- Posted October 2, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Define the terms "general will" and "majority rule".
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
I am currently teaching students the meaning of "general will" and "majority rule", yet I find it difficult to find examples of our own democracy behaving according to these principles. Some people say, "if you don't vote, you don't have a right to complain." That is false. Our representatives in government need a refresher course. Your election is not a hall pass. It is not permission to govern as you see fit. It is not even permission to govern as those who voted for you see fit. Unfortunately, you must govern as we all see fit. You should be checking with your constituents in a regular and reliable way. The voice of a few (those with deep pockets, or those whose voice is loudest or nearest) can not be used to justify the pursuit of party agendas or private interests.