After last night’s ‘Meet the Candidates’ event, I received this from Karen Hobbs, who is the Chief Deputy County Attorney:
Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap
“I never expected the lyrics of an AC/DC song from the 70s to become the background music for my mother’s teachings about making good choices. My mother taught us kids what she considered to be the conventional wisdom of the day, the same as her mother had taught her. She started with the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” My generation turned that adage into, “What goes around, comes around.” Grandma said, “Chickens come home to roost.” The law considers the “unclean hands” of the person seeking redress. The idea is expressed in different words, but we were all taught some variation of the ancient wisdom that says when you dig a hole as a trap for your neighbor, you are the one who is going to fall into the pit that you dug. The most colorful expression I’ve heard recently for the same concept is, “Don’t wrestle a pig; you’ll both get muddy, but the pig will enjoy it.”
So what do Grandma’s homilies have to do with the political season?
Voting is all about making good choices. You make your bed, then you have to lie in it; you vote for candidates, then you have live with their decisions for the next four years. Sometimes we live with the consequence of those decisions much longer. I urge voters to choose people of good character, leaders who share some concept of the conventional wisdom which says that the choices you make will come home to you.
Elected officials in county, state, and national government will be making choices about law, justice, spending, and allocation of resources. We need to choose leaders who will put the interests of the people ahead of their personal ambitions and private agendas; people who will consider the legacy we will leave to our children and grandchildren.
Dirty deeds done dirt cheap are no bargain. If we elect men and women of anything less than the highest caliber to represent us, the consequences of their ill-considered choices will come down, not only on their own heads, but on ours.”
Karen L. Hobbs