What is quality of life? We all have a broad concept of what it means; however when it comes down to constructing an actual definition “quality of life” (QOL) is different things to different people. In its simplest form we could say that QOL is the wellbeing, or absence thereof, in a society. Nonetheless, the CDC has identified social, mental, and environmental constructs that all contribute, negatively and positively, to the overall QOL of a culture, political region, or civilization.
Wellbeing is the state of being happy, healthy and prosperous, and that is the promise that leaders and potential leaders make to their constituents. “Vote for me, and I promise to vote for your wellbeing.” It is the covenant, or promise, that exists between an elected leader and his/her voters. When God made His covenant with the Israelites, he promised to take care of them and lead them to the Promised Land. In exchange all they had to do was honor and worship Him, and follow the rules that He laid down (see the Ten Commandments, should anyone need a refresher on this).
So it is with our elected officials. We promise to elect them over and over and over and over, and they promise to vote with our best interests in mind – to take care of us. Three people who have promised to vote with Kentucky’s “best interests” at heart have voted to:
- Abandon the most vulnerable women and children in Kentucky by voting against the Violence Against Women Act.
- Repeal the Affordable Health Care Act
- Desert fellow Americans in New Jersey by voting against federal disaster relief
- Continue America’s dependence on fossil fuels and Big Oil by voting against bio-fuel refinery development
- Disallow agricultural reform and increased funding to grow fresh fruits and vegetables
- Prevent jobs coming home
- Thwart small business tax relief
These government initiatives represent critical elements of Quality of Life. Who says that the government should step aside and let people take care of themselves, regardless of how vulnerable and helpless they are? We have all been helpless although we don’t remember it. When we were infants, most of us were not told to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and take care of ourselves. Those of us who were blessed enough to have parents or guardians to care for us were nurtured and guided until we were able to fend for ourselves. Hopefully we were prepared to nurture and guide the successive generation.
How exactly is that different than the government providing assistance to at risk children, people whose homes have been destroyed, families, seniors and veterans who need federal nutrition assistance through SNAP, and giving tax breaks and other economic development opportunities until they too can stand on their own? Shouldn’t our goal be to prepare all Americans to nurture and guide successive generations toward prosperity, wellbeing, and the best QOL possible?
Take a look at the above list of seven government bills and funding initiatives, and tell me that each of these don’t support QOL. You can’t. Nobody can. Because they do. Democrats are about QOL – we want those vulnerable populations to be supported until they can stand alone. We want a strong, healthy nation which can be achieved by assuring everyone has access to basic healthcare. We want a secure nation with a foundation of economic strength and national security. All of these are QOL issues, and all of them are supported by legislators other than the three Kentucky representatives on the Hill.
Those legislators have already broken their covenant with us, their constituents. Let’s make a new covenant with candidates who truly will act in Kentucky’s best interest.