Let's see how far we've come

I don’t get to listen to music too much anymore (usually it’s Radio Disney or some DVD in the car that JC and Emma are watching) but I thought this Matchbox 20 song was pretty cool.

For those that follow me on Twitter and have learned more about me, you know I’m a “Child of the 80’s”. When I heard this song though, it made me think…how far have we come in South Carolina politics?

We’ve seen government spending grow a lot in the past few years, will this year be different?

We’ve seen officials tossed out of office for not listening to their constituents, will this year be different?

We’ve seen a growing distrust among people and their officials, will this year be different?

We’ve seen Republicans forgetting what being a Republican is about, will this year be different?

We’ve seen the House/Senate/Governor constantly point fingers, will this year be different?

We’ve seen those that speak up against the “status-quo” always face retribution, will this year be different?

We’ve seen freshman officials come to Columbia on promises they start forgetting, will this year be different?

We’ve seen SC unemployment reach a 25 year high, will this year be different?

We’ve seen School-Choice debates (public AND private) defeated, will this year be different?

We’ve seen Cigarette Tax plans continually defeated, will this year be different?

We’ve seen companies choose other states over SC, will this year be different?

I could go on but basically, WILL THIS YEAR BE DIFFERENT? The video (to me) shows how much has been accomplished in the past. It shows the fight for democracy and how “people not politics” should ultimately prevail…and usually does, in the end..but not without a group pushing for change.

While my role is to help this year be different in SC, it’s gonna take YOU to make that happen. If you have issues on your mind and (better yet) ideas, suggestions, and solutions – please let your elected officials know.

Email us. Write us. Call us. Write letters to the editors. Ask us to come listen to your group. Find out why and how we vote on the bills we do.

After all, it is your government. It is your statehouse. It is YOUR seat that we currently sit in. Too many elected officials forget it’s not OUR seat….it’s yours.

Take back your seat. Hold your officials accountable and this year can be different. Let’s see how far we’ve come.