Thursday, July 20, 2006

Representative Government

Hello, Indy Texans. My name is Zeb and I'm an independent from Maine. Ingrid requested that I come over as a guest blogger. She and Linda are doing a great job here. My blog can be found here, Inside Zebster, where I write about independent issues, social and political issues.

Following is a piece I wrote several weeks ago that I feel represents what many of us want in our government and what we, especially as independents, can do to help put government more back into our hands. I hope you enjoy it. If so, I'll be more than happy to post the second part of it later. Thanks for having me.

We all can make a difference, one person at a time, an increasingly louder drum beat of involved, informed citizens who demand again a representative government. Our elected officials will not change unless we make them change. We all have to get involved and stay involved...let them know we will no longer tolerate anything short of accountability.
What can you do? Most importantly we must be informed, informed regarding the issues and informed regarding how those we elect vote on those issues and why they vote the way they do. You can write editorials in your local newspaper; you can call politician's offices; you can even blog. But most importantly you must vote, and don't throw away your vote because you always vote for your party or your total source of information is through political ads. Be informed, be involved.
Let's get together, red and blue and purple, and have some civilized discourse regarding the issues. Politicians know if they can polarize us, they can conquer us. The left and right are much closer on most issues than they realize; but our elected officials have been successful in making us think the other side is crazy and irrational...that every Democrat believes in the radical left and every Republican believes in the radical right. Actually, the vast majority of us are moderates and centrists. So let's open the channels of communication amongst ourselves; let's cut out the middle man who's telling us what the other side thinks.
Did you know the reelection rate in this country hovers around 98%?! How is that possible? One reason is due to the shameless reorganizing and gerrymandering of districts so that in all but the most rural states each district is heavily red or heavily blue. Also, all the special interest money, be it corporate or social or what have you, knows that statistic and will put their money being the incumbent. Let's show them this fall what a waste of money that was; that the power of an informed citizenry is stronger than special interest money.
We are to blame for the current state of our government. We haven't been involved; we haven't been informed; we haven't demanded change; we've voted party lines over and over again regardless of the issues; we've listened to and believed the clever sound bites that roar from both sides of the aisle. Politicians, political parties and organizations, election experts all know how to feed on our fears, on our herd mentality, on our laziness and that we are a sound-bite, knee-jerk, rush-to-pick-sides public.
So look around at the scandalous activities on both sides of the aisle. It's a feeding frenzy of greed, ego and comfortability. I hope we're proud of ourselves...we allowed this to happen. And we will send a message loud and clear that we don't mind these activities, that in fact we support them if we don't get involved and do something about it.


Zeb

6 Comments:

Blogger Ingrid said...

Excellent post Zeb! How could I have missed it in the first place (on your site)?? I certainly want to read the second part of that! You ought to write a version for the letter of the editor to the WaPo or NYT or something. I'm glad I asked you to join,
Ingrid

12:26 PM  
Blogger Zebster said...

(blushing) It's not that good but thanks. Yes, it's on my site, both parts in June, I believe.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

it's not that good..it's written with conviction but then, that's what a blog is supposed to be for.
Ingrid

2:42 PM  
Blogger linda curtis said...

Thanks Zeb, for joining us. I very much agree with your statement that "we" are the problem too. It's easy to blame politicians. But, I remember this from Ross Perot's comments (and I didn't agree with him on everything, but this was one I most agreed with) -- he said, "We have good people in a bad system."

I think we baby boomers (I'm suspecting I'm much older than you, perhaps because of your name), or at least some of us, remember what it was like to have an independent movement in this country. We had one in the 60's, but it didn't remain independent for very long. But, the reverberations from that independent movement are still happening today -- although, mostly we've lost much of what we fought for.

The time for an independent movement has come again. And, I see many people stepping up to the plate. Our communities and our world now depend on it. There's no more time to waste debating this. Let's all get to work -- whatever our agreements and disagreements are -- we can build a new concensus to save our planet -- yes we can!

5:09 PM  
Blogger Zebster said...

Linda, thanks and nice to "meet" you. Stop by Inside Zebster anytime.
I'll be 45 next month, so write on the end of the baby boom. We had a movement in the 70's too...we checked out. LOL But I see an awful lot of us who were complacent in our teens then who are angry as hell now. Yes, we can make things happen and I'm working on doing that in Maine right now.
Zeb's just a nickname. If I told you my real first name, you'd think I was really old. LOL

8:09 PM  
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