Should a elected Government serve those who elect them?

If we elect those who are to represent us once they get a position in Congress, should they do all they can, to represent us, those who elected them, as best they can?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Elected representatives responsibilities have been in question since the founding of America. The question is as old as the USA itself. When we elect someone does that mean he is to do our bidding or do we elect someone to do what he thinks is best?

    The reality is somewhere between the two. No matter the issue, there will always be constituents that take an opposite position so it is not possible to represent everyone's view. On some issues, the constituents are dead wrong and do not have access to important information that their representative does have (secret documents, briefings etc.) Some constituent demands conflict with what is best for them.

    Basically, a representative needs to use his best judgment, tempered by the input of his constituents and pressures of his party. However, if a candidate takes specific positions on specific issues during a campaign, it is perfectly reasonable to expect that on those issues and closely related issues, he will hold himself to the positions that got him elected.

    In summary, we elect representatives to represent all of the people in his district. That includes those who did not support him. The only way to accomplish this goal is to do what he thinks is right. Our job as constituents is to let him know what we believe that to be. He will get his job review at the next election.

    If your representative consistently takes positions you disagree with but still gets re-elected, then it is most likely the case that you are not of the majority opinion among your fellow constituents. You need to change your opinion or change enough other constituents' opinions to achieve your goals.

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  • 4 years ago

    It is of course a massive over-simplification. "All people elect bad candidates". What I mean is that, if all of the candidates you can choose from are bad, then even the most perfect voting population is going to get a bad government. This is very visible in countries that have two main parties, with others being "lesser" parties. It's almost as bad with three. The individual cannot vote for their true wishes if the option on offer are categorised like a switch... "liberal/left or conservative/right"... The option of somewhere in between as well would be a start, if not the option of things that don't over-simplify the actions of a party into just one dimension. The UK, for example, has a severe problem at the moment that it has three main parties, and they are ALL terrible. At the next election, the voting public, no matter how good they are, will find it near to impossible to make a choice that reflects what they actually want from their parliamentarians.

  • Lisa
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    1 decade ago

    Ideally they should not serve any other purpose. It is a rude fact of life that many go in for the wrong reasons, personal prestige and power etc.

    We the public are courted while there is an election in the near future, but usually once the elections are over, we matter less than yesterday's newspaper.

    Cheers

    Lisa

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Of course they should. That is the basis of democracy: By the people, For the people! However, the lure of corporate America soon corrupts even the most well-intentioned politician, They have lobbyist hounding them constantly, offering campaign contributions in return for favors and those favors are in the companies best interest, not the public's.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Not only those who elect them but those who live in that area

    apart from looking after National Interests.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They should, but they don't. I live in UK and the politicians make all the promises you want to hear..but once elected they do what they want...all liars.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, that is why they get elected and why they get paid.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes. And I think it's high time someone tells them that.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yes. but you'd be hard-pressed to find one that does so. they're all loyal to the party, not to the people.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes of-course......Do they

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