Allegan County Clerk and former 80th District State Rep. Bob Genetski is becoming the poster boy for what’s wrong with the modern American political system mistakenly believed to be a democracy or a republic.
As comedian George Carlin warned a decade ago, “The game is rigged… but nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care.” And former President Jimmy Carter acknowledged we no longer have a democratic form of government, we’re living under an oligarchy, the rule of a few.
And by now we ought to understand that term limits isn’t the answer to career politicians, who just find new and creative ways to stay in power by taking advantage of a predictable electorate not paying attention.
I hear tell Genetski will seek election in 2018 to the 26th District State Senate seat now held by Tanya Schuitmaker, who will be term limited next year and is running for attorney general. You understand,
politicians who are term limited just show up elsewhere using their name recognition to get elected to other posts, regardless of whether they’re qualified or not. And voters don’t seem to care.
Kenneth Yonker, who was 72nd District State Representative for six years, is back on the public payroll, using his name recognition to get elected Ken County Drain Commissioner. Former State Rep. Tom Hooker at the same time was elected supervisor of Byron Township. And Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is running for governor as Rick Snyder is term limited.
Genetski was elected Allegan County Clerk in the August 2016 primary. I have no clue whether he has the necessary skills to do a good job. I’m not sure he has a clue either, because with less than a year on the job, he’s running for a state senate seat he chose not to seek in 2014 because he said he had lots of family type commitments, such as weddings, a First Communion and a reunion.
I wrote three years ago, “It’s a pretty good excuse, but about the same as the corporate ruse of telling everybody he resigned to spend more time with his family… I believe instead he decided against running (in 2014) because he doesn’t think he can beat incumbent State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, who has announced she will seek her second four-year term. Schuitmaker, who lives in Antwerp Township in Van Buren County, was elected senator from the old 20th District in 2010 and perhaps has a lot better name recognition.”
Genetski really spread the BS around when he told the Globe, “While I very much wanted to bring the (senate) seat to Allegan County and ensure that its constituents had a limited government, common-sense, conservative representing them in the State Senate, the timing of this year’s election does not work for me and my family.”
But two years later Genetski decided to go back to the public trough by getting elected county clerk by an unwary public that sleepwalks through elections by consistently voting for Republicans, especially incumbents or those with name recognition. And if he wins the race for the Michigan Senate, Allegan County will have to appoint his successor in the clerk’s post. That person will be blessed with the power of incumbency and name recognition when the 2020 election approaches.
Once again, as Carlin said, “The game is rigged… but nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care.”
Shame on us for allowing these charlatans to get away with their cynical and manipulative games at our expense.