Ooooooo, I just loooooooove conversations like this!!!
Okay, I'll bite...
A few years ago (oh, Lord...was it really
eleven years ago???) when I became a legal voter, I decided it was my job to be an informed voter. I soon found out it's quite the daunting task. I keep running 'profiles' of the elected/running officials in my district and state from the news and from their websites. It is haaaaaaaarrrrrrrrd.
Even more difficult, as you so aptly put it, is to really understand...what is their job?
So I'll take my best shot, as I understand it:
My elected officials, be they congressmen, senators, or county commissioners (these are the people who REALLY affect stuff, btw) are there to essentially govern on a local level. They enact laws, restrictions, guidelines, and oversee the fiscal, environmental, educational, and judicial functioning of their state/district. The congressmen/senators also govern on a national level by voting on laws/taxes/referendums/restrictions that will affect the entire country, and it is the supposed intention that these elected officials will vote as their constituents in their district would have them vote. Meaning, they are supposed to be quite literally representatives of the public that elected them, to be the voice of the collective, to act in the best interest of their districts/states. Notice I often use the word "supposed
", because we all know that it is rare for a politician to actually represent the people that elected them. For example, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain, Jim Jeffords.....just to name a few. But we won't go there......
. They are also supposed to govern/vote in a manner that is in accordance with our constitution and constitutional amendments....which is also something that's rare...but again, we won't go there...
Did I pass the test??
I'm interested to hear your response. This is cool.