Wealthy, while the poor weep
MORE and more, it appears, the concept of government is slipping away from our shared understanding and collective expectations. Deprecatingly, government means the people outside it must not hope for anything from those in it.
The poisoned sense is that those inside government owe nothing to those outside it. Accountability is a cheeky thing to demand.
The oaths of office taken seem not to be binding to the conscience of this type. The preponderance of this type go by the gospel that conscience carries no weight in government. Albeit some still try to negate this type, it appears to be a losing battle. If you can’t beat them, join them, is the rule.
The incorrigible do not bother that to be in the government incurs greater responsibility implying intuitive capability to prevent unpleasant consequences, rescue the vulnerable, throw the rule book at transgressors and imprison the irredeemable for being a menace to society.
For the irredeemable, being in the government means to be happy, wealthy and live in extravagance at the cost of the people governed. In return, the governed remain unhappy, poor and wallow in distress.
For those in the government it is like heaven on earth, enjoying proximity to power – clinging for dear life and even haring, maiming and killing for it.
The notion of government must be revisited, reinvented and renewed.