Politics is a game of both words and actions

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 24, 2008

By Harold Keller

Have you ever been disappointed in people whom you may have trusted? I would venture to say that all of us have. On the other hand, I know that I’ve disappointed everyone that has trusted me at one time or the other.

The bottom line is that when we put our trust in man rather than in God, we set ourselves up for a big letdown.  

I’ve been disappointed in family members, friends, Christians, pastors, professional people, and, especially, politicians. I remember when Buddy Roemer was a U.S. representative. He sponsored some of the strongest pro-life legislation in Congress. When he ran for governor, I was excited that we could possibly elect a strong voice to speak and act for the unborn.  

He was elected much to the pleasure of our enthusiastic, pro-life, conservative base. It wasn’t long before he showed his true colors and turned against his commitment to protect the unborn. He sided with the pro-choice people and remained silent, refusing to stand up for righteousness.  I knew, then, that he could not get re-elected.

It was five years ago that Bobby Jindal was defeated for governor by Kathleen Blanco. I was devastated!  How could the people of Louisiana reject a man of his intelligence and integrity?  

Last year, the people corrected this error, or so they thought, and elected Bobby Jindal as governor, much to my approval.

He started strong and the people of Louisiana were excited that we had a man with guts, not afraid of doing the right thing, regardless of the consequences. We thought he had strong convictions, but it didn’t take long for him to prove that people, especially politicians, will betray your trust.      

The legislative pay raise is the issue.  Some people are in an angry mood directed at the senators and representatives that voted themselves a pay raise. I certainly can understand that. My problem is with the governor. His action, or inaction, is what has diverted the pressure from the legislators to him. His statement that he is against the raise, but will not veto it, is a wimpy stand. His campaign promise to the people was that this type of legislation would not happen on his watch.

Governor, if you don’t keep your promise, this could be your last watch.

If you have any questions, or comments, please write to Get High on Life, P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA 70084, call (985) 652-8477, or e-mail: hkeller@comcast.net.