Power is like a greased pig: hard to grab hold of—and often even more difficult to hold on to.
Power is fungible, not immutable. It can be replaced or redirected—and often, if not always, is.
Fact is history is littered with once all-powerful rulers who either didn’t understand power’s fungibility or were so blinded by their own limitless authority that they became incapable of reading the tea leaves that would lead to their demise.
It is up to those in power—those we elect—to enact just and equitable laws, enforce those laws and live within those laws, themselves. And it is up to us, the people, to hold them accountable if they do not.
Make no mistake, power is a necessary evil. It is the bedrock upon which societies—good or bad —exist. Without “powerful people” making decisions we’d all live in absolute chaos. Some might look at our country today and say we already do.
Yet, it is we Americans who bestow power to our elected representatives via the ballot box—and so we can take it away.
“When people unite to demand democracy and the rule of law, even repressive regimes can be stopped in their tracks,” writes Rosa Brooks, co-founder of the Transition Integrity Project.
In short, you own your power. Use your power to make your voice heard through actions and deeds.
At the very least VOTE! It’s not only your civic right; it’s your civic duty.
It’s your power.