Primary candidates’ presentation.

Primary candidates’ presentation.

1. Before continuing in this article or any article in this blog, I recommend that you read the article entitled, Lakewoodites for McCartney: (which was originally written when I was running for a seat on the city’s council,) otherwise the paragraphs that are numbered 2 – 5 and 77 – 78 of that article. But persons ought to know that they (and you) are responsible, (although some act recklessly,) and ought to act responsibly.

2. Candidate for Council-at-Large Daniel E. Shields issued invitations so that all nine (9) candidates could discuss issues at the Lakewood Public Library on September 1, 2009 at 7 p. m. (19:00) before the primary election. Although I think that it was partly for him to publicly present his views, (not to imply that that is wrong,) it was also open to any candidate to present his or her views. Mister Shields made an effort to publicise that gathering.

3. No candidate had to respond. But three (3) others accepted Mr. Shields’ invitation, even Anthony Davis, Ryan Patrick Demro, and Edward McCartney (myself). Of course Dan Shields also attended.

4. I did not show the initiative to organise such a meeting. But witting that candidate Shields did, to give credit where it is due, my thanks to Mr. Shields for his consideration and work to reserve and publicise that meeting.

5. Before continuing I will say that I do not agree with every thing about all of the positions of the other eight (8) candidates, (whether former candidates or present,) which probably ought to go without saying. There might be one exception, but not likely. Being a voter too, I sought to know the other candidates’ position about a matter that I am concerned about. Because I know the position held by some of them about that issue, I sought to contact those whose position I did not know. One candidate did not get back with me and talk with me about my concern. By the date of the initial posting of this article, I therefore do not know that candidate’s position, although I think that I do.

6. When a candidate doesn’t respond to a question, I can hold that against that candidate; for if such a person is elected, it could indicate that that individual might act the same way in a public office. I therefore could hold that nonresponse against that candidate. But in fairness to the councillors, I say that serving on Lakewood’s council is a part time job. And the pay indicates that ($7000 annually). The councillors serve the city (in what is many times a thankless job) in addition to having regular jobs. They are therefore busy. They don’t always have the time to return calls. And when they get a complaint, or a suggestion, that does not always mean that they can or will enact that idea; for the majority of the council members has to agree to pass a measure. And if the councillor that was initially presented with the idea does not agree, that councillor might not pass that idea on to the others.

7. My thanks also to the administration of Lakewood’s public library, and our division of police (police department). I was concerned about the possibility of a problem, because I am outspoken, and I know that some persons might react unfavourably to my biblical position about a couple of hot topics. But I am happy to report that the crowd of about twenty was civilized, and polite.

8. Therefore my thanks to the citizens that attended for their decent behaviour. They raised their hands to ask questions. And they listened when we were talking. And my thanks also to them for taking time out of their lives to attend. By doing so they showed that they care. I desired there to be more voters there.

9. My comments are not necessarily my endorsement of any of the other eight (8) candidates (some of which are now former candidates).

10. Based on what I can remember, if I remember correctly, I addressed the audience by stating that I am an Independent, and am theocratic, and that my campaign can be summarised by one chapter of the Bible, which is Deuteronomy 28. During the meeting I explained why I take the Bible seriously in the real world, and think that it ought to be applied to our lives, and in the government. (Although the church is real to me, some persons that claim to be Christians apparently discount the scriptures some time after they walk out the doors of church buildings.) I stated at the beginning that I am not a normal candidate. I do not put the voters first. I informed the voters that I put God first. (See Exodus 20:1-3 and Romans 1:25.) I admitted that I don’t have some of the ideas that some of the other candidates have. (That’s an advantage of a council. A council is a group of persons with various ideas and experiences. A councillor that has knowledge that the others don’t is to counsel the other councillors so that the group can make an informed decision.) I stated that I am working on the foundation of our society. And I explained that my prospect is greater than Lakewood, for some of our local problems cannot be handled until our hands are freed at higher levels, such as the state or federal levels. (The council can make and pass resolutions to petition the higher governments to redress grievances.)

11. We four (4) candidates [Two (2) are now former.] began by briefly presenting what we are about. We then took questions from the audience that each of us answered.

12. At various points I felt the need to inform the voters of my purpose, because some of the voters seem to think that they may live their lives their way, almost ignore God, pay taxes, and expect politicians to do what the voters request. Although some of that is right up to a point, I sought to inform the people about my different candidacy, which is that the people (whether voters or not) have a responsibility too. The people are under God, and ought to act that way. The people (including myself) being creatures have the obligation to do our part by obeying God according to the scriptures. [Some seem to be unaware that God has a law, (which came before our laws, and is higher than our laws,) which is to prevail when there is a conflict with man’s laws.] If the people are living rightly before God, then they can rightly expect the politicians to do their will (to the extent that it does not conflict with God’s expressed will in the scriptures).

13. One man asked a question that caused me to bow my head, and ponder how I was going to answer; for I seek to not avoid issues. (But sometimes I cannot answer some questions; for there are some things that I don’t know much about.) I think that his question had to do with the spending of money. When it came to be my turn to respond, I asked him if he would like me to be candid. He jokingly said that he would like me to lie to him, which caused me to laugh. He then seriously informed me that he prefers candour. (I asked that question, because some persons react untowardly when certain truth is issued.) I then said that now that I have his permission to be candid, (which is not to imply that I would lie,) I informed him that I would be.

