The power we hold as a people, in our government, depends upon our base of knowledge. To acquire this knowledge we must communicate with one another in order to glean the truth from what is said by juxtaposing it with corresponding actions.
Elected officials, especially during an election year, say what is necessary to win public favor. They read and discern hot topics and buzz terms in order to increase their favor in the polls.
President Obama said what he needed to say in order to receive favor amongst a large constituency group, teachers.
Interim Superintendent Vargas said what he needed to say in order to receive favor within the Rochester community.
We know what was said now it is up to the people to either call them on their word or hold them to their word. The only road we must not take is to become complacent because they said what we wanted to hear.
If we do not come together and discuss the nuances of what our elected and appointed officials say and promise, the onus is on the American people and the community. They only need to say what sounds good it is our job to make sure their actions coincide with their word.
Democrat & Chronicle writer Tiffany Lankes reported that Interim Superintendent Vargas received a standing ovation for his words. She also stated that members of the audience, “were local political leaders, education activists and school officials.”
Without actually listening to or reading Dr. Vargas’ comments, the Rochester community can assume that he said and is therefore going to do all the right things.
Taking responsibility for our community, our nation, means becoming actively involved in the planning of those environments. We are a nation at risk because we have left the planning to those who have their own interests at heart, believing their encouraging words and doing nothing.
It is not up to them to change, it is up to us, the public, to hold them to their word or remove them from office.
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