My newspaper recently reported that this is a year of religious “firsts” for Congress: The American people have elected the first Muslim, the first Buddhists, and the first atheist.
The Secular Coalition for America held a contest to identify the highest elected “non-theist” in the land. This week it announced the winner: Rep. Pete Stark, a Democrat from California.
Stark, 75, issued a brief statement confirming “I am a Unitarian who does not believe in a supreme being.”
When I was a junior in high school, I was selected to represent my school during a week in Washington, as a guest of my congressman. With several juniors from other area high schools, we toured the D.C. area and met several representatives.
I remember asking several elected officials if they felt their job was to represent their constituents OR to vote their minds. Without exception, they said their job was to vote as they saw fit.
Which made me realize–and reminds me today–of the importance of electing officials who REPRESENT us. Once in office, too many officials assume (perhaps correctly) that the American public is not as well educated on the issues, so they vote according to their conscience–or will.
Our country is a representative democracy–meaning the people govern only as they are represented in government. So if your representative is not truly representing you, find someone who does. And support him/her.
Stepping off my soapbox now,
P.S. I wrote something today that just delighted me. I don’t know if anyone else will think it’s funny, but I think it’s hysterical. (Maybe you had to be here.)
Here’s the bit (from the book about the woman who inherited the funeral home):
When Gerald comes through the back door to the prep room, it’s not formaldehyde I smell, but fried chicken. He may have a body in the call car, but he has dinner in his arms.
I could kiss him.
LOL! I may be strange, but I love it!