Why don’t we have enough money for education? Why are there homeless veterans? Why do we spend money on other things that don’t seem important? The answer is simple and we won’t like it.
Our money goes where our priorities lie. It is really that simple.
But those are not my priorities!
When we elected men and women to represent us and their main objective was to remain in power, they supplanted our priorities with their own. By our apathy and ambivalence in this business of self-government, we have surrendered our priorities. If education or health care or taking care of veterans is important to you; elect someone who will serve as a statesman not a politician. This business of living in a democratically elected republic takes work on our part. It is still a blessing, but it takes ongoing participation by the electorate.
We need to participate in this ongoing process or we will abdicate the premise that power derives from the people.