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Epigram for May 2014
Representative democracy deserves the predicate “democratic” only if and when parliamentarians genuinely represent their constituents. An elected Congressman(woman) or Senator administers a sacred trust and must proactively inform the electorate of relevant developments that impact on decision-making. He/she must be committed to inquire into what the voters need and want. In other words, a representative is accountable to the citizens, must act transparently and regularly consult, since he/she is not a plenipotentiary, or even a delegate with a blank check. A representative represents, since he/she is a servant — not a master — with a mandate limited in time and scope, which he/she must administer in good faith and not in usurpation of power.