We’ve been blessed to live in one of history’s rare self-governed nations.
But today, the “self” part seems to have taken over – making the “governed” part increasingly unworkable.
Case in point: California Congressman Doug LaMalfa recently gave up trying to interact with rude, combative and unruly constituents at a town hall meeting in Oroville. After two hours of heckling and other verbal abuse, he simply left the stage.
He ultimately returned and finished a Powerpoint presentation, still having to speak above a din.
This is just the latest example of a disheartening, ominous trend of incivility, childishness and self-centeredness among the citizenry.
Don’t just take our word for it. Listen to 16-year-old Greyson Reynolds, who had seen the congressman give a similar presentation to a much more polite audience of teenagers at his high school.
“Night and day,” the student told a news station. “It’s hard to believe that these people are grown adults and those people, the people at my high school, are children. You’d think it was the opposite.
“I think the immaturity is astounding.”
We do too. And unfortunately, it’s all-too-common today.
Apparently the current voting-age population has thoroughly given over to the pervasive “customer is always right” culture of the past few decades. We seem to think we can get our way all the time, in everything. And many carry on like toddlers if they don’t.
Unless we take this 16-year-old’s advice and grow up, we risk becoming utterly ungovernable.
The key to self-governance is governing oneself.