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The Elect

What’s the difference between an elected official and the average citizen? I mean besides a first-rate healthcare plan, excellent pension, retirement, personal parking space, fame, power, respect and numerable other perks?

It’s easy for ordinary people like me to complain. Do they seriously need to take another recess? Whatever happened to 9-5 hours and a two-week vacation? Why don’t they dig in and get something done. They need to stop this outrageous bickering and contemptible finger-pointing and do the job they’re hired to do. Running the country is not about you, it’s about us, the people. That’s just for starters. I could go on all day and barely scratch the surface of my grievances.

As much as I believe that government should play a very small role in our lives, the part it does play is extremely significant. These representatives have a sacred responsibility to uphold the Constitution of the United States for all of us regular corn-fed folk. If you think Washington is chaotic with all the wrangling, pettifoggery and backbiting, you’re absolutely right. But… and there’s always a but… imagine what our lives would be like without an elected government. Democracy is a high ideal but tyranny and oppression will always rise to the topic given the opportunity. Someone will always be there in the wings to subjugate if given even the slightest crack of opportunity. Electing honorable people can prevent anarchy from seeping through the floodgates and good majority-chosen representatives can stay the jaws of mobocracy that would just as soon snap us up in a death grip. Dramatic but nonetheless true.

Selecting, electing and then protecting those who represent us a responsibility. As frustrating as it is to watch the mêlée that inevitably comes from a diverse group of individuals—as incompetent, lazy and spineless as they sometimes appear—as devious, underhanded and self-serving we may consider them to be, they serve a vital function in our nation. I for one am grateful they are in place. It doesn’t matter if I agree with them. If my opinions differ I can speak my mind and vote for someone else next time. Regardless, esteem for the elected office and those chosen to fill it is fundamental to our freedom.

What’s the difference between an elected official and the average Joe? Votes. Votes of confidence, hopefulness, expectation and assurance. It doesn’t matter which side of the isle you sit on, it’s a two-way responsibility. Whine and complain all you want—it’s your right. Upholding the elected office is your duty.