Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Greene County Circuit Clerk coverage by LifeOfJason.com

First off, let me state that Jason is doing an amazing job with his coverage of local politics. I am better off reading his coverage than I am any other source I have found. The way he handles things is extremely fair and the format has advantages over all others because he conveys all the information he has been given without typical short attention span problems on TV, or limited column space in newspapers. It is people like Jason that are proving that news can be better found on-line than in the "Mainstream Media".

In particular, I am responding to Jason's posts about Steve Helms and Jim Lee, who are running for the Greene County Circuit Clerk position. Jason's questions were fair and informative. They also did fairly well to deal with recent issues and offer both candidates the opportunity to weigh in as much or as little as they desired.

I was going to respond in the comments section of Steve Helms post, but I became so long winded that I wanted to bring it to my blog and simply link to it from their comments section.

I am disgusted with both the Democrats and Republicans, but that is generally from the state-wide level up. Both parties are experts at gaming the system and using technicalities to their advantage. They have built up a system of rules and regulations that virtually eliminate anyone that isn't an expert at politics from winning. Notice I'm talking about the party establishment in general.

Bright Yellow Gun (Joseph Hughes) wrote:


Life of Jason, 8 October 2008:

“I spoke with Steve Helms this morning and he did not ask Mr. Trower to investigate this. However, Mr. Helms said that he was aware of the suspicion and that it’s possible he mentioned it in passing to Mr. Trower. Mr. Helms said that he had mentioned this to several people in the Republican party so this could have been the “tip” referred to by Mr. Trower.”

Italics mine. It’s obvious that Mr. Helms discussed his little “suspicion” with certain of his fellow Republicans in the hope that one of them might do his dirty work for him and get his opponent (per Mr. Tim Trower’s own words) “thrown off the ballot.” What other reason would Mr. Helms possibly have?

Greene County doesn’t need someone of Mr. Steve Helms’s “character” in the office of County Clerk, especially when we have a much better choice.


I have known Steve Helms from working with him as a board member of the Metro Republicans for the last year or so. He is not interested in unjustly eliminating his opponents, or using tricks to win. He was concerned that his opponent was raising money and not reporting that money. He expressed that concern to others around him as he stated, and one person ran with it. I believe Steve that he did not directly ask anyone to file a complaint. In politics, fund raising is a significant measure of support, though not the only one, but one that is required to be publicly available.

Generally speaking, there is a great deal of mistrust between the two parties. Often that is well placed mistrust because there have been people that have come before that have done disgusting things in the name of victory. I personally do not think that Steve Helms is such a man. He wants a clean campaign, and is an upstanding citizen.

Len Eagleburger said:
Mr. Helms, by his stated attitude, still disagrees with the highest Court in our Country and separation of “church and State”. I guess he has never heard of the concept of “tyranny of the majority over the minority”, or “for the greater good”. Is this the person we need to take care of our County’s business. He seems to believe that because he is a religious person, he is above the law.


Len Eagleburger is (or was) a central Committee Person for the Democrat party, though that is not mentioned in the post. What we see here are standard partisan attacks. Further, it appears from the link I provided that Mr. Eagleburger has been interested in this position for several years, but was not interested / available to run himself. In the last election cycle, he blamed the Republicans for eliminating the corrupt process of straight ticket voting, a process akin to reforms that I propose changing further.

As Steve said in his answers, he is not bringing party or politics into the operations of the office he is responsible for. The poster, which was a patriotic poster which heralded the values of the people that fought for our independence and freedom through our history, was not one which espoused a particular religion, or required anyone viewing it to do anything. In short, it was not tyranny, neither by the majority, nor by a minority. Steve may have bought into the "other party is bad" problem at times, but I do not see any evidence that it is affecting the operation of the Circuit Clerk's office.

I will be voting for Steve Helms because I think he is a man with integrity, as well as a person with the correct abilities needed to improve the operations at the Circuit Clerk's office. I will not be voting for Steve Helms the Republican, but simply Steve Helms the man. I am extremely frustrated with the Republican party, and am looking elsewhere for better representation, especially at the Federal level. At the local level, there are still honest people involved, even in the Democrat party. I do not believe that Jim Lee is anything but an honest man, but I know Steve Helms better.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Jason said...

Thanks for the kind words. :)

8:05 PM  
Blogger Дж. Хьюз said...

Jeremy,

Full disclosure: I voted for Mr. Helms's opponent in the 2006 MO-136 election, because I am a Democrat. We obviously disagree on the 2008 County Clerk race, but I respect and appreciate very much your candor and courteous tone

But even if, as you believe, Mr. Helms was just "concerned that his opponent was raising money and not raising that money," I still don't see what kept Mr. Helms from acting upon this concern himself.

Joe

10:02 PM  
Blogger tom said...

Somehow partisan politics stems down even to the local level including but not limited to non partisan city council races as we will see come the first of the year.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Len Eagleburger said:

Mr. Helms, by his stated attitude, still disagrees with the highest Court in our Country and separation of “church and State”. I guess he has never heard of the concept of “tyranny of the majority over the minority”, or “for the greater good”. Is this the person we need to take care of our County’s business. He seems to believe that because he is a religious person, he is above the law.


Len Eagleburger is (or was) a central Committee Person for the Democrat party, though that is not mentioned in the post. What we see here are standard partisan attacks. Further, it appears from the link I provided that Mr. Eagleburger has been interested in this position for several years, but was not interested / available to run himself. In the last election cycle, he blamed the Republicans for eliminating the corrupt process of straight ticket voting, a process akin to reforms that I propose changing further.

I am a committeeman on the Greene County Democratic Central Committee and supported Jim Lee. I have never been interested running for that office. Interview after interview, Helms still repudiated the Supreme Court of the US. It is in print, look it up! What is corrupt about straight party voting?

Len Eagleburger

12:44 AM  

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