14. To illustrate, I began by telling about my childhood. My parents loved me: they were disciplinarians. [Parents that have too weak of a character to correct their children don’t love them. My parents weren’t weak. Not all children are as blessed as I was to receive as much love (and spankings) as I got.] I stated that when I disobeyed, I was punished, which was to move me to obey. I then stated that I think that that is what can happen to a society that disobeys God. I stated that we are experiencing white flight, (I brought up the racial issue; for politicians are to handle issues that affect society.) which has caused a decrease in the tax revenue. (I don’t always speak as well as I write. I might not have gotten across all that I meant to when I spoke.) I was not seeking to answer the question that was asked, as much as I sought to inform why I think that we have a financial problem. (Not to denigrate the questioner, when a boat has a leak, and one desires to know what to do with the boat’s items to protect them from the incoming water, my concern would be firstly to stop the leak if it can be.)

15. I have seen too many Americans conduct their personal and professional lives disregarding God. I think that that is wrong. There is a consequence for that. If Americans (not just Lakewoodites) seek to get more money so that they can continue to live their lives their way and to ignore God, then Americans have not learned their lesson, if God is teaching us one. (See Matthew 6:24.) So far a considerable part of Lakewood and America don’t seem to be learning to obey God after having been moved by some unpleasant events.

16. Although I am not now a candidate, for I did not make it through the primary election, I would explain a bit more of what I meant by my verbal response. Some of Lakewood is not obeying God as much as we ought to (such as by lying, lusting, fornication, sodomy, and other sins). It could be that some of what we are experiencing is God’s judgment on us. Although I am not sure that our racial affliction is God’s judgment for our sins, when I consider some scriptures I can see that it could be, such as Joshua 23, and Judges 2 and 3, and some others.

17. The candidates that remain ought to ponder that, and see if they can help our city. Continuing to avoid God and his law in public affairs is not correct. And if any person would bring up what they might call the separation of church and state, I think that I can handle that with God’s help.

18. Another man later asked a similar financial question. Not that I intended to embarrass him, I turned the table, and asked him a question, which was not to single him out. I asked him if he is willing to live for God. He answered affirmatively, which is commendable. I am attempting to educate voters to be aware that the people have the responsibility to live their lives according to the scriptures. In addition to some American Supreme Court decisions, (which have led to discounting God and his word too much in public life,) which I think are wrong, the people have been programmed by commercialism to have it their way, and fast, so much that some voters apparently apply that to other areas of their lives. I am attempting to counter a considerable amount of propaganda. And it is an uphill battle.

19. But I am not as unique as I thought. Mr. Davis also admonished the voters, although not necessarily those which considerately attended. He said that part of the problem in Lakewood is voter apathy (such as not many voters voting in a primary election). I commend a candidate that has the guts to tell voters what they need to hear; for by so doing that candidate risks losing votes. Mr. Davis also did not make it through the primary. (Could it be that many voters don’t desire politicians that will say what needs to be said about voters? Voters have become so accustomed to criticise politicians, which is well, that a politician turning the table on the voters might be a surprise. One may dish out correction if he can take it.)

20. We were given a chance to make closing statements before the meeting was concluded. At either that point, or some time during that meeting, I think that I quoted Psalm 9:17 from the King James Version, which says, The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. I think that I encouraged the people to consider God and his scriptures. And I briefly stated my position of the religious clauses of the first (1st) amendment to the American constitution, basically saying that I believe that the first sixteen (16) words of the first (1st) amendment mean, Congress shall not legislate to favour any denomination of Christianity more than any other Christian sect, nor shall the congress make any law to prohibit the unlimited practise of the way of God (Christianity).

21. I don’t think that I elaborated. By that I mean that the establishment clause [first ten (10) words] means that it prohibits congressional denominational or sectarian favouritism regarding legislation. Regarding the free exercise clause, [the eleventh (11th) through the sixteenth (16th) words] I think that that means that the unrestricted execution (practise) of religion or Christianity may not be legislatively prohibited by the congress. Therefore what I think those clauses mean, to give an example, is that if the congress would tax the Anabaptists, but allow the Presbyterians to not pay taxes, that should be unconstitutional. And the congress may not, via legislation, prohibit the posting of the ten commandments on public property, (such as public schools or court houses,) nor may the congress ban nondenominational school prayers, nor may the congress ban Bible reading without sectarian comments in public schools, nor may the congress make a chief judge of a state supreme court stop acknowledging God. And, according to the third (3rd) paragraph of article VI, because federal judicial officers are bound by oath or affirmation to support the American constitution, it also means that the federal judiciary may not make a chief judge of a state supreme court stop acknowledging God.

22. Although I complimented Mr. Demro, when I addressed the audience, about some of what he said, Mr. Demro publicly disagreed with me about something that I said. Demro’s attitude is one thing that Lakewood’s council needs. Mr. Davis has been saying something similar. Davis sought to end a go along to get along attitude (if that is what’s happening). It is well to agree when agreeing is right.

23. Although the United States’ Supreme Court has made some bad decisions, they apparently don’t have a problem of going along to get along. Some of their decisions are 5 to 4 or 6 to 3. I heard that two of those judges (Justices so called) disagree on the court; but are friends without the court. Therefore one need not to go along to get along. (Mr. Demro and I had a handshake when the meeting was over.)

24. To be fair, I think that Mr. Shields disagreed with one of the candidates too. The disagreements by Misters Demro and Shields were civil. (The whole meeting was civilised.) And again to be fair, some councillors have dissented during council meetings. But disagreeing there is the exception, not the rule.

25. Voters ought to examine who they vote for; for politicians make decisions that affect us for good or bad. And pertaining to that which ought to be done, politicians’ inaction can adversely affect us.

26. My thanks to you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read what was on my mind.

Edward M. McCartney

Lakewood, Ohio

Posted on October 10 anno Domini 2009.

This second (2nd) edition was revised on December 8 A. D. 2009.



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