Mississippi is in the middle of a conversion from a two-party system to a one-party system. Currently, all but one statewide office is occupied by a Republican. The citizens of Mississippi went to the polls, and this was their decision. Democracy in action.
Apparently, “all but one” is not enough. Now, the Republican House is trying to thwart the will of the people by insisting Jim Hood’s office play by THEIR rules. Mark Baker, the representative from Brandon, says “the bill keeps Hood from imposing his views on other agencies.” Jeff Smith, House member from Columbus, says, “The attorney general got re-elected but so did a lot of us…”
Excuse me, Mr. Baker and Mr. Smith. I didn’t get a voice in your election, but I DID get a voice in Mr. Hood’s election. Opinions and “views” from a statewide election should count more than those from a local election.
I don’t agree with Jim Hood on everything, but I don’t agree with Gov. Bryant on everything or Lt. Gov. Reeves on everything or even State Insurance Commissioner Chaney. But I respect the process. The people of Mississippi have spoken. It doesn’t matter whether you like the result.
Designing laws to get around our state constitution just because you don’t like the party affiliation of the person in office is just plain wrong. I guarantee you these new laws wouldn’t even be under consideration if Hood had an “R” behind his name.
Further, messing with an office that is supposed to be about justice for the people of Mississippi causes me great concern. We all know Lady Justice lifts the blindfold on a case by case basis, but let’s don’t rip it off all together.
Don’t like the result of the election? There’s another one in four years. For now, though, it’s time to honor the people’s choice, respect the office, and get on with the business of government.
>> Nancy Lottridge Anderson, Ph.D., CFA, is president of New Perspectives Inc. in Ridgeland — (601) 991-3158. She is also an assistant professor of finance at Mississippi College. Her e-mail address is email@example.com, and her website is www.newper.com.