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Should those we elect lead or follow?

“There go the people. I must follow them for I am their leader!”

French Revolutionary Ledru-Rollin and

U. S. politicians?


In a democracy it is an ageless question: Should those we elect, lead or follow?


Does a “government of the people, for the people, by the people” even require elected representatives? In today’s world with information on any subject instantly available to every citizen, why not just vote on the issues of the day, each day, with our morning coffee.


Increase the sales tax? Yea or Nay

Go to war? Yea or Nay

Pass the 2300-page budget bill? Yea or Nay


No. We probably need to hire some representatives, people we trust to study the issues, hold hearings with experts, learn and know what they are doing so they can represent us.


These representatives would simply offer themselves to us as a public service, then spend most of their time with special interests that want stuff from us, take millions in cash from them, and spend it trashing anyone else offering themselves for public service. Yeah, that is the way it should work. What a great idea!

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Richard Kimball

Vote Smart President


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