Welcome to Local Initiatives.
First and foremost, this blog is not “bi-partisan.” It’s “un-partisan,” to coin a term. Local Initiatives is neither left nor right, Democrat nor Republican. We are independent and unaffiliated with any political party or other organization.
The objective of our website is to encourage better, more effective government, period. And we’re going to do this by focusing our attention on local economic and social issues and on non-performing incumbents, on elected representatives who are not contributing in any meaningful way to resolving the most pressing problems of our time. Life is short. If the people we elect can’t get the job done, we need to replace them with new people who can, as soon as possible. It’s just that simple. We believe, in other words, in the electoral philosophy best described by the expression, “Next contestant.”
We believe in the importance of accountability. Without it, everything from capitalism to personal relationships tends to be less efficient, less wonderful than it might be in a more honest world. In any case, in the real world where most of us live, accountability is going to happen sooner or later whether we like it or not. In politics? In the Washington and the state and local government centers around the country? Not so much. In fact, avoiding accountability is what many of our elected representatives do to keep their jobs. Maybe we can do something about that.
By the way, the “we” I was just talking about isn’t the royal kind. Our people can research and write this stuff, do our best to get people’s attention, but we need your help. Your comments and suggestions, tweeting and using other social media to spread the word, will be greatly appreciated. If you find what we say to be interesting and helpful, tell everybody you know. Take them out for coffee or a beer, whatever, and talk about our government. And then go on-line when you have time and let us know what you think by leaving comments to specific posts or by sending us email and op/ed pieces for us to publish.
So whose fault is it, this lack of integrity in elected government? Ours, of course. All of us. We elected these good men and women, and, for the most part, they are just that. We gave them a chance to honor the mandate we gave them. Unfortunately, many of them have failed to perform, failed to accomplish what we had every reason to expect they should have. Those are the incumbents some of this website is about.
All candidates need to earn the right to be re-elected, the same way we have to live up to the reasonable expectations of our employers, or find work elsewhere. Our elected officials are, after all, employees of the people, although many of them seem to forget that. …Nothing personal. It’s only business. When a well paid executive fails to perform, he or she needs to be replaced with someone who has a fresh mandate to get the job done right. That is, after all, what elections are for.
What will we do between elections? Not to worry. It’s unfortunate, but our elected officials are always running for re-election. Even if they’re not, running for office that is, we’ll pay attention and do our best to let you know how they’re spending their time on the job.
While we hope the blog itself will be helpful to voters, one of our objectives is to take an activist role in the special situations and elections we follow by funding everything from yard signs to billboards to radio and TV spots, whatever we can afford. Funding for these initiatives will be obtained from contributors to our “non-connected” (an FEC term) Political Action Committee and, eventually, from on-line contributions and the sale of really cool Local Initiatives merchandise we may offer some day, if we have to.
Thanks for stopping by.
Oh, if you were wondering about origins, you might want to read The New Politics of “I blame me”.