By Vicki A. Brady
If while driving through Natchez, Missouri, you get the bright idea to serve beer or other intoxicants to elephants, don’t do it! It is against the law! In Missouri, it is also illegal to drive down the highway with an uncaged bear in your car. At some point in Missouri’s history, elected officials felt that these laws were necessary, and perhaps they were. But consider this, the folks that passed these laws, were voted in by us, we the people. They work for us!
The First Step
On Tuesday, August 7th, the 2018 citizens will have the opportunity to vote in the primary election of 2018. This is probably the most important step in our electoral process. The purpose of the primary election is to narrow the field. In some races, anywhere from two to ten candidates can be vying for the same seat in one party. At the same time, no one from the opposite party could be running for that position. So, whoever wins the primary is guaranteed to be elected.
With the primary election less than a week away, voters have a responsibility to research each candidate and find out how they plan to carry out their duties and responsibilities. Then, hold them accountable. Track their voting records throughout their term, visit them, write letters, and most importantly, treat them with respect. Rather than voting for a candidate based on their party affiliation, consider voting for them based on their character and past job performance.
“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.” Otto von Bismarck