What ever happened to “public servants”?

Posted on Friday 5 March 2010

Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Delaware) was called “the public servants’ defender” this week in an article on thehill.com (http://thehill.com/capital-living/84585-the-public-servants-defender). I found it when I simply Googled the term “public servant” this morning, because I had been thinking about the fact that this is a term that we rarely hear anymore in reference to our elected officials. I also discovered in this morning’s quest that a public servant is defined as “a person who holds a government position by election or appointment”.

In Kaufman’s case he is referring to a public servant as a “federal employee” and seems to have excluded himself from this term, as it appears many of our elected officials have, thus the reason the term has fallen out of fashion. For example, on the hill today in Washington we have a president and his political party’s elected trying to cram a health care reform bill down the public’s throat while that public is screaming, “Stop it! Don’t do this, please!!”

So when did our elected officials quit serving the public, therefore no longer being referred to or referring to themselves as “public servants”? I think the answer is when they stopped listening to their constituents and began pushing their own personal agendas. I guess they think the public is just too stupid to know what’s good for us, so these no-longer-public-servants will just go ahead and jam it into our mouths all the while shouting above our screams “By God, you’re going to take this medicine whether it’s good for you or not!”

“If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for the selfish or local purposes.”
Noah Webster, History of the United States:1832

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