Na­tion’s vot­ing man­date not re­flected

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - John Pe­tralia, Sun­der­land

If you take a map and place a com­pass point on Wash­ing­ton, D.C., then draw a cir­cle around all of Mar yland and most ar­eas in North­ern Vir­ginia, you will re­al­ize this en­cir­cled area, as tal­lied in the 2010 cen­sus, is where fewer than 10 mil­lion cit­i­zens claimed res­i­dency. We all know the area we live in is mainly in­flu­enced by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. In the 2010 cen­sus, there were more than 308 mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing in the U.S., which meant around 97 per­cent of the vot­ing pub­lic did not live in­side the District’s sphere of power.

In many ways, elected pub­lic ser­vants work­ing for us have dis­counted their ob­li­gated vows as man­dated by our votes. Our coun­try has be­come awash with many an­gry vot­ers who are tired of the be­trayal per­pe­trated by leg­is­la­tors who have drawn the wrath of their con­stituents. Folks, you only have to check back to many of the can­di­dates’ own per­sonal po­lit­i­cal plat­forms to re­al­ize that once they ar­rived in Wash­ing­ton, they for­got to honor their own vot­ers whom they promised to serve.

We were per­plexed by either the be­trayal of the Repub­li­cans or the fail­ures of the Democrats. Pub­lic ser­vants should en­sure the laws writ­ten are en­forced in the way they were in­tended. Any­thing less should be viewed as an ab­di­ca­tion of the promised fidelity to the plat­form and laws they vowed to fol­low.

In some cases, the an­gry elec­torate has fought back, and in 2014, Repub­li­can Eric Can­tor, the House ma­jor­ity leader from Vir­ginia, lost the Repub­li­can pri­mary to David Brat, a vir­tual un­known. Most Repub­li­can leg­is­la­tors who came to Congress caved in on their vowed prin­ci­ples — and the Democrats, promis­ing more so­cial change, al­lowed cur­rent laws to be in­ef­fec­tive in a way that has made the lives of many needy cit­i­zens worse.

In the 2016 pri­mary sea­son, the re­sult of this ab­di­ca­tion of du­ties re­sulted in a back­lash where there were two can­di­dates for pres­i­dent who are con­sid­ered out­casts by the es­tab­lish­ment: Sen. Bernie San­ders of Ver­mont and Don­ald Trump. Peo­ple are tired of the same old, un­faith­ful rhetoric es­poused by these so­called in-crowd Democrats and Repub­li­cans who fail to de­liver on many of the out­comes they promised.

Folks, we have to de­mand this sys­tem will again work for all the peo­ple. When vot­ing, please rule out false prom­ises and de­mand re­sults. An individual’s vote should al­ways count and pub­lic ser­vants who do not rep­re­sent the elec­torate as promised should then be kicked out of of­fice. Af­ter all, we are the peo­ple.

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