Why Care So Much?

This is a question people have asked me over and over. Why do I care so much about politics? I mean, I am just an average guy with an average retail manager job here in Mississippi. I don’t have a whole lot of skin in the game, so to speak. I don’t have millions of dollars’ worth of investments to stress over, and I have enough to pay my bills and even get the occasional nice thing sometimes. I could probably go my whole life without meeting any of my representatives, and having nearly none of their decisions affect me on a day-to-day basis.

So why do I care?

It might not be obvious to you, but it is to me: I live in a democracy. In order for that democracy to work, the people need to participate. All of us. It is our job to elect people who will represent us in a way that we think will be best for our country. We should be keeping track of the laws passed on a local, state, and federal level. Not just because it is in our best interest to follow those laws but because it is our obligation to understand how these changes impact our country. The things these politicians decide on often isn’t applicable to them. Therefore, it has to matter to us. We have to vote, we have to pay attention to what is going on. If there is a bill going before Congress that is going to negatively affect you, your representatives should be hearing about it. The same goes if you approve of something. They work for you, you should be making sure that they are doing the things that you want them to.

I also believe that we should have term limits on members of Congress much like we have for our president. They rise through the ranks of Congress and have so much power, they can be like kings. Think about it: they’re the ones who are supposed to decide if we go to war and what to spend our money on. They have specific people nominated to chase down members of their own party to force them to vote in a way that benefits the party, not the people. And don’t even get me started on special interest groups or lobbyists. I don’t think Congress should be able to give themselves pay raises, either. I can’t give myself one and neither can you, so why should they? We elect them. We should decide how much they get paid. I think that would get rid of the people who want the money and the retirement benefits and instead would give us people who really believed in what they were doing.

I think the better question is not why I care so much, the question you should be asking yourself is: why don’t you?