Thursday, October 26, 2006

"No, I represent the people."

Who represents the people? A member of the media or an elected official? (Via KLo.)

4 Comments:

Anonymous the real luther said...

Sadly neither in my opinion. Reporters represent their medium, elected officials represent the government. Technically they both should serve the people but that's an uncommon characteristic as well as they usually seem to be self serving.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

But the government represents us -- our interests or disinterests, as the case may be.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I dunno. I think if people want change they can vote for it. I agree that there's a lot of self-interest in politics, namely staying elected. And uh ...that's all I got right now.

But remember -- my thoughts are at no charge to you!

8:22 PM  
Anonymous the real luther said...

I guess it depends on which definition of "represents" that you use.

If we use "to speak and act for somebody else in an official way" then technically elected officials do make decisions and laws that affect their constituents. But its questionable as to whether their "official acts" are really for the betterment of their constituents as a whole. My belief is that they typically are not, but instead are self-serving for personal and special interests.

Can we vote them out of office? Sometimes but not always easy to do because it is hard to fight the individual when the parties control who is running – so we frequently have to choose between turd and bigger turd – or as Soutpark put it you have to choose between a douche-bag and a shit-sandwich.

3:00 PM  

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