COMMUNITY VOICES: Cronyism: Politicians Are Helping Their Friends | Delano’s record


There are elected officials who have a heart for their constituents and their community. Then there are those who sit in official capacities, abusing their authority, speaking to their constituents and exchanging favors under the table. They have their own agenda, defend their own ideology and only work with their friends or special interest groups.

Cronyism, in layman’s terms, is when a favor is given to a friend. Nepotism is when a favor is given to a family member. Favoritism, cronyism, and nepotism all interfere with fairness because they give an unfair advantage to someone who does not necessarily deserve that treatment. This is particularly worrying when an elected official grants or awards financial contracts to family or friends. This practice is unethical and explains to their constituents why these politicians cannot be trusted.

When a politician votes to give a friend a contract or financial reward, is the reward ethically deserved? Or did the person receiving the award or contract campaign for the chosen one? Does the politician feel obligated to grant the request to a friend in return for his hard work campaigning for the politician? If so, the politician is making an unethical decision by granting his friend a special favor using his elected office.

Maybe the politician thinks his constituents are complete idiots and won’t understand their cronyism. A politician may flaunt his credentials or his education, but his constituents have common sense and will understand their unethical decisions of favoritism towards friends of politicians.

Elected officials should be held accountable for what they say and do if it seems unethical. For the most part, we expect elected officials to represent all of their constituents, not just their own interests. We need elected officials to stop doing financial favors to their friends and special interest groups. Elected officials must stop considering money that does not belong to them as theirs. Perhaps this is the reason why every board and government meeting should be opened with a public prayer, an invocation.

We must remember that God sees and exposes all corrupt behavior in time. No one escapes life without being responsible for their actions. If you think that you (the chosen one) do not need God’s direction in your decisions, do not expect him to prove you right when you are caught making a decision contrary to the law. ethical (or illegal).

If you, the chosen one, want people to take you seriously, don’t make decisions in front of your constituents like they’re a bunch of morons and morons. I hope this article gnaws the conscience of every unethical decision made by an elected official, especially when it comes to allocating money to their friends.

People are tired of being misrepresented by those who practice cronyism. It can deceive some of the people from time to time, but they cannot deceive everyone all the time, and they will never deceive God at any time.

Every action accomplished in the dark will be proclaimed from the rooftops, to the shame and embarrassment of the crooked one. We should demand of all elected officials to act with integrity of heart. Nothing less is corruption.

May God bless all the elect who serve their constituents with a heart of humility.

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David Vivas Jr. is the pastor of the World Harvest International Church in Delano.

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