HELP WANTED: CIVIL ELECTION ENFORCERS Part time. No pay, intangible rewards. Some heavy lifting. Must possess backbone, gonads or other body parts that covert well-meaning intention to action. Some experience preferred. Sarasota County is looking for dedicated citizens willing to stop the degrading and deceitful campaigning that is eroding civil government, compromising public faith in elections and elected leaders, and discouraging well-meaning citizens from considering politics.
I haven't had it bad, so far. But the ungrounded, unfounded attack ads of others that I see on TV and some mailers are so pernicious that it is past time for citizens who care about local government to stop relying on civility workshops, pledges, forums, and speeches and step up. Sarasota deserves better. Fact is, our local lectures and high-minded campaigns about civility and civil discourse are meaningless if no one objects when bad behavior appears. And the silence has been deafening. We can do better.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."