…Democrat Michael Arcuri and Republican Ray Meier, running for New York’s 24th Congressional District, upped the ante even more. An anti-Arcuri campaign ad featured the silhouette of a stripper next to video of Arcuri. The narrator ominously said, “The phone number to an adult fantasy hotline appeared on Michael Arcuri’s New York City hotel room bill…while he was there on official business…Who calls a fantasy hotline and then bills taxpayers? Michael Arcuri.” “Bad call!” the stripper adds in a sultry voice.
There’s only one problem: Arcuri had already proven that the phone-sex allegation wasn’t true. His coworker had used his hotel room phone and inadvertently dialed a 1-800 prefix instead of a 212 prefix when trying to reach the state’s Department of Criminal Justice Services. It was just a coincidence that the rest of the digits were exactly the same. According to phone records that Arcuri produced, the first call lasted just moments and was immediately followed by the second call. Does the truth even matter anymore?
We have to realize that politicians are only a reflection of us…If we really want to fix politics, we need to fix ourselves first.
I think the first step to turning the whole thing around is to end the atmosphere of partisan shout fests and get back to having real conversations. We have to reject the candidates who use gutter politics to get elected, and we have to favor the ones who put principles over party and political games.
We the People still have the ultimate voice in this country, and we can change our course by empowering those who not only stand for the truth but will fight for it. When we start to reconnect with our values, politicians will be forced to reconnect with us.
More than two centuries ago, the founding fathers designed our system of government. But they didn’t give the most important responsibilities to the executive, legislative, or judicial branches. They gave them to us. We the People. We have the power to change everything; we just have to decide to use it.