|Tandra Page 1200, Field Rep|
|Iím sitting on my back porch looking out over the yard as the rising sun brightens the Eastern sky.
Yesterday I was in Corinth taking care of some banking business and eating catfish at a downtown mom and pop restaurant. I stopped by the courthouse to visit with a local political Field Representative to pass some time and ask a few questions.
I met this guy last month while I was waiting for a movie and had time to kill. I wrote about the conversation we had then and posted it on the May 12 commentary which I titled ďIntern TalkĒ. The Field Rep told me at the time he was in town every month and I decided to make a point to talk with him on those occasions to get a better handle on our political class. If you want information, your best bet is to go straight to the source.
As a matter of policy, I try to maintain a healthy adversary relationship with politicians. There is nothing I want from them other than to have them out of my business and out of my pocket. Tennessee Senator Bob Corker recently sent out an E-mail bragging of a meeting he attended for start-up business wherein business owners were seeking government help. Asking government help is a foolís errand and a one way path to suicide. Government help begins with demands and ends with ownership. The only help Government can give me is to get the hell out of my way.
That said, the political Field Rep I met yesterday, and plan to continue meeting with so long as he is available is, very personable and easy to like. Thatís his job description. As mentioned May 12, this Field Repís boss, a Senator, makes an effort to stay connected to his home district. The Field Rep is part of that effort. But the Field Repís boss is a first term Senator running for re-election. A Senator does not become corrupt like you would flip a light switch to the off position. Corruption is a process, sometimes slow and in other cases less so.
The first contact with the Field Rep was a sort of get to know you and see where you are coming from investigation.
Yesterday I had a few questions.
Apparently the Field Repís job description does not include staying up to speed on the policy decisions his boss makes. I inquired about the good Senatorís position with regards to CAIR and the Field Rep said, ďIíll have to ask the Senator and get back to you.Ē
In todayís world, anyone who has no opinion about the Council For American Islamic Relations is living in a foolís paradise or is delusional. We shall see which.
I also inquired about the Administration policy for Gays in the Military.
There was some uncomfortable pauses and grasping for the politically correct answer but, this guy comes from a military career family and it became obvious, even with carefully worded non answers, this Field Rep does not approve of Administration policy with regard to out of the closet gays in uniform. Once he saw I was not going to defend the Administration, he became more open in his insistence the Administration policy, in his opinion, is a disaster.
At last, a politician willing to state his conviction on a controversial issue.
Iím beginning to like this guy, and thatís dangerous when dealing with a politician,
Even a Field Rep.
Never forget Lexington and Concord!
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