“In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant” – Charles de Gaulle
I’ve been thinking about the role of Government, and those elected, or appointed, as our servants. They are public servants, stewards of US citizen resources and rights, and there to guard and protect the same from threats within and without.
I know that military and law enforcement officers have taken this responsibility to heart. I’ve been fortunate to know a number of career Airmen, and they are at the top of my list when it comes to intelligence, quality, and integrity. Knowing that US Servicemen are there, guarding our homeland here or afar, is a tremendous comfort. And along with them, local Police and Sheriff’s offices lays it all on the line for us daily. Without them, and their untold sacrifices, everything we know and love would have been lost or taken.
But what of the second employee, the elected/appointed Federal, State, or Local official? Are they not servant of All, as are the others?
Yes, it is just not as easy to see and weigh their sacrifice, or the effectiveness of their role when compared to the others.
What of politicians, in general? I’m of the frame of mind that good and bad, worthy and unworthy, coexist at every level of every organization here in this lower realm. The chaos that we call the World is a spiritual battleground, and it’s just messy. There is no other way to view it, I’m afraid.
Perhaps I’ve become jaded by the media, and having lived as long as I already have. It’s hard for me to listen to high-profile career politicians without a sense of cynicism overtaking me. I’ve evidently made some generalizations somewhere along the way that need to be examined.
But what happens when the servant becomes the master? When public servants run rough shod over the Constitution? Since the time of the Venerable Abe Lincoln… Is it not our duty to see them removed from office through the means we are given? Vote, appeal, make your voice heard.
Our Founding Fathers were extremely wise, guided by heavenly wisdom, when they created a form of government whereby separately appointed and elected officials, or bodies, held the terrible powers needed to secure freedom and which can make this great land tremble.
That reminds me of the Sayings of Agur; chapter 30, verses 21-23 from the book of Proverbs;
“Under three things the earth trembles,
under four it cannot bear up:
22 a servant who becomes king,
a godless fool who gets plenty to eat,
23 a contemptible woman who gets married,
and a servant who displaces her mistress.
- On Christians and Civil Disobedience (larryfarlow.com)
- Catholic Church On Her Way To “Hate Group” (mundabor.wordpress.com)