Consent of the Governed
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (emphasis added)Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
In light of the current political climate around the nation, We the People have seen an insurgence in the People exercising their civic duties. We are reminding our elected officials they govern by the consent of the governed. From gatherings on the National Mall, speaking out on the steps of state capitals and petitions to local government, We the People are expressing our opinions louder and louder every day.
We the People need to continually remind our elected officials they work for us. While these officials represent us, we should not allow them to act with impunity. We the People elect our officials to make the best decisions, but we need to be vigilant of their actions and the information, discussions, votes, etc. coming before them.
The good governance required by the above quote takes citizens being diligent and officials acting with transparency. Citizen due diligence is easier with a transparent government. When government is not transparent, citizens must work harder.
How can anyone be more involved? If you do not know who your Councilperson or Commissioner is, find out.
There are several easy ways to be involved and you can do them from your own home. Read the agendas (and agenda packets for Rockport) and call or email your Commissioner or Councilperson if you have questions or concerns. Once you get answers, let your friends know by social media, phone call, email, etc. Write a Letter to the Editor about a topic or concern you have on an issue.
For now, you can watch the Commissioners Court or City Council meetings from home. For the Commissioners Court, go to their YouTube channel. This is where it is broadcasted live and then can also be watched later. For the City Council Meetings, they do theirs on Zoom. The link is on the top of the agenda. Meetings are not available for later viewing. You can go to the City’s website or the County’s website for the meeting minutes. This may take up to four weeks to get posted. Someone could stay well informed using these tasks.
We know everyone has issues which make it difficult to be active and informed about local government issues. Keep going to our website for information. Our Blogs and Newsletter do the research for you. In both publications, we do our best to give you referenced, unbiased information. We give you links so you know where we retrieved the information if you want to fact check us or just look at the information we are using. You can also go to our Facebook page @aransascountyvc. There is good information and our blogs and newsletters get posted there.
We the People need to remind our elected officials they serve by the consent of the governed.