona Diamondbacks fan loyalty program?
  5. When is the most appropriate time for road work to occur? A follow-up question: What is the longest road trip on the 2007 Diamondbacks schedule?

A lot can be learned based upon the answers that are given. For example, if we elect a left-wing designated hitter bat hugger we should probably not expect that official to be sympathetic to the plight of the double switch. They are probably also not a fan of small ball since they have 9 solid hitters and are not worried about when the pitcher’s spot is coming up next inning. If we elect a socialist Opening Day hater we should not be surprised when they propose a new law mandating children remain in school and not get to go to day games. They are probably not a member of the green party either since they are suggesting that baseball is best played at night after a work day meaning that we will be more dependant upon the foreign oil companies. Now I am not sure I have ever met a lawmaker who takes steroids and I am not exactly sure what benefit they might gain from that unless it might be longer filibusters or the ability to recover faster when their bills are defeated. Still, I think it is an unfair advantage and something that should be disclosed before they take office. I’m not saying steroids are necessarily bad, I am just saying that we should go into an election with our eyes wide opened. In 1998 when local governments were struggling to recover from a strike that took away the World Series, steroids may have helped to get people excited about government again. And if there was no testing of the lawmakers at that time should we really care if they were juiced when they passed laws during that time if it benefited the citizens? That’s a hard question and one without an easy answer. I don’t think I could withhold my vote to the elected official hall of fame based upon hearsay. I think the side effects from lawmaking while being juiced is penalty enough. Their bodies will break down and their heads will continue to grow until they look like deformed elephant men so maybe I should be content to let nature devise the most appropriate punishment and instead focus my efforts on the good they did for society.

So while we are still a year away from most elections, it is never too early to start thinking about what is important to us when choosing the leaders of our city, state, and nation.

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