One can understand why the people are ignored by the so-called leadership in dictatorial and tyrannical regimes. Inevitably these result in a seemingly endless cycle of violent overthrows. In these regimes the agenda is clearly power and subjugation of the people often resulting in genocide. This is easily recognisable when the “leader:” wears a military looking uniform, establishes a republican guard, puts his image on the currency and on every wall, even in your own home, puts up statues of himself in every town square and conditions the people to refer to their country as “the fatherland,” or motherland, as the case may be.
What is more difficult to understand, however, is why the people are often ignored in democratic governments. It’s as if the so-called leadership has some other hidden agenda.
In democratic representative forms of governments we understand the need for constitutional checks and balances to avoid tyranny by the majority. But regardless of the volume of books and articles by well-respected and well-informed authors and the pleas from ordinary citizens, it all falls on the deaf ears and blind eyes of what passes for leadership. Why? Don’t our representatives or their staffs read? And it is rare that noted authors and investigative journalists are invited to testify before congress or participate in substantive discussions with the President, save for media interviews which result in a rehash of those staff-prepared talking points.
We are encouraged to write or call our representatives, including the President, but we are never sure that anything we say actually makes it past their gate keepers. Emails always result in a form email reply and even the reply to written letters is a form reply that does not address the concerns or questions in the letter that was sent.
We understand that an individual reply addressing the specific issues may not be practical, but it would be nice if the issues were addressed in the media and more importantly in legislation. Sadly, neither of these happens. Why?
Ok, so let’s explore a few brief examples:
- The majority of citizens oppose the practice of foreign nation building by our government with taxpayer dollars but it still goes on. Why?
- The citizenry have expressed the need to exit our involvement in the middle east but it still goes on. Why?
- The citizenry is desirous of a balanced federal budget but we continue to go deeper in debt. Why?
- Most citizens wanted the too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks to go bankrupt which in our economy is the price paid for engaging in failed risky financial practices but they were bailed out with taxpayer dollars anyway. Why?
I could go on, but you get the point.
The basic questions are: Why are our leaders going down a path that is so different from the will of the people? What is their agenda and why are they not sharing it with us?
So there you have it. I had to get this off my mind.
That’s my view, what’s yours?