The topic inspired in me recommendations for accountability in government. My public service is currently limited to serving on a small community board for homeowners. But if I ever sought higher office, the following would be part of my platform/promise to my fellow citizens if they were to entrust me to represent them:
- I promise to be the worst politician and best public servant that will ever represent you.
- Every conversation that I have in my capacity as your representative will be recorded and made easily available for public review; along with my official schedule. If an individual or group wants to meet with me in my capacity as a representative and does not agree to have the conversation recorded, I will not speak to them but will consider their issues in writing; which will also be publicly available.
The only exception will be conversations pertaining to community or national security; as required by law.
- I will not vote on a piece of legislation unless I have completely read it.
- I will treat the spending of your money with the same care you took in making it before it was taxed.