What Does It Mean To Be A Public Servant?

July 17, 2013 at 7:47 am 7 comments


By Jason Bradley

We hear the term “servant” being thrown around a lot in the public sphere. Our elected officials are called “public servants” and the motto of all police departments seem to be “to protect and serve”. Are we seeing the great servants of our time in government… or are we taking for granted a word that should have a lot more meaning than it seems to?

A servant is someone that is in the service of another. Meaning he or she does the bidding of the person (or people) they are in service of. They look to do right by and make happy the person or people that employed them. For those of us not in government, it means that we help our elderly neighbors with clean-up after a storm or snow removal, being a volunteer coach, or working at a soup kitchen. It implies that we are putting ourselves, voluntarily, into a role that fills a need for somebody else, or that we are putting ourselves lower than someone else to raise someone else up.

What do we see for service in government? We are seeing a government that is turning on the people that put them into office. We see a Golden Valley City Council that listened to its people to vote against light rail going through Theodore Wirth Park, only to turn tail and court Hennepin County, the Met Council, and all of the money they were waiving around. In other words, these “servants” have a price at which they are willing to switch masters. They went from opposing light rail to giving Hennepin County the green light to come and tear up their largest park with trains running through the middle of it, a park and ride at Golden Valley Rd., and a “grand stairway” over Basset Creek. It will result in a new Master Plan for the park, according to Jennifer Ringold, the Park Board’s manager of public engagement and city-wide planning. If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, that sentence should have enough buzz words to make you feel uneasy. You know that means drastic changes.

How about City Council Member Steve Schmidgall (again from Golden Valley), that because he feels uncomfortable not saying the pledge in city council meetings, he wants to infringe on everyone else’s First Amendment rights to make himself feel better? I’m sorry, but the First Amendment guarantees other’s right to say the pledge, and your’s to not say it, but nowhere does it give you the right to not feel uncomfortable.  You don’t like the words “under God”? Well, if you read the First Amendment, it states that you cannot establish a religion OR prevent it’s free exercise. If you are making the case that saying “under God” in the pledge is establishing a religion than please tell me which one you’re setting up as the official religion of Golden Valley, and when we all congregate, and what the precepts of that religion are. Again, instead of serving others, you spent the tax payer’s money to divert an entire work session to talk about something that only bothered you. That’s only self-serving. Join the big boy club, and stand there and exercise your right to not say it without stepping on others’ civil rights.

Is this phenomenon limited to Golden Valley? NO WAY. Hennepin County has been so bent on receiving Federal money, that it has left a Godzilla-size path of flattened homes and displaced people in its wake, only for the want of a train that people got along just fine without, prior to the Federal pushers coming around and feeding their habit. How about Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat stating, and I quote, “that freedom (to make dumb decisions) stops at our property line”. Oh, how servant-like! Someone close to Commissioner Opat might want to remind him that is OUR property and you work on it at our leisure. Of course, we’ve turned elected officials into all but feudal lords, who believe they have a right to rule for as long as they wish. We have complete power to hire and fire, and have chosen to abdicate that authority in return for evenings at home with “The Voice” or whatever else we do to get ourselves some distance from the circus act that is modern politics… and the politicians know it. They can continue to do as they wish, because the only thing that matters at the end of the day is that “D” beats “R”, or vice-versa. It’s getting to the point that we’ve forgotten what real freedom is, and our children will never know it. How then will we ever get it back?

You see, it’s Cities like Crystal with their road restriping, putting a medical clinic in a residential community against their wishes, overcharging for street reconstruction, and not allowing the public a voice on tax issues; New Hope limiting your ability to travel by closing down every major road at once, and selling out the City Center area to the Met Council and Transit Oriented Development; Robbinsdale giving special deals to Travail while selling out Robbinsdale Farm and Garden, and pushing for street cars to run to Minneapolis; police taking blood samples without a warrant, forced DWI checkpoints, and arresting individuals for taking video of police action; Minnesota raising taxes on low income people, and forcing an unwanted union upon small scale entrepreneurs; the Federal Government forcing an individual to have health insurance, forcing your private data into enormous government data collection centers, forcing national education standards, using the force of the IRS and EPA to intimidate groups of a certain persuasion, force, force, and more force. That is the problem.  Government solves problems by force. We don’t accept violence from thieves, murderers, and bullies, but we sure do from our government. Why?

