2013-07-12 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

New York Politics
By Ilyassha Shivers

As I began to decide where I wanted to take you this week, there were a few things that I found of interest. I was watching the news Monday morning and could not believe my ears. Elliot Spitzer announced he was running for Comptroller. This is the same former Governor who stepped down amid a prostitution scandal, and is now asking the voters of New York to forgive him and give him a second chance. I believe everyone deserves a second chance, because no one is perfect. As I am sure you are aware, we are getting ready to vote for a new mayor. One of the candidates is openly gay; the other is a recovering from a sexting scandal. We have had our State Senators and City Council members fall victim to various scandals. What does this say about the state of politics in our country?

We have a Governor and a Mayor who have girlfriends. I don’t want to sound high and mighty or judgmental, but these aren’t our grandparents’ politicians. They say that politics make strange bed fellows and with this group, there isn’t much to be left to the imagination.

I often ask myself what type of person wakes up one day and says to themselves, “I want to be a politician.” I know that it’s a position that takes a lot of time and energy and you must understand that your life is now an open book. Once you step into public life your personal life is no longer your own. I’ve got to say it’s time that we become more active and interested in what’s happening in our community. We need to go to more meetings and challenge the policies that are shaping how we live.

I think back to my American history classes and recall no taxation without representation. Well, who is representing your interest? Do you know who your local, state and federal representatives are? If you cannot answer these questions, then I think you have some work to do. How can you complain or want change if you are not a part of the process. You have to be in the game if you want to play the game. So with that being said, I need to hear back from you. Do you agree or disagree? Are you satisfied with the people who are making the decisions that control the community?

You can always reach me by email. In the meantime, get active and make a difference in your community! And don’t forget to read The Wave!

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