We are the People

I have been thinking about politics again, which happens a lot. I am also mulling over the fact that we are so threatened by diversity. I had an interesting comment discussion with Eric Grey from Deepest Health over last Friday’s post. I was also having a discussion with friends of a friend on Facebook.

It occurs to me that so many people are sick to death of government not because government itself is bad but that our government has failed us. It’s not representing the people. The vast majority of people see themselves as making no difference and being disenfrachised. Certainly there are corporate interests that fan those flames, but at it’s root that seems to be an issue. I see that in the resurgence of libertarianism which ultimate seeks to eliminate government. Sometimes I think that’s a good thing.

The progressive in me steps back and remembers that without government, chances are something would step into that void. There has to be a leader and government seeks to find that leader. Democracy allows the people to find that leader. Without the people as a whole, we get government by most powerful. In our world the most powerful are the corporations and the leaders of those corporations. Without a strong government by the people, ultimately we are ruled by financial interests rather than our own best interests. The only way to give us a level playing field with corporations is by letting the people run the government. If that government is failing us, we need to work harder to take it back.

When the people rule, we get together and listen to each other. Legitimate concerns can be aired. The minority group with legitimate concerns can be heard. Their concerns actually allow the majority concerns to be refined and made more inclusive. Laws and guidelines become more fair.

Non participation or stepping back and saying I want no government becomes a cop out. We allow others to be in charge. We shirk our responsibilities and wonder why our government doesn’t work for us. Discussion is essential. Arguments will happen. However, threats and hatred have no place. Suggesting we abolish the government is no answer. Disrespect for our officials is merely disrespecting ourselves and the world we have created.

Every single person in a democracy matters. Each voice in an ideal world should be heard. Room should be made for all concerns. Only then can we improve the world around us. Diversity creates more diversity which creates more choices. With choice comes challenge. We all need to be heard. More importantly, I think we all need to listen.

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