A vote is the best defence
These days, when bombast, lies and empty people-pleasing promises can propel a candidate to the highest political office, a citizen’s foremost defence is the vote. All decisions have consequences. Their fallout benefits some people and hurts others. In government, whether of a nation or a municipality, there are no good decisions. There is only the choice of the least-bad one. That choice is made by fallible human beings. So it is vital to look at the integrity of the choosers. Are they honest, decent and well-meaning? Are they experienced? Those are the qualities on which we have to rely.