You see, it’s all a case of public “servants” not serving at all, but acting as if they are above the plebeians, casting down orders from on high, while scratching the backs of all of their buddies in government and business.  Don’t get me wrong, individuals that infringe on another person’s health, property, or life deserve to be held accountable by the law, but so must government.

Where are the good people that don’t want to take bribes, punish people with over-bearing taxes, or give special deals to select corporations, and actually love freedom? The time is now to stand up and be counted! We need no more “servants” that feel the need to protect us from ourselves by drowning us in a sea of regulation on anything where man finds room to exercise a little bit of freedom. We need watchmen (and women) that will protect our freedom from the likes of Hennepin County, The Met Council, The Federal Government, China, Jupiter, or any other entity that wants to force their employers (The People) into anything that doesn’t look like maximum freedom for all. If this is you, stand up, get appointed to a commission (apply at your City Hall or the County HQ), and/or run for local office. We must build up our strongholds first, closest to home. We must serve each other!

(Ed. note: I have written a Part two to this article that can be found here, if you are interested!)

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  • 1. communitysolutionsmn  |  August 15, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Reblogged this on Community Solutions MN and commented:

    I just re-read this post I wrote a while back that I think is very important and timely. This is the conversation we need to be having running up to November. Share it with your friends!

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  • 2. wants2know  |  August 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Today, I am beginning to see the strong foundations of our Republic become more apparent in the local politics that can have such tremendous impact on our daily lives. The beauty of the system that our Founders designed is that it is based on the principle of individual participation in the system by citizens living in communities. We have regular opportunities to change the people who represent us in a civil respectful process.

    This process is at work in Crystal. We are seeing a changing of the guard. Citizens of Crystal are no longer willing to bear the burden of paying to have their lives disrupted by governance that seems to have forgotten the basic principles of budgeting.

    I am sure members of our recent past and current Councils are sincere in their desire to serve the residents of Crystal. Unfortunately, they seem to have forgotten that it is necessary to budget according to money on hand and not on how much to borrow to pay for desired projects. The argument used is that interest rates are so low that we must take advantage of it. This totally ignores the fact that any interest is money we should not need to spend if we budget frugally and consistently spend a little less than we take in.

    Keeping large sums of money in special funds that are subject to the same low interest rates when receiving dividends is fruitless. The point in setting up special fund accounts is to have interest free money for necessary projects. Money that has been put aside over time to fund operations and maintenance when these actions are needed.

    There is an old cliche I learned from my Grandparents, “Use it up, wear it out, repair and reuse it…”. In the current language “recycle and re-purpose rather than replace it”.

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  • 3. karen  |  August 24, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Andrew.. people don’t like it in politics when you tell them or show them the truth. You should know that by now! But, am I gone…no way. I will continue what all of us started. WE demand honest fair government and for them to quit wasting our taxpayer money!

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  • 4. communitysolutionsmn  |  August 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Amen to that Karen….

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  • 5. makingthemhonest  |  October 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Excellent article, our community Moreno Valley,
    CA and voters are standing up to a dirty city council; however we are up against a business develop, Iddo Benzeevi, CEO of Highland Fairview that has again opened up to 9 super PAC’s supporting 2 candidates (one is being Recalled) and the other was legally removed in August for an illegal appointment made by the one being Recalled and several other city council members. This developer has already spent up to $400,000 to fight the decent people who are demanding honest leadership! Our election will be on 11/4/2014 and we hope to stop him from overtaking our community and elections with his money!

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    • 6. communitysolutionsmn  |  October 23, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Good luck! Let us know how it goes. It reminds me of Ramsey, MN, where a billionaire land developer started a PAC, bought an election, and now gets sweetheart deals on his properties. People need to know this stuff!

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  • 7. brian e snead  |  July 27, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Jason Bradley….I read your post and love it when someone tells the TRUTH..do not worry God has already made his Decree and I give you my word that this Nation has been oppressed and corrupted by those very ” servants” who believe they can rule over us…I am the Lord’s Servant and have been appointed to free the people…Thank you for standing up for what is just and true…

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