Friday, April 03, 2009

A politician we can believe in

Though I'm mildly interested in following politics, I don't gravitate to any of the political parties. It's entirely unclear to me which of the political parties more closely matches Christian values (and there are some days when I think both are quite far away).
I was reading about the possible floods in Fargo, ND, and I came across a profile of the mayor there, Dennis Walaker. Here's a story from that profile:

When an 8-year-old girl died after the car she was riding in spun out of control and was struck by another car, Walaker blamed the crash on a rut that the city failed to fix. He thought it was important to let the driver—the victim's 15-year-old sister—know it wasn't her fault, and he wasn't worried that it could open up the city to a lawsuit.

So, basically, he was willing to assume legal liability because he wanted to speak the truth to protect a grieving young person. Wow! (Clearly he's not a lawyer). How would ever convert this type of values into a political platform?

Not surprising, Walaker came to elected office late in life (he was the director of public works). The cynic in me wonders if that kind of "not-me-first" attitude gets wiped out of people who enter politics earlier in their lives... there's just too much incentive to be political.

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