Thursday , 26 April 2018

David Dorman: We the People/Corporations/Politicians

By David Dorman, TSB Columnist

Is it as obvious to you as it is to me how career politicians use the verbal battering tactic, or the nice guy tactic, on any given day?

Let’s take President Obama’s campaign kickoff statement that corporations are not people. Does he not realize that that the Fortune 500 employs 17 million Americans? And if you continue to batter them, then of course they will take more jobs offshore. Yet, he says he is for Middle America. For his information, those 17 million employees are Middle America. Hopefully you understand the meaning of this, for the simple words are all corporations are started by people. People with great ideas. Some make it, and some do not. In the end, it’s all about the people.

We have a Republican primary election coming up May 29 and the race that stands out to me is the U.S. Senate. You have Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, whose ads depict how his father served in WWII, for which I appreciate his service. Another ad talks about how he is going to beat up on Obama. Now keep in mind that Dewhurst is pretty much a career politician and if you go to the Texas Ethics Commission website it will make you gasp at how much of his money comes from political action committees and lobbyists.

Then you have Ted Cruz, who is really a gun for hire attorney and has represented clients in foreign countries against American companies. One specific Chinese company stole secrets from an American company and is continuing to utilize those stolen secrets. In litigation, the American company sued the Chinese company, won a judgment against the Chinese company, and the attorney for the Chinese company is none other than Ted Cruz. The potential is for the American company to go out of business if they do not receive that judgment. So, I guess Ted is not necessarily an American job creator.

Next you have Craig James. I think he was a football player, and now he’s a sports announcer. What’s that all about? He now has the aspirations to be a United States Senator? Where are his qualifications?

Then you have Tom Leppert, the former Mayor of Dallas, and prior to that the CEO of one of those Fortune 500 companies creating jobs. Having been a Mayor myself for 10 years, I can tell you that no matter the size of the city, the principles of providing services remain the same. When Mayor Leppert assumed the leadership of Dallas the city blossomed because he understood the mission and made things happen, just as a CEO would do when running a Fortune 500 company. More importantly, he is someone who has led, had to make a payroll, and had to make the tough decisions on employment, when to hire when to scale back. In my mind his business background makes him uniquely qualified to represent the great state of Texas in the U.S. Senate.

I have vetted all of the candidates. There are five other candidates running. But it would be a stretch for any of those to make the final run off which I believe will be the case.

I have chosen to support Tom Leppert, for he understands what needs to be done in Washington. More importantly, he has the passion, the drive, the commitment, the business savvy and importantly, not the political baggage to get the job done.  If we can send him to Washington, we really have a shot at getting this country moving in the right direction.

We all should remember part of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:

‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles….’

I urge my fellow citizens to vet all of the candidates. I trust you will come to the same conclusion that I did in this race.

We need to send the right people to Washington.  Let’s send Tom to Washington!

Quote of the day:

Democracy is not a static thing. It’s an everlasting March

— President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

David Dorman is a TSB editorial columnist. He served as Mayor of Melissa until 2009, beginning public service there in 1999 after being elected to the city council. Dorman worked many years in the business world prior to public service. He contributes to numerous charitable entities and continues to invest in children by offering his time and finances to further the goals of Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. He currently serves on the board of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Collin County.

Mr. Dorman’s commentary reflects his personal views and opinions. has not endorsed any specific candidates in the pending primaries.

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