Lawmakers. Just the word alone sounds impressive. Bundle that with the millions thrown at them for campaigning or the perfectly prepared speeches written to thrill the masses and it is easy to see how they become larger than life. No longer a regular person.
But they really are regular people. Sure, some are more flamboyant or educated than, well, regular people like me, but when you come right down to it they, as my grandpa would say, “all put their pants on one leg at a time.”
So, each term these lawmakers are sent to do business in the capital for the rest of us pants-wearing people when something predictable happens. The agendas once a passion become a forgotten dream replaced by arguing and posturing with other lawmakers who forgot they too wear pants one leg at a time.
So, my fellow regular people disguised as lawmakers, I have but one request: Please remember what it means to look for a job in an economy that is broken or how hard it is for teachers to give a quality education to our children without funding. The regular people are counting on you. We need you to stand for us, fight for us, and don’t forget to check your fly.