First of all, I should say it’s rather telling that while I was typing the title of this blog, I Freudian-slipped with “democrazy” instead of democracy. I tried to type it again and it came out “demoncracy.” No joke.
I cannot tell you how unbelievably sick I am of people complaining about The Government. Yes. The Government. As a proper noun. Many refer to The Government as if it were a malevolent, sentient being as opposed to what it actually is: a composite of elected representatives elected at the local, state and federal levels meant to carry out the will of the people. No, that’s not right at all. The Government is evil. The Government wastes money. The Government isn’t doing enough to stimulate the economy. The Government is raising taxes. The Government is cutting spending. The Government lied about the moon landing, 9/11 and Santa Claus. The Government is an all-powerful demon sent here to slay virgins, steal the souls of the innocents, and serve as a harbinger of the Antichrist.
There are so many people who talk about the government as if it’s this destructive force beyond all our control and for the life of me I can’t understand why. Do they know it’s not true? Are they that uninformed? Or are they just lazy and prefer to lay blame than take responsibility? I can’t decide which option is worse. I feel like they are two tainted ideologies that are rooted in the same problem: apathy. Some are too apathetic to learn, others are too apathetic to care.
I don’t know if we live in the freest, greatest, best, most special, prettiest, winningest, most God-favored nation on the planet, but we have a hell of a lot more options than a lot of other countries. It’s due to this thing called “the democratic process.” Everyone over the age of 18 has the right to vote. That means you have a definitive say over who is elected to represent your interests on a local, state and federal level. Do you have any idea how much power that gives you? You, yes, you as an individual. You have power. Government authority only HAS authority because you and I say so. It is your job to remind them of that. Vote. Organize. Protest. Petition. Write. Make them listen. Utilize your power. And don’t demonize those who choose to do so.
Government officials need to be reminded that they are subject to the will of the people—all of the people, not just the ones in their party. If you think The Government has total control, then you probably also believe that parties pull the strings. Which they sort of do but it doesn’t have to be that way. In a sense, parties are meaningless. When it comes down to general elections, it isn’t the party votes that candidates are trying to win: it’s the independent vote. Can you imagine if people demanded that party lines continue to remain irrelevant, even during primary elections? Why do we have to nominate a candidate from one of the two major parties? What if the candidates running against each other in the general election are the ones who got the most votes during the primary, regardless of party? Arizona just proved that can happen – we ousted the Senate president because the vote wasn’t about political party lines, it was about common principles. If this is something you want to see outside of a recall election, we have the power to make that happen. (Arizona voters, see here).
Furthermore, government entities are not out to destroy America. Governments are composed of people and people tend to act in their own self-interest. I don’t think it’s in anyone’s self-interest to destroy the country one lives in.
We are losing our self-determination because we are giving it away. We are anything but helpless but as long as we think we are, we shall remain so. Just because someone has shiny hair and a starched suit doesn’t mean they don’t have to answer to the rest of us.
Democracy is exhausting. Someone get me a friggin’ cupcake.