To the Editor,
As in most things governmental, interpretation usually dictates how one moves to apply just how it affects our daily lives. Some will see it as as source of tyranny continually oppressing them into buying a new deck of victim cards when they have played the last one from the old deck. Others will see government as a way to participate in community and self determination, an avenue to explore the freedoms guaranteed. So which is correct? Neither. And both.
Government is just government. It is what we want it to be.
Because of a group of diverse people living together voluntarily and bringing individual ideas and wants, some order must be adhered to as to hear each other and to push what we want to have government do for us collectively. The alternative is screeching at each other and anything determined would be the result of who pounds their sticks on the ground the loudest to get their way. We have seen both locally.
Grant you, government and its procedures in place to insure civil discourse resulting in what we chose to live with is indeed both sometimes frustrating and satisfying. Deal with it. It is our government.
Our city council is set up to insure that citywide representation occurs. Each council member represents each of us. Everyone. If we place that representation on the shoulders of just one individual council member, expecting them speak for us exclusively, then we are missing the point of government. It becomes me the people instead of we the people and we are missing out on utilizing all of government at our disposal to further our wants and concerns.
And for any council member or city official, elected or appointed, who use their position to promote an agenda that does note take into consideration the wants and needs of all of Waxahachie, then the question must be asked as to just who are you representing? Yourselves or the city of Waxahachie in its entirety?
We are fortunate to live in a place where we still have a government closely aligned to the people. Through our representations on the city council, we have a way to try to realize our different wants and needs. But, in reality, we will never be fully represented. That is a given. Simply because my ideas of what I believe government should be will never work for everyone. Neither will yours. But ours always will. The point where the me turns into the we. A matter of how we see government.
Alan Fox, Waxahachie