Paul’s Revolution – Day 10
It was a David and Goliath moment. That is how I feel when it comes to my relationship with the government. Who am I to say anything or do anything that will really matter? They are so big and unmovable. All I will do is irritate them and they will come after me and bite my head off. That’s why most of us don’t stand up for right when the government intrudes in our lives unfairly or unjustly. We don’t want to end up on their bad list.
For evil to triumph all it takes is for good people to do nothing. We have a right and responsibility speak up and speak out. We don’t have to be rude, disrespectful, or mean, but we need to be passionate, reasonable and persistent. So where does it start? That’s a good question and I am glad you asked.
I have never been one to be involved with local politics but that is where we can have the greatest impact. Local governments are more responsive to their constituents because they live in the same communities. Some of the highest taxes are our property taxes. We have to hold our local government responsible to keeping the budget in check and our taxes to a minimum. Of course that will depend on what the community believes is a need, a necessity, or a right in relation to community services. The more we require of the government the more our taxes will go up. We can’t have it both ways—low taxes and an abundance of government services.
The larger the community the more people disengage as participants in their local politics and then when taxes are out of hand or the government’s intrusion is unbearable we scratch our heads and wonder what happened. What would it take for us to be more active in our community politics? Start by being informed. We have a right to know what our city spends money on and why they collect the fees and taxes they do. Be informed and then help inform other people. We each have to be responsible for our own finances, and we have a right to hold our politicians to being responsible with the money we have entrusted them with. It’s not their money to do with whatever they want. It is our money given in trust for the common good. Don’t stick your head in the sand – be informed. Now, where is that pit-bull? I think it needs a leash.