DrMyers’s Blog

November 13, 2008

Will Americans take care of Business?

Eight days have now passed since the historic election between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain.  Through the course of twenty-one months, Americans seemed to become more aware of their rights, and the responsibilities of their government.  Those who felt that their voices could not be heard were vindicated on election night by one Senator, and to those who felt their voices were ignored listened to the concession speech of the opposing Senator.  Tears of joy rolled down the cheeks of many Americans, and the world appeared to take a sigh of relief as the final tallies came in. 

Now, eight days later, the media is flooded with reports of transition teams, bailouts that have received makeovers, and two parties not sure where to go from here.  Yet, the American people have gone back to their lives, turning off CNN & Fox News Stations as they pass by the newsstands in the mornings, focusing their attentions on what their lives were “Pre-Election”.  Meanwhile local governments are having their city council meetings, county commissioners meetings and playing again to pre-election crowds…empty houses.

I pose this question:  Will Americans take care of business, and take back an active role in their local governments. 

As I worked through the election, I met so many people who had never voted before, did not know who their local Representatives were, and at times were not even aware what precincts they lived in.  One might wonder, are all the mishandling in Washington only the faults of the Representatives their, or is the constituents who have neglected their responsibilities of staying informed & staying involved.  With the wide use of the Internet, and information fingertips away, it is brought to my attention that over the last eight years, the American people have purposely neglected their responsibility of staying abreast of the actions regarding the local governments they elect.  As a result, the local leaders have no way of accurately representing their constituents, thus you have a massive amount of neglect within several sectors of the cities accross America.

Consequently, this creates a trickle-up effect, of misrepresentation.  Those elected to the county, state, and federal positions, only speak for those who have allowed their voices to be heard through their votes.  With the battle-cry of “Change” coming from both sides of the isles, it was difficult to understand the change that was promised.  Whereas “Change” taking place in Washington, I am a staunch believer that “Change” must take place in the City Halls and Soup Kitchens all across America.  Whereas people once questioned the purpose of the Electoral College, we saw in this election, that if the constituents play an active role in being informed and involved that the Electoral College correlates with the voice of the American People. 

So, now that the anticipation of election night is gone, will Americans go back to the complacency of yesteryear which has consequently landed us in the worst shape this country has seen in decades, or will Americans take care of business, and hold up to their responsibilities of being informed and involved?  You be the answer!

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