The Virginia Constitution was written by men from all walks of life that wanted us to not live under the rule of an unjust government. Have you ever read the Constitution of the United States? How about the Constitution of Virginia?
Article 1 Section 4. No exclusive emoluments or privileges; offices not to be hereditary. This is important. There are no privileges granted to public servants elected or otherwise and unlike Great Britain the titles do not pass to the heirs of the office holder.
The government employees, elected, appointed, and hired work for us and are not entitled to special privilege. No special cars and using government vehicles for personal business; having to obey the laws the same as you and me in our daily life. We have to work hard for what we have why should these few civil servants be allowed to abuse their authority and take something that is not theirs? As I have stated and will continue to state most of these civil servants are honest and I do not have any problem with them it is the few that think they are above the law and do not have to follow the same rules as the rest of us.
It is time we hold our public servants to the standards and rules we all have to follow, no special treatment. This does not mean we should not be polite to them. We should be polite to them as we should to each other and they should be polite to us also. If you see them abusing their public obligation it should be documented and reported. As I have stated and know there are some offices that hold grudges; report the offences to this blog site where the offences can be reported publicly so they cannot hide the offence and pretend it do not happen.
To be a citizen of the US and Virginia requires an obligation on your part to hold these public official to high standards. Failing to perform your duties allows them to do as they please. As the saying goes power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. If you are not willing to stand up and be a citizen then you deserve the government you get. You can be a citizen or a serf. The choice is up to you. Our founding fathers worked hard to establish our freedoms we should be willing to do our part to keep them.
Those that are elected that do not follow the rules should be passed over and not reelected to office. Can you think of a better way to show our dissatisfaction with them?
Working to keep our government honest ensures we do not have to pay taxes above and beyond what is necessary for the government to provide our essential services. Given the economy is in the condition it is in, I would like to keep as much of my pay check as possible to support my family. “For the Common Good. “
Alexander James Jay
P.S. I am not a lawyer so I am not giving you a legal definition but what these writings mean to me.
As always, Alexander has a most passionate way of putting things into perspective.
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