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What a constituent wants…

It is no surprise that not everyone agrees with President Obama.  It is our right as citizens to have our own opinions.  If we did not have those rights, the United States would not be considered a democracy.  Because not everyone can approach the President and voice their opinions on what he is doing right or what he is doing wrong, every citizen (above 18 of course) has the opportunity to vote for a representative who can express their wishes to Washington in the best manner possible.  It is that representative’s choice to pick whether he or she will practice a Delegate Model of Representation or a Trustee Model of Representation.

Source: Examiner

In class, we defined what it means to exercise the Delegate Model of Representation and the Trustee Model of Representation.  We concluded that to be a delegate is to be a legislator who recognizes what the people want and acts solely on those wants while making decisions.  On the other hand, a trustee is a legislator that always knows what the people want, but acts on what he or she thinks is best for the nation.  To fully grasp the meanings of the two, we read works of Senator John F. Kennedy and the Virginia General Assembly and their stands on which style of representation was superior.  These prominent writings allowed the class to understand the different discerning factors between having a legislator as a delegate or trustee.

When we divided into groups and decided which representation had the most compelling style, every group chose the Delegate Model.  Apparently, our class is not the only crowd to think that this is the best way.  Republican leaders seem to be taking on the role of a delegate when it comes to facing the current issues in the United States between President Obama and his opposing party. According to ABC News, the “reason Republicans are continuing to defy President Obama” is because “it’s what their constituents want”.  Republicans are not always advocates of the Obama Administration’s decisions and, consequently so, their “voters are less likely to support compromise”.  So the question is, how well do legislators represent the interests of their constituents?  Very well, obviously.

House Holds Special Hearing On Security Failures In Consulate Attack In Benghazi

Source: The Blaze

Also mentioned in ABC News, Republican legislators, such as Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah feel that it is paramount to “explain Utah to Washington rather than the other way around”.  This is how a legislator should act.  Chaffetz succeeds in embodying the role of a delegate by standing by the desires of his constituents to the fullest extent while in Washington.  The congressman listens to his backbone of supporters’ urges to push harder on the Benghazi attack or for deeper spending cuts.  Chaffetz’s reply to the skeptics’ reaction to his “defiant talk” blames the Democratic Party for “not communicat[ing] well with voters”.  Congressman Chaffetz is a true delegate legislator.

Source: Politico

In my opinion, the Delegate Model of Representation is the most effective because it most accurately conveys the will of the people.  I was very excited when I stumbled upon this article of Congressman Chaffetz because it was the perfect piece to prove my perspective on the styles of representation.  I was quickly able to draw the connection between class and the situation happening between legislators and their constituents.  I never realized that there were legislators out there who actually based his or her decisions solely on what the constituents wanted, not what the leader wanted.  Finding out that some legislators only bring what their people want to Washington confirms that, although defying the President may slow down the process of getting things done quickly, it will eventually form the best outcome for the people because it was made by the people.

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  1. govtoric
    February 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I really liked the progression of the post. It goes from a description of the topic to how it relates to our class and back to the real world, forming a cyclic flow. I had a little trouble understanding the definition of delegate at first; the wording was a little bit weird to me. Other than that, it was great! Especially how you added your opinion and why you liked the topic, it was very enthusiastic.

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