Prophets of the Past

I’ll admit up front that I’m a Facebook junkie. I check it several times a day to see what my friends- old and new- are up to. It’s especially enjoyable to discover what past friends are doing with their lives. Are they married? Any kids? Where do they live now? What career did they pursue?

How do they identify themselves politically?

And this is where I’ve discovered a disturbing trend in their responses-

“largely uninformed and voting”

“admittedly apathetic”

“does it really matter?”

“voting is an exercise in futility”

There are a few other more explicit responses, but as we want to keep this site family-friendly, I’ll refrain from adding them in.

But the point is that there are a lot of disenfranchised citizens out there who do not educate themselves on the issues and/or feel that their vote is meaningless.

What they’re really saying is, “I’m just one person. I can’t really make a difference”.

From daily conversations with neighbors and acquaintances, I feel confident in claiming that this attitude is prevalent. Perhaps even… running rampant.

This apathy has dire consequences for our country. Mainly, this means that there are not enough people holding our elected officials accountable for their actions.

Voters are angry and frustrated (and very, very whiney)… but how many are willing to take action? What percentage of the population has called or emailed a representative at any level of government in the past year? Or ever, for that matter?

Americans have forgotten that we are the government. Remember the whole “of the people, by the people, for the people” thing? Politicians are not our masters- they are our employees. They are not infallible elites who know what’s best for us. They are our servants who have sworn an oath to uphold The Constitution- not give sway to special interests.

So, when these officials, who abuse their office and ignore the rule of law, are reelected over and over and over, who’s really to blame?

Me. And you.

“There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence.

I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing.”
- Daniel Webster

“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
-Thomas Jefferson

Profound wisdom from ages past- wisdom we would all be wise to heed.


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