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…

Elected Officials

George Yesthal

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