Elections matter

Listening to a Congressman being interviewed on the radio last week, I was reminded of this quote from the movie Braveheart, where William Wallace explains how his view of the role of a government representative differs from the rep’s view:

You think the people of this country exist to provide you with your position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom.

The Congressman said he was disappointed by how the talk among his colleagues in Washington DC wasn’t about doing right by the American people, but how to get more from the American people so they could continue to fund and grow government agencies.

That doesn’t surprise me, since that reflects generally who we’ve been electing.

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One thought on “Elections matter

  1. “A Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of Government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess of the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that Democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy…”

    This should be restated: A Republic can only exist until politicians discover they can live like kings by sharing the public treasury with a majority of voters. From that moment on they sell out to the majority and the Republic collapses..

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