- Faith & Family
Jesus said, “No Servant can serve two masters . . . You cannot serve both God and money.” (Luke 16:13). Congresswoman Meek described herself not as a politician, but rather as a “public servant.” She was elected by the people and it was her job to serve the people of her district. In contrast, a politician receives money from various people and loses their way because they become servants to the money.
Norman Braman is a rich white man. He does not like county government and led a recall because he felt the mayor was mismanaging the taxpayers’ money. I respected Braman for that move and like many voters, I voted to recall Mayor Alvarez. But Braman, like many rich men, has a big ego. He now wants to take over county government and become our de facto county manager/mayor. Somehow he will surely find a way to make a profit. In order to take over county government, he has hatched a devious scheme. He will buy some politicians and have them run against the public servants who don’t have rich white billionaires paying for them to run for office. Braman has come to believe that money makes might and might makes right.
Norman Braman is a rich white man. He does not like county government and led a recall because he felt the mayor was mismanaging the taxpayers’ money. I respected Braman for that move . . .
It appears that he wants to target Commissioners Bruno Barreiro, Audrey Edmonson, Barbara Jordan and Moss. He has asked Shirley Gibson to run against Barbara Jordan. Gibson had previously committed to support Barbara Jordan — I wonder if she has been corrupted by the desire for more power and prestige. Are Blacks being bought by a rich, white man? If Gibson, or others, are bought, how can they serve the people? If people in their district need more drainage because rainfall causes flooding, but Braman does not want construction blocking the roads to his dealership, what does that bought politician do? They will inevitably vote the way Master Braman tells them — the rich will win and the people will lose.
A Braman bought neophyte, Alison Austin, has been secured to challenge Edmonson. Why her? Because Braman does not own her; she is her own person and will vote for what is best for the people. Braman wants to replace Edmonson — a commissioner fighting for her people, with his puppet candidate.
This next election is getting dirty. Good people need to turn out to the polls, because while Braman can create a PAC and buy TV time, radio time, fancy newspaper ads and a lot of junk mail, he cannot buy the hearts and souls of decent people. I don’t want a Braman-bought politician. I want a public servant who will work hard to make the lives of their people better.
Reginald J. Clyne is a partner at Clyne and Associates, P.A. of Miami/Fort Lauderdale.