During elections, we know that our intersections will be filled with candidate signs. Sometimes I wish there weren’t so many, but, then I remind myself that democracy is a participatory sport and am glad that so many participate.
Candidates’ names are right on the sign and sometimes a website for more information, too. This is transparent democracy. It is also transparent democracy when the candidates show up at the various forums in the area and speak about the things that they stand for. The candidate’s name, face and opinions are here in the open for all of us to hear and see and decide among.
A sign has recently appeared in our neighborhoods that says “Larry likes taxes.com.” If you go to this site, it contains a screed against one of the candidates running for re-election. At the bottom of the site is small print about the candidate running against “Larry.”
I find this disturbing. How come the candidate supporting this site does not have his name affixed to the sign? I am in favor of candidates “claiming” their public statements and comments. If “Larry’s “ opponent has something to say about “Larry” then why does he not have the transparency to hold up a sign with his name on it ?
This smacks of the “other Washington’s” nefarious mentality, and I am loathe to see it take root in this Washington.
Please work to keep our elections and our democracy open and transparent.