Commentary | It has been reported that congressman Jim Moran believes himself to be a Board of Directors member of the United States of America and therefore all congressional members are entitled to a raise, according to a Huffington Post article by Mollie Reilly.
This claim should pose the serious question to all of us that pay taxes and vote. Carrying this line of thinking to its obvious conclusion says that we are the stockholders. In the same article the Honorable Jim Moran claims to be a public servant. I honestly believe he and his comrades need to re-educate themselves on the full meaning of ‘Public Service’. According to the Sagamore Institute’s expanded definition, public service is much more than just a post in a public office.
In the corporate world, if a board of directors’ member sells his/her vote, it is usually considered criminal and punishable by removal from office or imprisonment. How is it, then, that our ‘public servants’ routinely and unashamedly take unprecedented ‘political donations’ from individuals and special interest groups? Are they trying to convince us or themselves that they owe nothing to these groups and individuals? I don’t believe our citizens are naïve.
Most people appear to have a hard time separating their desires to work for their personal benefit and their duties and responsibilities as public servants. Individualism is what led the founding fathers to begin the process of forming this nation. In that context individualism is absolutely necessary. But mixed into every founding document is the glue that helps to bind our nation together – language to form and maintain checks and balances for the ‘common good’.
Individualism on a personal level is not the enemy. However, when individual interests become the primary focus of any public servant, then we are building toward an eventual catastrophic awakening. Abandonment of the overall good for the almighty dollar may eventually crush our nation.
In order to maintain integrity and stay focused on ‘common good’ laws enacted by Congress, carried out by the President and upheld by the Supreme Court, we must all demand our public servants’ undivided attention to our Constitution. When the founding principles behind the constitution are offered up to ‘politics’ minded individuals, then the road to anarchy is being paved by the sweat and blood of the ‘stockholders’. We as stockholders must begin to hold our Board Members to the highest standards.