What does a citizenry do when its government stops listening?
- Consider the release of the “Lockerbie bomber”… The following is from The Edinburgh Paper, Evening News:
A POLL today showed a majority of Scots believe justice secretary Kenny MacAskill made the wrong decision in releasing the Lockerbie bomber.
The survey found 43 per cent believed it was right to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds, but 51 per cent were against the move.
- It’s no great secret that most Americans want secure borders. In 2006 a Fox News poll found the following:
Almost all Americans (90 percent) say illegal immigration is a “very” serious (60 percent) or “somewhat” serious (30 percent) problem for the country today — essentially unchanged from a year ago this time.
- A 2007 NY Times/CBS Poll found similar dissatisfaction to the tune of 69%. Yet we still haven’t even completed a fence.
- Look at the outrage over the health care and the deficit, yet the government charges ahead.
- And then there’s Knollberg claiming that tax dollars aren’t our money…
What does the body politic do when its representatives place money, power, and job security (votes) before the well-being of their constituents? I don’t know… I really don’t. Perhaps the story of the Lockerbie bomber might provide insight though… That individual walked free after serving 11 days for each of the 270 he helped to slaughter. And by some happy coincidence a lucrative oil deal was struck between Libya and the U.K. a week later… What do we do?
Maybe, the first thing we do is let the “officials” know that we’re watching, we remember, and that we’re not stupid.
Maybe we use things like town meetings and blogs and “letters to the editor” to voice our contempt and anger. Maybe we jam their phone lines and fill their servers with emails respectfully but firmly taking them to task. And maybe, when the time comes, we vote these “power clowns” and their unions, and their lawyers, and their special interest groups, and their “community action groups”, and their lobbyists right out of office.
And that goes for both Jackasses and fat old Elephants. Perhaps, just as a fluke, we should put our selfishness and agenda aside and vote in folks who understand what “Vox populi, vox Dei” really means – “The voice of the people is the voice of God.”
Maybe then they’ll start listening to us again.