posted on Feb, 1 2008 @ 03:49 AM
If people cared enough to be involved our elected political critters would indeed be more careful with their votes. But many of us, maybe even most
of us, don't care enough to be involved. We think that just because we've cast our ballots for whomever, or whatever initiative, is on the ballot
that strikes our fancy, our part is over. Sorry folks, that's where it's supposed to begin. Oversight. Oversight. Oversight. We, as in average
everyday citizens like you and me, are the only ones who can keep the critters honest. We must demand accountability, must, must, must... That
starts by attending city council meetings, writing letters, sending emails, generally making sure that they know your out there watching and listening
to everything they do, or say. We're watching what and how they vote, and if we don't agree we're not going to be shy about letting them know
I live in SE Washington, once upon a time I lived in Columbia county, I was asked to leave several county commissioner meetings because I dared to ask
why they, the commissioners were driving county vehicles for personal reasons. Taking household trash to the county landfill in a county pickup, when
their own pickup was parked in the driveway of their home. The last time, a little old man stood up and asked the same question, then asked why I was
being removed for asking that question, we got no answer, but those commissioner were voted out the following cycle. It can be done. You just have
to be willing to do the dirty, possibly even dangerous, work necessary to foment the change you see as necessary.
No, this isn't a new thing, not even close...nor is it only democracies that are prey to it. However, democracies/republics can fix it when it
happens. We elect our representative to do the work we don't have time to do, they are our extra set of hands, our tools if you will. We have the
right, the duty, the obligation, to make sure OUR tools are doing what we want them to do. If a hammer doesn't work right, we replace it...if the
Representative we have doesn't work right...well?
This problem is sooo easy to fix if you and I are willing to step up and be heard. Politician of any ilk cannot ignore loud enough voices.
[edit on 1-2-2008 by seagull]