Do Elected Officials have a Responsibility to Represent All of their Constituents?

Are representatives doing their job when they actively express hatred for half of their constituents?

May 20, 2019


Are representatives doing their job when they actively express hatred for half of their constituents?
 
Let me correct that. They will only express hatred and contempt for 49% of their constituents. Why? Because all they need to win is 51%.
 
Sadly, gone are the days when an elected official believed it was their responsibility to at least listen and consider viewpoints and concerns from all - even those from the opposing party. 
 
In fact, even gone are the days when they merely pretended to. And while both parties have been guilty of this, over the past decade (and especially the past two years) those on the Democrat side have made it clear that they only represent their Democrat base, and actively despise and disparage all those of their constituents who they see as “the enemy."
 
You could make the case that while it has been drifting this way for a long time. The Dems came completely out of the closet in the 2016 election with Hillary’s infamous “big basket of deplorable’s” comment. The mask was finally off, and in truth, most Democrat pols were just as happy that it was because now they felt empowered to safely express their contempt for all those who dared to think for themselves and refused to follow their increasingly Socialist and repressive party line.
 
You see, the way the Democrats look at party loyalty is the same way that all totalitarians do, from Nazis to Stalinists. If you are not a blind, fanatical follower you have no standing or rights, and you must be eliminated.
 
That is how the Democrat party of today views non-Democrats. They don’t merely want to defeat them at the ballot box; they want to eliminate them.
 
They follow the same line of thinking that lead to gulags and 're-education camps’. History shows us that as soon as the radical and hate-filled gain control all of the rights they insisted on for themselves, they are all too eager to take them away from all of those they feel oppose them.
 
The fact is that the group that they really feel they need to destroy are not merely conservatives or Republicans. They are those Americans who make up that group - the middle class.
 
Why have they lost so much middle-class support over the past decade? Why have middle income working people turned away from the Democrat's welfare state and their Socialism? 
 
Because they are not stupid. They know the Dems have a target on their backs. They know the Democrats cannot afford to let their votes count. The middle class is too savvy to fall for their hate-filled hyperbole.

That’s why the Dems have decided that they must negate the middle class vote by importing millions of impoverished illegals who will be captives of the welfare state. This will dilute the votes of working-class Americans who are leaving their party in droves. In fact, the Dems are not squeamish about where they draw their votes from: be it brainwashed children or convicts still in jail. In the party that has historically recruited the votes of the dead, that is small potatoes. After all, they coined the phrase, “vote early and often."
 
So what does that mean for those of us who are not on board their blindly partisan intolerant train?
Well, take a close look at any Democrat politician and ask yourself the question - do they have any respect for my beliefs or do they consider me an enemy who must be marginalized and silenced? That’s how it begins with radical, rigid, angry and violent political movements. It only gets worse from there.
 
So what can you do if you live in a state or area, as I do, that is represented completely by politicians who will not only never represent your concerns but actually proclaim their contempt for them and you as well?
Should you move to somewhere else where your views will be fairly represented or at least be listened to?
Sadly, that is a losing proposition. 
 
In my case, as with other times and places infected by radical intolerance, I watched as Democrats took over my state and raised taxes to the point where many people fled north to a border state that I had targeted for retirement.
 
But within a decade, those same Democrat refugees from my state who had voted for high taxes here, had done the same thing in the state they fled to, turning that state from Republican to Democrat and from low taxes to high taxes.
 
I never said these were smart people. 
 
So what can you do when faced with a party that is increasingly based on stealing your freedom and insisting on blind destructive conformity?
 
The ideal solution would be to change the form of representation so that both sides get someone to represent their viewpoints rather than our current system where 51% get everything and 49% get excoriation.
 
That would certainly be a desirable and much fairer solution. Unfortunately, it is of course as ‘idealistic’ as it is ideal, and not likely to happen.
 
That leaves only one solution. We must defeat the new intolerant totalitarians at the ballot box. We must  literally fight for "liberty and justice for all."

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Ric Wasley is a writer and lecturer, as well as the author of the popular McCarthy Mystery Series. Ric has had a 40 year professional career history in advertising, publishing and marketing in Boston, New York and San Francisco. He has degrees in history and psychology and has been trained in debating, public speaking and stage acting. A large part of his 40 year career was spent in numerous professional and business settings as a presenter and featured speaker at seminars and professional meetings. Ric has been a visiting professor at Worcester Polytech Institute. He also teaches a popular course on marketing for authors at prominent venues such as the venerable “Cape Cod Writers Conference.”

Wasley has been involved in both print and broadcast media as well as writing for business and commercial markets for over 30 years and continues to consult for a major media company. In addition to his novels and short stories, he has been published in several literary magazines. Wasley currently divides his time between Boston and his home on Cape Cod where he continues to write, lecture and create worlds where the unexpected thrives.