From an outsiders perspetive, I have to imagine that Washington D.C. is held in low light. When you hear the phrase “DeeCee” or “Washington” you see aging ideas sitting in row formation in a grand building near the east side of the National Mall. White walls and pilars match their white heads…and you can’t help but wish the place our country makes it’s most important decisions exercised more efficacy.
From where I sleep, eat, work and play; none of this is affects my casual day.
These senators, congressman don’t represent me. Maybe a few of them do. Or maybe if you were able to take select pieces of their ideologies, a mutually inclusive mash-up of congressmen A, B and C would come close.
The point: I am a D.C. resident and a free thinker without a true representation in our government. I am so close to where the representation happens, but at the same time so unfathomably far away.
True Washington leadership has become routine and business as usual. “Running through the motions” as they say. Yet, this kind of leadership has zero to do with getting into a routine. Unconventional methods to governance is something I long for ( and I have a feeling I’m not the only one). I know not what that kind of governance manifests itself as. But I do know a common theme these days is the word “change”.
Yet it when the idea of “change” is uttered, it doesn’t feel like its about changing the way we go about governing. It is more along the lines of changing the way we work within the limits of our governing routine.
I’m thinking drastic change. I’m thinking disruptive change. I’m thinking lets review the constitution and fix it up to align it with all of the social, cultural and technological changes that have happened since its inception. How long will we adhere to a document written long ago? In 300 years, will we be using a 500 year old manifesto as it is today? If we do, it would not surprise me if the constitution is renamed to “The Newest Testament”.
I live in Washington D.C. , but I am not part of the US Governent. I am not a Democrat or Republican or Independent or Tea Partier. I am labelless. I am not alone. I am not disenchanted. I am discouraged. I am not worried. I am biased. I am uninformed. I am lied to. I am not taken seriously. I did not choose where I am, I chose everything else.