Beau December 10th, 2008
Working on a few projects and finding it a little difficult to summon creative energy this week. Maybe it’s the confluence of the holidays, school and everything that comes along with it. The young one is home sick today. I’m a little sick today as well, but not quite for the same reasons. I must apologize in advance- this post is a little bit of a downer. So instead of my usually sincere look at the wonderful world we live in, I will share a few thoughts about politicians.
My thoughts center on reading about people- elected officials and unelected bureaucrats primarily, who break the great trust placed in them to fulfill positions of leadership and service. I’ve made it a point to avoid political discussion on this site, but I have to say that sometimes, the news we read- and the scale of corruption at times is so… disappointing, to say the least. Not that it should be news perhaps, since many people believe government officials are prone to corruption.
In the past, I have tried not to follow politics very much, yet it has become a spectator sport in recent years. I will say that at times I now take a very careful look at where people stand in terms of their views of America, the economy, supporting our military and even our heritage and traditions. There are too many people that only have selfish goals in mind when they decide to go into politics. Or they seemingly want to “reshape” the country into something else… something they think it should look like, without consideration for the Constitution and the rights of all American citizens. Even for the most diehard idealists (company I find myself keeping at times), it’s hard not to grow a bit cynical over the years watching the political circus that takes place around the country.
Yet with that being said- at some level I would still like to think, or hope, or believe that most of our elected leaders, beyond all the glad-handing, baby-kissing and cocktail parties with lobbyists, will take their jobs- and their charter of service to the people- seriously enough to avoid breaking the law. Unfortunately, in recent years, as the truth and scope of events are not coming out- it would seem the opposite is closer to the truth.
I mean, come on- when is it enough? When is the power, the money, the prestige… when is it all enough? Apparently that’s a question that too many officials and bureaucrats never really considered before. We need to keep a closer watch on government, and take a good look at where we stand. And more importantly, we need to excercise the right, the privilege, and I believe- the obligation of every Citizen to Vote.