Of the people, by the people, for the people. What do these words really mean for us today?
It seems to me that some citizens believe that we have a government that is of the elected officials, by the elected officials and for the people. Can we really blame our government officials for the problems our country is facing? Are we really that segregated between the governing bodies and the people?
We so readily point fingers at one person or party for all our personal problems. But as the saying goes there are four other fingers pointing back at us.
Who is in charge? Yesterday my granddaughter had a serious discussion with her Mom that I over heard. She was making it known that she wants to be free. She does not want anyone to control her. She wants to be in charge! Little does she know that along with that responsibility she must live with the consequences of her actions. If she decides she wants to disobey she will be punished, if not by her Mom, someday it will be the law. If she decides not to take a shower she could lose some friends, etc.!
But, what my granddaughter really wanted was no more discipline or correction for her choices. At age nine she also wants to blame others for every mishap in her life. It is sad, but we as adults also look for the freedom of discipline, correction and someone to blame.
In my opinion there is no better way to define of the people, by the people, and for the people than self discipline and taking responsibility for our own actions. Unfortunately it seems that the majority of us are still looking at the world with nine year old eyes and mindset. Maybe one of the best ways to help our country would be to grow up!