I posted this earlier on Twitter in response to the video of Secretary DeVos being blocked from entering an elementary school this morning.
The 😱 reactions to the DeVos video show an unfamiliarity with local politics; I've been at school board meetings more heated.
This is something I've been thinking about since Pence went to "Hamilton." A LOT of people in this admin haven't been public officials (starting, obviously, at the top) Not only haven't they (largely) been governors, senators, what have you; they haven't been on zoning board, or school board or selectboard, haven't been an assessor or a clerk.
It's a big wake up call: you work for the public. All of the public.
Not all of the public likes your ideas.
Not all of the public likes you.
We put directly in the First Amendment their right to tell you so.
"the right of the people...to petition the Government for a redress of grievances...shall not be abridged."
It can be pretty shocking to realize that you're now that Government being petitioned. Might be a little easier not on a national stage.
In any case, Ms. DeVos, President Trump, et all: You work for us now.
We're the people. We're petitioning for redress. It is our right.
Because boy, do we have grievances.