Politicians are forgetting true roles

As a citizen of the free world, I consider myself fortunate to live under the best form of self-government ever devised by man – of the people, by the people and for the people. No other government in the history of the human race has even come close to the “all men are created equal” premise.

What this means is that, as a citizen, I am just as important as the president.

The way it was formed, “we the people” are the government.

We elect citizens to represent us. We are the bosses. They work for us. They are merely public servants.

Being an elected official is supposed to be a sacrifice. You love your country so much that you’re willing to put your own interests aside in order to work for the greater good of the people.

George Washington didn’t really want to be president. He didn’t think he was up for it. He actually thought he didn’t have what it would take to be an effective leader.

Somewhere along the way, we seem to have forgotten what the term “public servant” means.

Say you have a dream of going to Washington, D.C., to work for your fellow citizens and to make sure the torch of freedom is kept alive. You might as well forget about that dream unless your bank account is close to or above seven figures.

There was a time when patriotism fueled the desire to hold public office. Love of country has been replaced by power and prestige. Now we treat our representatives more like rock stars instead of our own employees.

The word “sacrifice” is no longer associated with elected officials. That word is now used as something the citizens of the United States are asked to do.

If you do manage to get elected to Congress or the presidency, then you are pretty much set for life. You receive the best health care, while the people you represent struggle to pay doctors and hospital bills.

Money and opportunities flow like champagne. Suddenly the American people are nothing more than an obstacle standing in the way of your re-election. Those pesky citizens are always wanting something from you – things like affordable health care, a strong economy or a job.

Don’t they know that you’re doing everything you can to make the other party look bad? Don’t they know that, when we default on our loans, we’ll be able to lay the blame at the other party’s feet? So what if it weakens the dollar and interest rates go up on every American? We held our ground because we were right.

It’s much better to be right than have a sound economy. Don’t you silly citizens know that?

John Glover

Augusta

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