(Un)Elected Representatives

Some have taken it upon themselves to apologize for America’s recent election. May I just point out that no one, not even a narrow majority, elected these people to speak on our behalf. Many of them insult the intelligence of the other half of America. Some of them are asking if they can sleep on another country’s couch till the current term is over. Very funny but not very American. We are still a democracy after all. A divided one, but a democracy none the less.

Here’s what we SHOULD be sorry about:
i repent of my pursuit of America’s dream
i repent of living like i deserve anything
my house, my fence, my kids, and my wife
in our suburb where we’re safe and white
i am wrong and of these things i repent
i repent of parading my liberty
i repent of paying for what i get for free
the way i believe that i am living right
by trading sins for others that are easier to hide
i am wrong and of these things i repent

i repent judging by a law that even i can’t keep
wearin’ righteousness like a disguise to see through
the planks in my own eyes

i repent of trading truth for false unity
i repent of confusing peace and idolatry
of caring more of what they think than what i know of what they need
and domesticating You until You look just like me
i am wrong and of these things i repent – I Repent, Derek Webb

On the other hand, no one authorized these folks to represent us either! Just because their side won is not reason to be smug about it. This election shows how deeply divided this country is. Whoever gets in office next is going to have a very tough job pulling it all back together again.

Strike another pose
Power politics
Swallow their conventions
Get your power fix
We love to mud wrestle
We love to be politically Koreshed
Practice that smug
Post it like a man
One part Master Limbaugh
Two parts Madame Streisand
Now pretend you’re in a band
My, my, we’re looking smug
Very very very very – Smug, Steve Taylor

Doesn’t ANYONE understand what democracy means any more?

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