Back in January the current crop of congressmen (and women) was sent to Washington D.C. with high hopes they would clean up this mess we’re in. A pipe dream, I know, however one can still have hope.
On January 6th, we get this:
I had some real mixed feeling about the whole thing. One side, I was like hey guys, do you know that there is work to be done? On the other side, it was kind of refreshing to see congress commit itself to getting back to the basics.
The United States Constitution was written to limit the power the government has over its people, in fact the government should serve the people, not the other way around. As noted several times in history the best government is that is closest to the people. It is in this spirit that the ninth and tenth amendments were added to our Constitution before it was ratified. With this idea in mind it only seems logical that our city councils and township boards would be bodies that wield the most power over a people.
That was until I see this come across from the Washington Post a little over a month ago.
At the last township meeting, there was a total of seven people who showed up. Of those who showed up, there was the clerk, treasurer and two supervisors; the third was in Vegas and was re elected by default, he was informed by text message after the meeting. The others that attended, was the snowplow driver, the wife of one the present supervisors, and of course myself. The meeting was updated regularly with updates from the game being played at Tri-valley that same evening.
I had to wonder if the people had better things to do, didn’t know or didn’t care. I went out asked a few people. I also asked others if they knew who their mayor was or who sat on their town/city council. I also asked who their state Representatives where. Then I asked the killer question, if they knew who their neighbor was.
This was a non-scientific informal poll. I would have to say that 85% of the people had no idea who their local leaders were. When I asked if they know their neighbor, I was meet with a blank stare. The people in Sioux Falls know who their mayor is, however they have no idea who sit on their council.
One gentlemen was very pointed. He stated,
?Don’t know and don’t care. The government is going to do whatever it wants to do. They don’t care about us little guys, who work for a living, until they want something, like my vote. With money being as tight as it is, I’ll sell my vote to the highest bidder.?
So much for a government by the people, for the people.
The whole idea behind local government is a sense of community, people knowing who their neighbors are. Working together to make where they live a better place. Taking back our country is not going happen in the halls of congress, in the state legislatures, or even in the town halls, it is going to happen in the backyards, and at the dinner tables, when we start working together.
Representative Stace Nelson posted on facebook:
The quote that should invoke all to action: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke Get involved in your church, get involved with your community, and let your family know how much you love them. Don’t be afraid to take a stand, but if you would be ashamed to argue your stance on an issue in front of the Lord… maybe you are on the wrong side of an issue.
He has the right idea, we should get involved, we should get to know one another. So while you are planning those summer parties and get-together extend an invite to your neighbor. If you figure out who your local leaders are, consider inviting them as well, you might pleasantly surprised to find they are normal people.