by Adam Goodwin | 2013
The American government is currently struggling with the budget crisis. Every time there’s one step forward, there’s ten back. Each time one side (i.e., democrats vs. republicans) thinks they are getting close to resolving the issues, there are ten more issues brought forward by the other side.
This made me think a little bit about the USA and quality-of-life, and the basis of human needs.
With so many citizens in a defined physical area, and only so many resources for the growing population, California still struggles with provide electrical power on a consistent basis to all of its citizens. There are rolling brown and black outs across the state. There are moments where California citizens will be without electrical power.
This got me thinking.
The Other Power
While the politicians in Washington, DC (the USA’s capitol city) fight over power and control of the government and budget, there are American citizens without literal electrical power.
One group is so busy planning and developing strategies to maintain and grow their power and influence so they can stay in power longer and have more far-reaching powers, they have forgotten who number 1 is in the US. They have forgotten why they each wanted to get into government. They have forgotten that families across the nation must regularly dump out the contents of their fridge due to a day-long power outage that spoils food.
Some will say that this is just politics. The battle between individuals with different view-points and priorities. I do not disagree. I think this is very much a requirement for a healthy and sustainable society – people keeping others accountable and provide different points-of-view to critical issues.
However, where I strongly differ with most political enthusias, is that many political insiders and commentators forget why politics even exists and why it is such a powerful machine. It’s sole purpose is to serve individuals. Serve its citizens and the people they represent. This is horrible.
The people least likely to be able to afford a brown/black out, are those most affected by the dysfunction of a political government. If there is a electrical power scarcity, will politicians and electrical power companies push the limited amount of electricity available in the system to the richer families who contribute more to political campaigns, or to those who have little to no voice?
Your Call To Action
Call on your government and your government representatives to return to their core purpose of existence. If they can’t, then step aside and allow a new generation, a new cohort, to take over government.
These are one person’s thoughts and opinions. I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.
Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog