It seems so simple in theory.
Public servants should serve the public.
All of the public.
One hundred percent of us, wherever we are.
Whether they are mayors, bureaucrats, politicians, police, sheriffs, deputies, attorneys, judges, fire fighters, animal control, refuse collectors, water plant operators, council members, tax and bill collectors, employment agents, post office workers, unemployment agents, administrative assistants, public aid, teachers, principals, custodians, child care specialists, parole officers, correctional officers, wardens, it does not matter.
They are paid by public taxation—and I’m fine with that, honestly—but they tend to work for the people who make the most noise or have the most money.
The people who make the most noise are usually the people who can hire the best attorneys and who are connected to other “public servants” who also exercise their power inappropriately.
In short, powerful people with money get the most attention.
If a politician is elected by voters who follow one party or another, the politician should get busy figuring out what their entire constituency needs done.
They should do everything they can to get those things done.
They should even get their friends with more power and money than them to help get those things done.
Sometimes this happens.
Most of the time it does not.
Instead, we—the public that are “served”—get to hear a bunch of self-serving fabrications about why this or that is not possible because this one or that one is standing in the way.
This results in an answering round of accusations and lies.
As Kurt Vonnegut said quite a few times in Slaughterhouse Five “And so it goes.”
But it shouldn’t go because it has and it will.
It should go the way we need it to because we have lots of problems and we need people with political, administrative, problem-solving, consensus-building, resolution-achieving skills to get them done.
For all of us.
And I vehemently disagree that the way it is is the way it must be.
It should be better because we all need it to be better.
And those public servants, to whom we pay various sums of money, should be really busy snapping to it and getting those things done.
Instead of treating us as if we are interrupting their very important lives with our mundane problems.
Our problems are their problems.
That’s why we pay them.
There’s only one problem and we all have to solve it together.
We may not agree in how but we all agree that we are owed solutions by the people we pay.
Let’s get it done.
With our servants. Whom we pay. To serve.
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