Elected Officials

Let me preface this by saying that I am aware that the U.S. is a Republic, more correctly, a Democratic Republic. But to keep to the point I will be referring herein specifically to democracy.

I think that if there are any Americans who think democracy should be abolished it is a very small number, in fact I’m pretty sure you would have to look long and hard to find them. So, it’s fair to say that most are FOR democracy. So let’s pose a hypothetical question: Do you think it’s your job to run the government. Well, I HAVE asked this of people often. The most common answer is "No that’s what I have elected officials for.” I vote and I want my elected officials to represent the common opinion of their constituency. If I’m unfortunate enough to not have ANY of the people I voted for in government, well, I just have to admit that I backed an unpopular group of candidates and bite the bullet until the next election. But that is the very definition of democracy.

Why then do I get the stock answer; “No, that’s what I have elected officials for”? Every time I hear that, I get the distinct impression (and I think I’m right) that these individuals are saying that they’ve done their part and totally fulfilled their obligation by voting, now they can go home and relax. If they watch the nightly news before turning on Dancing With the Stars , they feel they’re current and what does it matter anyway…they’ve got elected officials, right?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that kind of like going to your wedding, taking your vows, getting in the limo and making your first stop the lawyer to start divorce proceedings?

A democracy is a government OF, BY and FOR the people. That means as a citizen you have an investment in your government. If one is fortunate enough to have investments such as property, stocks and bonds, a business, interest bearing accounts, etc. they check on them regularly, don’t they. Why then would they not check in on their government? This is one of our most important, influential and personally impacting investments. Once you lose it or let unscrupulous characters usurp and/or mismanage it, all could very easily, quickly and permanently be lost. Then you can kiss your properties, stocks and bonds, businesses, interest bearing accounts and all else goodbye because you will either be starving, trying without a modicum of security to scrape out a meager daily living or worse. You could wind up in a sociological holocaust like so many other societies whose form of government crumbled from under them. They say if you don’t learn from history you are doomed to repeat it. I’m not even going to dwell on whether that statement is true because I know it is. I’d like to examine it from a simply semantic viewpoint Why didn’t the statement say ‘ you will be delighted to repeat it’ or ‘you will be fortunate to repeat it’? No, it clearly states that “You will be DOOMED to repeat it. This is a serious warning folks. We are on the ‘eve of destruction’ and it is because we are letting unsavory factions not only take away our freedoms but they are doing it to whittle us down to a base line and controllable work force that will serve them, grovel and be thankful for any scraps of windfall they let slip our way.

This is happening right now on an ever-escalating daily basis all around us. We are confronted with it every time we apply for a loan, try to buy a new vehicle, try to enroll our children in school without ALL the proper vaccinations, Try to apply for a job without being made to pee in a cup, try to buy whole organic milk or worse, transport it across a state border, try to take our complaints to the street in peaceful and compliant demonstration without being beaten, fired upon and gassed sometimes to the point of death. Are these the mechanisms of a democracy? Are these the tenets of a country known as the land of the free and the home of the brave? You bet they’re not. Why then are these things and more happening to us? Why are we are we faced with disappointing information and consequences every time we go online, read a paper, watch the news?

These things are occurring because we signed those divorce papers and filed them in triplicate. Those of us who do vote and are fortunate enough to have jobs, go home, kick off our shoes and wonder why after breaking our backs all day our reverie is spoiled by news of layoffs, budget cuts, downsizing, riots, people in disaster areas receiving no government aid, people bombing us because we are in their countries burning and killing all that they hold dear, men, women and children being sexually assaulted by airline security personnel. Why? Because we are not being vigilant. Why? Well isn’t that what we have elected officials for?

Yep. How’s that working out for you?

Ooh! It’s almost time for Dancing With the Stars…

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  • abigcat
    abigcatover 3 years ago

    So miss DWTS, had no tv since the format was changed from thingumy to whatsit :- ))
    A very seriously reserved rant here :)) no cussing , sexual innuendos or typos. Only one error as I see it, and I may be wrong; Currently the People are the 1% the rest are just the Masses and therefore should just eat cake.
    An excellent wake up write to the Masses, I do believe we’re on the move ;)) I hope you’ve published this in ‘letters to the press’ wherever you are George :-))

  • I’m supportive of the OWS movement 100%. Was a bit concerned about leadership for a while but guys like John Steel are beginning to step up to the plate. This movement is a bit more sophisticated that the anti-war movement I experienced in the 60’s simply because one has to understand finances to direct it. The Nam demonstrations were a bit more visceral.
    I post on FB all the time and I’ve got a bunch of stuff here that you might be interested in. Tried to get some people in the movement and the press interested in my work but no one seems to be biting which in and of itself is a bit discouraging because once again it reflects a climate of apathy. Oh well. I just keep on writing.

    – George Yesthal

  • Matthew Dalton
    Matthew Daltonover 3 years ago

    I particularly like your point about Dancing with the Stars.

    But seriously, I think the quality of your rant writing is improving.

  • Thanx, Matt. I had to do something. Got a little tired of people wanting to tar and feather me.

    – George Yesthal

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 3 years ago

    We elect officals to do the governmental jobs simply because we can’t do those jobs and be able to function in our daily lives. In our system of structure we give our officals a certain amount of time to do his/her job and decide at the close of that term whether or not to keep that person in office. If everyone is corrupt then how are we going to get the right person to do what we all want them to do, especially when no one can agree as to what IS the right thing to do? No matter who we elect into office there will be conflicts to overcome. On a state level we elect our Congress and Senate to work within the structure and judge their performance according to our standards. Likewise we elect on the over all national government with the election of a President. At that level no one state can decide who will take office. We are then at the mercy of the rest of the states to determine our course of action. It’s a hard road to popularity when most of the canidates are not known until presented at the time of elections. Then it’s an all out war to get elected.

  • Right. There will always be conflict. That’s what democracy is built around and, truth be told, it’s healthy. The risk comes from the complacency of a populous that sits back and says, “everything is fine”. When no one guards the hen house it’s fertile ground for the fox to work his mischief and that’s what we are experiencing now. Just look at the percentage of our population that actually votes. It’s very very sad.

    – George Yesthal

  • abigcat
    abigcatover 3 years ago

    I remember a conversation some years ago in Britain, we were bemoaning the cost of a pint of Guinness , which had seemingly doubled overnight, and began wondering what would happen if the Left ever became organised :)
    At the moment the Occupy movement around the world has as it’s base motivation the inequality of wealth distribution, this is true for the so called Arab Spring, although the media portray that as being politically motivated toward democracy, also we never read or hear anything from the Israeli leftists who have been struggling for years with this situation and are faced with the Likud party of right wing extremists occupying the Left Bank there.
    As long as the emphasis of dissent can remain connected to inequality of wealth, then we may have a chance for some kind of change. ;-))
    The Left wing is composed of dissenters basically because they see beyond just the acquisition of wealth:)
    I enjoy your usual rants and earthy humour :-))

  • I know this may seem a bit closed minded but it’s not meant to be. I say that if the U.S. is going to fix its problems we need to close up shop for a while and start mending from within. Our problems have grown (in large part) out of our preoccupation with other countries’ policies and problems. We need to fix what is wrong and if we are to play an international role, do it by leading by example. I do not hold with isolationism but I think it’s time for us to start being a little more introspective.

    – George Yesthal

  • abigcat
    abigcatover 3 years ago

    I agree totally, stop messing with the rest of the world and fix stuff here :-))

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