Radical leaders, prepare for a battle

Several characteristics define good elected leadership.

• They listen to their constituents and make decisions based on the greater good.

• If necessary, they put aside their personal preferences and allegiances for the greater good.

• They understand their limits and respect the responsibilities of others.

• They are open and honest when they explain why they decide or vote the way they do.

Based on these criteria, our region has marks of bad leaders, of people who overstep the clearly defined duties of their jobs, and of people who put minimal effort into repaying voters’ beliefs that they would work hard to do so. which is fair.

They are not alone among the ranks of poor Idaho rulers. But there is reason to believe that better leaders are on the way.

A group called the Take Back Idaho Committee is mobilizing to crush the extremism that plagues the cohesive, common sense governance our state is known for.

“The recent disruptive legislative sessions have highlighted the desperate need to replace dangerous extremists in the legislature,” said committee chair Jennifer Ellis recently. Ellis is a breeder and past president of the Idaho Cattle Association.

“Instead of coming up with positive ideas to improve the daily lives of Idahoans, these politicians are wasting precious time and taxpayer dollars. This vocal minority has replaced civility and common sense with conspiracy theories, fringe views, and cheap political theater. “

Seems familiar? It’s certain.

The goal of the citizens’ committee is to recruit and support better leaders statewide – an effort underway in Kootenai County and throughout the northern part of the state. Nor is it a distant horizon they are aiming for: the immediate target is the Republican primary elections on May 17, and potential recruits are being contacted.

While this first wave will not include non-partisan local races like NIC administrators or school and library councils, the new committee will provide information to the press to help voters choose the candidates most likely to vote. avoid extremism in favor of legislation that supports families, businesses and institutions and individuals such as public schools, hospitals, mental health providers and more.

Ellis called the goal “restoring a sense of community and a common purpose in Idaho.” These were once Gem State hallmarks. By replacing radical lawmakers with capable leaders, these scuffed and spat characteristics can shine again.

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