We voted for our politicians to represent us as our leaders, not followers. This hasn’t happened.

At all levels of public office, too many politicians have conveniently forgotten how and why they got into the office and what was expected of them. They seem to have closed their eyes and ears as to what we, the people, intended from them.

It matters not what the issues may be — gun control, immigration, trade policies, environmental realities ... . Who besides those protecting their own self-interests can honestly argue and justify allowing military assault weapons to be purchased without lawful restrictions?

Unfortunately, our politicians now appear to have formed long lines, much like herds of sheep, that follow the downward direction and pressure of their political bosses (note that I did not use the word “leadership”).

When election time comes again, I suggest voters give serious thought about who our candidates are and then cast their vote for whoever they believe will do what is the right thing to do and not what he or she is told to do.

We mustn’t simply become another one of the herds. Those who choose not to vote can’t complain.

Charles Aftosmis

Mashpee