They Just Don’t Care

It’s funny how once politicians are in power, they seem to forget the needs of the people who gave them that power…until the next election that is…

“‘IGNORANCE and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind.’ This is an observation of Dr. Tillotson, with relation to the interest of his fellow-men, in a future and immortal state: But it is of equal truth and importance, if applied to the happiness of men in society, on this side the grave…

the love of power, which has been so often the cause of slavery, has, whenever freedom has existed, been the cause of freedom.

~ John Adams, “A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law” No. 1, August 1765

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You would think abject failure at one’s job would cause someone to be a bit troubled.  Not Congress.  They’re more than content to run the country into the ground while they play little partisan games that all boil down to them trying to feel like they have the real power in Washington.  Because that’s all they care about.  If they were intelligent or considerate of the population as a whole or if they felt like the people actually might take back their power, maybe they would care.  But as it stands, they obviously do not.  People wonder why there’s such a deep divide that keeps Congress from getting anything done, but what they should really be wondering is why Congress doesn’t care enough to compromise to get anything done.  Why do they think it’s not important in the slightest to try to come together to solve issues?  Why do they think it doesn’t matter if they allow things like sequester to happen or the budget wars to go on?  Because it doesn’t affect them.  It doesn’t affect their power.  They can run America into debt and ruin, but at the end of the day, they’re still getting re-elected and still running the show.  They don’t care if federal workers are furloughed or if you don’t get mail on Saturday or that the military has to suspend scheduled carrier deployments or tuition assistance for active duty service members.  Because they still get paid, they get to go on a long weekend, and their families are happy and fine.  And if they keep the country enslaved through their petty partisanship and power games, well it doesn’t really matter because they don’t really care.  If they did, there would be no sequester, and there would be a balanced budget and a Congress that could actually function well enough to pass needed legislation.

Ironic isn’t it?  In our country, power is supposed to stem from the people.  We’re supposed to have the ultimate power over our elected officials.  But of course, we don’t use it.  While Congress may be inconsiderate, we are ignorant.  Ignorant of our rights and the power we have over our own destiny and our own freedom.  Do you really believe it’s *everyone else* in Congress, but your Senator or Representative is just fine?  Lets be honest, if that’s the line they are telling every American citizen in every district, it cannot possibly be true.  Do we believe any one else who tells us in our daily lives “oh the problem is everyone else, I’m doing fine”?  Of course not.  Yet we willingly accept it from our own elected official all the time.  We need to commit to being an informed citizenry.  We need to commit to removing our politicians from power when they fail to do their job.  If they run for reelection, we should never be reelecting someone who didn’t function in Congress the last time, and it doesn’t matter what party they originated from.  We can either take back the ultimate power in governance, or we can be content with the way things are.  So what you really have to ask yourself is: are you happy with our government?  Do you care enough to change it?  Because if you don’t care anymore, then we’re no longer the land of the free.  We are just another place where the few rule over the many.

 

Res Publica

 

Documentation without Representation:

John Adams, “A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law” No. 1, August 1765

http://www.masshist.org/publications/apde/portia.php?id=PJA01d066

Electronic Text Courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society

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