Service above self

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

No one is leading. And leading is what they all promised to do when they came looking for our votes. Follow me. Trust me. The simple truth is, their lack of honesty and integrity has produced a mess that they’re all running away from, failing to accept responsibility for their lack of appropriate action.

Once again we are peppered with empty promises. I wonder how long we can afford to let these self-centered, egotistical politicians make decisions that will affect the future of our country. Always more concerned with their job security and their legacy, it’s nothing more than a tennis match for them and we, unfortunately, are the ball.

They’ve accepted a job and once again they failed to get the job done. Governing is not about them. It’s always been about the people … a people who believe in freedom, opportunity, honesty, hard work and a commitment to future generations. We are paying a tremendous price for a bipartisan government that continues to fail to meet its responsibility. At some point, we must end this calamity.

We are now forced to wait another two years before we’ll get a chance to attempt to send them a message. I don’t think we have another two years to wait for them to drive the nation further into the hole.

Our forefathers, the framers of the American Constitution, recognized the threat of governmental tyranny — the use of arbitrary power by those in government over her people — but they were also concerned with the danger associated with a populace uprising. “Separation of powers” and “checks and balances” were designed to protect the country from the European kind of rule.

As a nation we must put aside our political differences and demand accountability from the people who have sworn to serve. It’s time for the American people to make their will known and insist that the government do their job to serve and protect us, not themselves.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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