Never Forget About “The People”

“… and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” – Abraham Lincoln

This basic definition of democracy is from one of the most famous speeches in history—the Gettysburg Address. Abraham Lincoln had the right idea, but somewhere down the line, some government officials got off track and decided that “for the people” should really mean “for the benefit of political parties”.

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know that the federal government is shut down. It doesn’t matter to which political affiliation you belong—the bottom line is that an agreement could not be reached; and subsequently, the government missed its deadline.

Maybe the most frustrating part for Americans is that these uncompromising elected officials are still receiving a paycheck while an estimated 800,000 federal government employees are on furlough, which forces them to stay home without pay.

I understand there are major issues being debated on Capitol Hill. However, it also seems more like a game of “chicken” between political parties rather than a consideration for “the people”.

It doesn’t only happen on the federal level.

Some local level public servants make the mistake of looking out for the benefit of their friends and family, rather than for the common greater good. Don’t let personal agendas and motives get in the way of doing what is right for the majority.

You were entrusted, and maybe even elected, into the position you hold—don’t give anyone a reason to lose that trust.

This post isn’t meant to stir hate for the people in government offices. It’s a plea for anyone who is called to be a public servant to never get too caught up in the details that you forget about the people.

Hope Boyd
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Hope Boyd
Director of Communications, Strategic Government Resources

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