Word of the Week #197:

Delegate

I have often met people who believe that our role in the democratic system ends with our vote.

That is not true at all.

If anything, that is where our role begins.

You see, when we vote for a person, we are electing that person to be our representative. Hence, the concept of “representative democracy”.

It is expected that this person will represent the interests of the constituents. However, too often, we see our officials represent nothing but their own interests, and at the most those of the people who voted for them.

At this point, there will be some people who will maintain that such behaviour is the true definition of democracy, and that this is what a representative is supposed to do with the people’s mandate.

That, however, is not true.

A democratic government is a government for all the people, not just a favourable subset.

Any government that forgets this fact is due for a rude, and loud, awakening.