Ever think about what the term “politically correct” means?
Ever think about what the term "politically correct" means?
In most cases, there is absolutely nothing correct about it. As legislators, we are obligated to represent the wishes of the majority of the 36,000 constituents we each have. Far too often, a special interest group will lobby for us to vote one way or another on an issue.
The General Assembly will soon be meeting to decide whether or not to attempt an override of some or all of the governor's vetoes. Because there is a statistical possibility that the override may succeed, there is pressure being applied on most members to vote one way or another. Because the governor represents one political party, all the members of his party are expected to vote in favor of his wishes.
Because it might endanger some members' re-election, they most probably will not vote for overrides. The governor himself is the biggest lobbyist in the state at the present time. The statements concerning some of the issues are full of words like "might, could, may, etc.," that are intended to place thoughts in our minds that quite possibly are untrue.
One of the first lessons a politician learns is that once the public reads it or hears it, they have a tendency to believe it. Take a few minutes to fact check some of the information being spread around and you will find that for the most part, it's not fact, just speculation. Now it might be the "politically correct" thing for a legislator to conform to the wishes of a small vocal group, but if it is not in the best interest of his or her constituents, it is not the right thing to do.
The coming weeks will be a hectic flurry of activity on the part of the governor and others trying to raise the pressure levels on legislators. In some cases they will succeed and on some subjects they probably should, my hope is that the will of the majority of our constituents is followed.
Last week, we made the move to Pineville complete. We are supposed to close on our old home on Monday, and we got moved to the river house just in time for the flood. Thursday and Friday were uneventful but Saturday the river got out of its banks and showed her stuff. Some campers were stranded for a while but by Sunday morning, it was started back down.
It's hard to believe that this time last year the campgrounds were closed due to lack of water. Politics and the weather are a lot alike, you can't predict either one of them!
More next week, until then I am and remain in your service.
Bill Lant represents the people of Southwest Missouri in the Mo. House of Representatives. Contact him locally at 437-8223 or at his Jefferson City office at (573) 751-9801 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.