When it comes to defining responsibility, Admiral Hyman Rickover perhaps said it best.
“Responsibility is a unique concept. It can only reside and inhere in a single individual. You may share it with others but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it but it is still with you. You may disclaim it but you can never divest yourself of it. Unless you can point yourself at the man who is responsible when something goes wrong then you have never had anyone responsible.”
Words like Rickover’s have been ingrained in me throughout my life, first by my parents, and later by mentors in my military career. If Admiral Rickover’s words resonate with you, then join our campaign for Cobb County Chairman. Donate and volunteer today!!
What a terrific week celebrating our nation’s birthday. The rain did not dampen spirits as we were out and about with many of our campaign team and supporters meeting people and having a good time. As much as a grassroots campaign owns you and your time, the benefit of sharing experiences with the voters more than compensates for any sacrifice.
One of the challenges of campaigning during the summer is grabbing the attention of the public about a future ballot, especially one that is 10 months off. People are vacationing with their families or there are so many other distractions that prevent people from realizing that the outcome in the May 2016 primary is directly influenced by the support we receive early in the campaign. A baseball season may last from April to September but you can lose the season by playing poorly in April. Even if your budget doesn’t allow a donation at this time, we still need your time and talents as a volunteer. So click on the volunteer button and join our team.
Many of my friends have asked me why I am a candidate for Cobb County Chairman. I have been blest with a wonderful family, financial security, and a lifestyle which could easily offset any benefits derived from the seemingly thankless job of being an elected official. It’s been asked why anyone would want a job where on its best day, half the people are not happy with something you have done.
However, as we prepare to celebrate the 239th birthday of our great nation this weekend, I am reminded that there is a higher calling that must be answered when you see a wrong that must be corrected. Or at least you have to make the effort to do so. You can sit on the sidelines and complain or get into the fight. You can die with the regret that you wish you had done something, or you can come to know what it means to stand for something. I choose the path of involvement and making a difference.
I am in this race because I believe our County needs new direction and new leadership. I am convinced that we are stronger as a people when our voices are heard. The Founding Fathers knew that the only way to preserve democracy was to spread the power out among the people. The price we pay is a system of government which is frequently exasperating, always emotional, and occasionally chaotic. Sometimes the only consolation, if you come out on the losing side of a vote, is that at least you had your say. But I prefer this to a government which finds the voters inconvenient and works to limit their freedom of expression. I find that is the case in Cob County today and I am running to change that.
In that spirit I ask you to join me by becoming involved and make a difference for tomorrow by acting today. Volunteer and donate at www.likemike4cobb.com.
On this Independence Day, may the Lord continue to shine His manifold blessings on our nation. I ask a special prayer for the members of our armed forces who are on duty this coming weekend defending the many freedoms that we enjoy daily.