We encourage residents to contact their elected representatives.
We hear from a lot of readers.
We hear a lot of concern and dissatisfaction with government, and we love hearing from readers.
Of course, the best way to put pressure of local government is to call, email and visit the people you have elected to represent you.
Numbers should speak volumes.
Of course, the vote is our ultimate recourse when it comes to holding government officials accountable, but it is not our only recourse.
Conscientious elected officials listen to their constituents.
Even the calloused know they have to get reelected if they hope to stay in power.
Power should belong to citizens.
Elected officials should be powerless.
Government does not know best.
Whether talking about the federal government in Washington, D.C, the General Assembly in Atlanta, the county commission or city council, government does not know better than the citizens it represents.
We do not elect officials to think for us.
We elect them to represent us.
That is what is meant by the word “republic,” a representative form of government.
Giving a choice between the will of elected officials and the will of ordinary citizens, we should always defer to the people.
The people we elect should never be so audacious so as to usurp the rights and interests of citizens.
Public service is not autocratic rule.
Being elected to office should not be viewed as being placed in a position of authority and privilege.
The Declaration of Independence provides, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
These words are primary to our entire form of government.
All real power, belongs to the governed, citizens, and not the to governing, elected officials.
We have protections in place, laws, to prevent a governing class from seizing power away from citizens.
The problem, however, is that citizens and the media have become accustomed to looking the other way while officials have become accustomed to looking out for themselves.
The intention is no public servant should ever be able to simply do what is necessary to get re-elected.
The intention should always be to adequately, competently and ethically represent the interests of the very citizens they are elected to serve.
While we love to receive letters to the editor for publication and always welcome calls and emails from our readers, we encourage you to put pressure on the people you have put in office by writing, calling and visiting.
Make them represent your interest, not their own.