I think we can all agree that we spend most of our time, living our lives, not really paying attention to our governments (federal, state, local). Hell, we live in Illinois, arguably the most corrupt state in the United States. With the back room deals and behind closed door posturing that exists in our state, it’s no wonder our Village operates in the same way, we’ve all been conditioned to believe that’s business as usual. But, this post is not about the Village or it’s hidden agenda (not entirely anyway), it’s about us, we the people. As I sit here looking at all that I’ve written (which has truly been equal parts awareness for my fellow neighbors and residents, and also a bit of an outlet for my anger at my Village Trustees for spending my money in the way that it does) I’ve had a realization, an ah-ha! moment. All this time I’ve lived in this town, I’ve never once spoken at a board meeting, I’ve never volunteered to be on a committee, in short – I haven’t gotten involved. And frankly, the mess this village is in is as much my fault as it is the elected officials, as I too have buried my head in the sand, preferring to hope that their decision won’t effect me or my family. And I suspect that many who read this are in the same position in this town or their own village.
I am reminded of a video I was once watched on the subject. It’s a video of George Carlin and one of his many skits/rants. Now, granted, it’s supposed to be Comedy, but George Carlin was excellent at injecting a bit of truth. So – here’s the beginning of the skit:
“You may have noticed that there’s one thing I don’t complain about: Politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says, “They suck”. But where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. No, they come from American homes, American families, American schools, American churches, American businesses, and they’re elected by American voters. This is the best we can do, folks. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out.”
for those that want to watch the video and see the whole thing: http://www.icomedytv.com/Comedy-Videos/ID/797/George-Carlin–On-Voting-with-transcript-0419.aspx but I warn you ahead of time .. George Carlin wasn’t known for his wholesome content or language.
As is too often the case, I’m getting involved and starting to inform myself (and hopefully my followers) only after the Village Board decided to change it’s policies mid-year and I realized the danger that my family and I were in from that decision. My decision to vote for these elected people, including one who campaigned on bringing more transparency to the Village Board was a mistake. The truth is, I should have been involved and informed all along. I’ve voted in every election, but haven’t really gotten engaged in the political process (volunteering, speaking out, etc). I urge my neighbors, fellow Carpentersville residents and members of the surrounding communities to get involved with me. This site and forum is dedicated to you and my family – let’s get involved and start sharing ideas. The time for healthy debate is here, as we can’t sit back any longer and not get engaged into the process. If we sit by and do nothing – then we are just as responsible for the decisions that our elected officials make. Call them, Email them, come to Village Board meetings and voice your opinions. We may not always agree, but many voices make for more sound decisions by our elected leaders. Join me at the Village of Carpentersville regular board meeting, Tuesday November 19th at the Board Room, 1200 L.W. Besinger Drive at 6:30pm. Let’s PACK THAT BOARD ROOM. Let’s send a message that our trustees will not forget. They represent US and it’s time they remember that.
Speaking of which, I’d like to let everyone know, that the next election for our village trustees will be occurring in the 2015 consolidated elections. Unfortunately, I didn’t pull my head out of the sand before the latest travesty that is our Elected Village Board. I urge everyone to continue to speak up. If they don’t take our phone calls, or you get a form letter back from then – go to the meetings. If they ignore us, then it’s time for a complete change in leadership. (See my Time for a Change in Management post) They will listen when they are all up for re-election, or they won’t be our trusted officials any longer.
I will keep this post updated with election information as it comes. While Village politics is supposed to be without politics, other elections aren’t. I’ll say now that I’m in independent voter, choosing to find out as much as I can about all the candidates and chose the one whom I agree with the most – regardless of their party affiliation. So, some of the posts I make might include both republican and democratic candidates. Please feel free to offer your own opinions and say whom you support in the upcoming 2014 General Elections.
Thanks for reading and participating!