Expect Elected Leaders to Lead, Not Punt

Rev. Christina Martin of Mandan's First Lutheran Church (right) sits among Burleigh County residents in favor of allowing new refugee resettlements at a county commission meeting in Bismarck on Dec. 9, 2019. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

These folks talk cynical about trusting elected officials, and beat their chests about the wisdom of the masses, as if a ready rebuttal to that misguided conclusion weren’t at hand in the almost ubiquitous dim-witted ranting of the masses on platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

The people, I hate to tell you, are fickle and ill-informed and prone to letting emotion and recency bias dictate their votes.

Besides, if we’re just going to put every issue on the ballot, why even bother with electing people like county commissioners?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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