Game changers versus game players

The upcoming elections cause me to reflect on the condition of Washington and how we, the citizens of America, have allowed our entrusted political leaders to turn our government into a private club of corruption through one simple act – reelecting incumbents time after time. Have we not fulfilled Albert Einstein’s famous definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?

There are two categories of public servant: game changers and game players.

The game changer realizes the time sensitive nature of the situation they were sent to address. They are task driven, prefer “bull in the china shop” tactics, aggressively define the problem and find no solace until it is corrected. They believe compromise of their core values would prove only that they had no core beliefs in the first place. The thought of being associated with the Washington elite makes their skin crawl.

The game player is personally interested in relationships, the size of their office space, what committees they might sit at, private functions they would be invited to, financial opportunities one might encounter as an insider, and continued positions of power, privilege, and influence through continuing reelections.

They use statesmanship and decorum to waste time knowing all the while that their membership will exclude them and their families from the heinous regulations, policies, and legislation relegated for the great unwashed private citizen.

If you vote for an unchallenged incumbent, then you are promoting the never ending game playing in Washington. If you do not vote at all then you have removed yourself from the conversation completely. We hold in our hand the power of term limits every time we vote. Become a game changer yourself and send our tenured game players back home to endure their dreadful legacy with the rest of us. W.J. Butcher


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