Don’t wait to be led

Timely advice from Tamara K.:

Folks, we have a serious perception problem in this country. A bunch of people seem to think we have “leaders” instead of “representatives”. Bosses and not employees.

Folks, we hired them. We pay them. They work for you, not the other way around. If you are sitting around and waiting for leadership from this collection of do-gooders, used car salesmen, and former Student Body Treasurers, you might as well wait for Santa while you’re at it.

These are the people we hire to schlep out our legislative trash in Washington, DC because we’re too busy being, you know, productive to handle scutwork like that. We’ve given them a metaphorical Roto-Rooter and asked them to keep the navigable waterways clear; handed them a calculator and asked them to keep an eye on the national checking account. And, like a sixteen-year-old left home with a simple list of chores who instead gets into the liquor cabinet and invites her friends over for a party, look what’s happened to them.

Similarly, P. J. O’Rourke: “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.”

Folks, if you want “Political Leaders” you’re living in the wrong country; the closest provision we have for a “Political Leader” in the Constitution is the guy we hire to mind the Army & Navy and shake hands with foreigners for us. This is the country where we’re supposed to be leading ourselves, not waiting for solutions to be handed down from on high. Your representatives are supposed to be representing you, hence the name. They are not the legislative equivalent of grenades, where you pull the electoral pin, lob them towards Washington, and hope they go off the way you expected.

During those days when I was expected to be able to know how to hurl those little pineapples, I learned: “Once you pull the pin, Mr Grenade is no longer your friend.” As evidence of this, each and every day the Federal Register accumulates more and more shrapnel.

Of course, there are those who don’t wish to lead themselves, and will wait for solutions to be handed down. A small percentage of them become clever, thereby becoming the most dangerous of creatures.

“Watch the parking meters,” adds Mr. Zimmerman.

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