We are not a democracy. We are, instead, a representative democracy. We voters elect representatives. They in turn vote on policies that will be most beneficial to the country.
Too many politicians have forgotten that. They consider only the views of the voters who elected them. Have they forgotten that, once elected, they represent the voters who voted for the other guy, too? Have they forgotten that, once elected, they represent all of us?
Our system has failed so fundamentally that our elected representatives ceded their responsibilities to a group of 12 congressmen and women. In doing so, they ceded our futures, as well. The very existence of a deficit-reduction “super committee” demonstrates failure, and America deserves better, but at this moment the committee is all we have.
Solutions are not so difficult to identify. Times are tough, we’re out of money and all of us are going to have to give up something. We’ll scream, we’ll beat our chests at the unfairness of it all, but life will go on. Isn’t that what we teach our children?
I am begging my elected representatives, all of them, to lead. That leadership might come with a price – a high price. To do what is right might cost them the next election.
Without that leadership, we all lose, so they need to suck it up and do what they were called upon to do. The job is not easy, and the price might be high, but we are depending on them.