What’s going on in the nation’s capital right now is not normal.
That’s not meant to be a partisan statement. Regardless of where you stand on the House impeachment inquiry, we think we can all agree that at least for the moment, things in the District of Columbia are tense, downright uncomfortable, stranger than fiction and, most certainly, historic.
It also likely means current events are off the table for discussion among polite company. Try to keep that in mind during holiday gatherings.
Folks in Washington may be squabbling over the actions of individuals. But let’s take a second to look at the heart of the matter here. It’s not President Trump, it’s corruption.
It’s reasonable to suggest corruption exists in government in one form or another from the county courthouse to the Statehouse in Topeka and all the way to Capitol Hill. This holds up in political rhetoric, too, and people regardless of party affiliation seem to acknowledge it. On the campaign trail, President Trump called to “drain the swamp.” The House Democrats opened this infamous inquiry on the belief that corruption has reached the White House.
Through this rhetoric, there exists an American sentiment that people who put personal and professional interests over the needs of the country don’t belong in government. Especially, not at its highest levels. Corruption may not be the sole reason politicians have a negative stereotype, but there’s certainly a correlation, if not causation.
And if that’s the case, then this inquiry is good for the country and the cream will rise to the top regardless of the outcome.
Keeping all of this in mind, we think it’s important to remind our elected officials that they should heed this sentiment and always put the needs of the country above personal gain. Please put the country ahead of the party, country over self and country over any individual.
President Lincoln said in his Gettysburg Address that government is “of the people, by the people, for the people.” Elected officials would be wise to ponder his words when making decisions.
In Washington, Kansans are counting on Reps. Marshall, Watkins, Davids and Estes and Sens. Roberts and Moran to put the needs of the Sunflower State ahead of their own political gain.
Come January, people across Kansas will count on our state Legislature to work with Gov. Kelly to put the needs of the Wheat State ahead of their own.
Day in and day out we expect our elected officials to work for the greater good. If not, hopefully, the electorate can and should find someone who will.