Aren’t we responsible for the power we give our leaders?
The morning after we, in the UK, left Europe I switched on my tv and was confronted with a group of people saying that we’ve now done our bit and everything else is Boris Johnson’s responsibility. This irked me, although I realised it’s probably a common view.
You see we’ve just had years of people shouting about wanting their voice heard and how the government must do what we tell them ( which I agree we have the right to ) but, as soon as what we – as a country – demanded gets done, we then say that anything that happens because of it is not our responsibility. What’s more, when we had the option to say we’d like some control over how it happens or what rules are put in place or changed we said that we were fed up with voting and making choices and, instead, the government should do what we told them to ( bear in mind none of our PMs have claimed to read minds ).
Now, before anyone asks, it’s not a question of being for or against Brexit. It’s about realising that we, the people, are responsible for our country. Sure we can’t fix homelessness or debt but each time we vote we’re choosing the people who can and, what’s more, we’re reaffirming that THEY WORK FOR US !
Oh, I know that seems a crazy thought, after all these are such powerful people who know details of what’s going on which we don’t, but everything they do affects our lives, and the fact they have this power is because WE chose them, so why shouldn’t they listen to us? We are, after all, the ones who know most about the difficulties we face; we’re the ones who see our neighbours when they struggle; we get to struggle with getting benefits or keeping our businesses afloat; we live with our disabilities and know what’s needed to help us survive.
As we leave Europe there will be laws that will be cut or created and benefits that may not exist or change dramatically, and these will affect us directly so surely now is the most important time for those who are deciding how these things will work to know how we need them to work and why.
It’s not just a UK thing either. In the Constitution of the United States ( not, as I originally wrote, the US Decleration of Independence ) it actually reads:
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare , and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.Constitution of the United States ( 17th September 1787 ) – https://constitutionus.com/
‘We, the people’, not ‘We the leaders of the people.’
In a permanent document, on which all else would be founded, the powers which the people, as a whole, hold, were written first, before all others. I say as a whole because it doesn’t include any more limits than that they be of the United States – no value, occupation or gender were noted . There was no set on time limit or maximum numbers, no question of whether they have their own home or that they be fully able bodied.
If, then, we have this power to choose who’s in charge and this voice to tell them what we want, then surely we have a responsibility to use those and, in turn, carry some of the responsibility for what happens because of the choices those in charge make in our names.
Further more, this responsibility means we need to ask ourselves what these choices we ask for really mean and what really caused the problems we have; not just blaming it all on some group or other; not just looking to ourselves and ignoring the poorer or ill; most certainly not just choosing the cry that all will be better without any explanation of how.
We in the UK, are in the midst of a complete change while, in the US, an election for who will lead the country for the next four years is soon to occur. We have a chance, not only to choose who leads us but to tell them how we want them to lead, all we have to do is realise that we have the right to tell them.