In my college freshman English class the professor told me that the key to effective writing is that in addition to being grammatically correct it should be clear and concise. After reading this amendment I wonder if those who wrote it ever passed an English class in high school, let alone, college. We all know that this amendment had to do with gay people desiring to be able to legally get married so why didn’t they just write:
Legalese May Be Legal But It Sure Isn’t Easy
By Michael A. Matteo
One of Shakespeare’s most memorable lines comes from Henry VI when Dick The Butcher, says, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” This is Shakespeare’s idea of Utopia, a world without those who make up the majority of Congress and who have created their own language to give their occupation a sense of purpose and the right to charge $300 for a phone call. After reading the amendments that were placed on the most recent ballot I would have to agree with Dick the Butcher.
Let’s take a look at the language of some of the amendments that appeared on the ballot in Florida this year. The most controversial amendment was this one which read as follows: Continue reading “Legislators seek to intentionally confuse voters”
But there is one thing that is noticeably absent: candidates are not held accountable for promises. It is the equivalent of buying a car and being told by a salesman that the car gets 25 miles to the gallon but when you get it home you discover it only gets 12 miles to the gallon. However, unlike electing a politician, a consumer who is lied to or bait and switched has recourse. In the case of electing people for office the electorate is often sold a bill of goods without any recourse available.
Candidates can say and do whatever they want because voters don’t hold them accountable
Approximately 16 years ago I was running for the school board in Hillsborough County. One of the candidates made an impassioned speech about morality and stated that if she were elected she would see to it that the Bible was put back into the classroom. She received applause for that statement. I whispered to another candidate, “I think she’s running for the wrong office, if that’s what she wants to do then she really needs to seek an appointment to the Supreme Court because they are the only ones who can make a difference on that issue.” Continue reading “The Bait and Switch of Campaign Promises”