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By: Wayne Brown
The President, like many of the miserably failed politicians who populate our federal government, is out on the road touting his vision for the future in America. He cites all the prosperity which Americans have experienced since World War II and gives credit for those experiences to hard work, determination, and opportunity. He points out that those same values still exists today in America but that the country has failed in terms of allowing them to work. On that basis, the President suggests that America needs a new focus and a new nationalism in order that equality can be established and sustained in our society.
The United States of America is in a very unique position today. The nation has a leader in the form of the President who does not believe in the foundations on which America was created. He refers to the Constitution as an “outdated document” and continually looks for methods to circumvent dealing with the requirements of it. He talks of fundamental transformation leaving far too many Americans with the suggestion that he is talking of something which will be better for them. He never says that but he did say a mouthful when running for the highest office in the land when he referred to America as the “greatest country on earth” and beseeched its citizens to help him change it. Therein lays the focus by which he is guided in his efforts.
Those in Washington would like us to believe that the woes we have today are a result of a staggering economy burdened by the misdeeds of the private sector over the past decade. They have kicked the fiscal responsibility can about as far down the road as it will go yet they want to leave their shortcomings on the backs of American businesses and the taxpayer. Never mind the mismanagement of our tax dollars, never mind the Ponzi Scheme politics of Social Security and Medicare, never mind the endless hidden pork barrel legislation, never mind the money laundering to use taxpayer revenue to buy votes, never mind the six-figure salaries and incomparable benefits of their service, never mind their inability to act in an effective problem-solving manner without first considering the political implications of their actions. No, they want us to ignore all of that and continue blaming the private sector in America for our woes as a public.
Our White House is occupied by a man who openly criticizes the values set forth in the Constitution and calls for change. He fills key positions with cronies and friends who openly admit their agreement with the principles of either socialism or communism. His every effort with regard to jobs in the country leads toward funneling money into large labor union operations. He has appointed czars over most every aspect of public life in this country; czars who answer to only him and not our Congressional representation. He has refused to demand a budget since taking office and freely joined into the effort to spend, spend, and spend while Americans watch the debt pile up. He has redoubled the efforts and the focus of the EPA and unleashed it on the American business sector at a time when businesses are just fighting to hang on. He has turned his back on job opportunities for Americans and taken steps to insure that other jobs were held in suppression. In short, this President has been the single greatest obstacle to financial recovery which this country has faced.
Senator Harry Reid has made a mockery of the U.S. Senate. He has thumbed his nose at legislative rules and imposed his will on the body time and again keeping legislation from ever getting to the floor of the Senate for matters of discussion. He has been a prime culprit in ignoring the budget process and made it clear that the House is simply wasting its time attempting to create one. No one individual has ever done so much to remove the legislative checks and balances from the process of governing America.
The same can be said for Representative Nancy Pelosi who used backroom tactics to muscle through healthcare legislation in the dead of night. Her finest hour came when she remarked that “the bill must be passed so we can see what is in it.” This should have been the point at which every American turned to their Representatives and Senators and asked, “Who has read this bill?” Instead, Americans sat mute, members of the House and Senate did likewise, and this woman ran roughshod over the will of the American public and made healthcare an arm of the federal government. In one singular effort, she set the future progress of medicine and medical care in this country on its ear all while doing absolutely nothing to address the one element which has driven healthcare costs through the roof for years….litigation.
Go ahead and add John Boehner and Mitch McConnell to this list as well. They both may be sitting on the right hand side of the political aisle but they will have a very difficult time proving to conservative America that they have accomplished anything of substance since the mid-term elections of 2010. McConnell sees his task as a defensive nose tackle focused only shutting down legislative efforts of the left. He has shown no propensity for discussion or problem-solving…only his political face. Boehner, on the other hand, can be thanked for his efforts on downstream mandatory spending cuts. Now that the Super Commission has admitted failure, those rules may come into play on future spending. Unfortunately, if they do, the first place that money is cut is from the Defense budget…thank you for that Mr. Boehner. We could not reach this level of ineptitude without your help.
This week it was announced that new policies will be applied to all considerations for foreign aid by the United States. Now, any country that is a candidate to receive funds must be on solid ground with the USA in terms of its policies on the treatment of gays and lesbians. Now, I don’t know who the dim bulb was who came up with this policy but one could easily argue that there must be issues of far greater concern with regard to how American taxpayer money is delved out abroad than on the basis of gay rights. Why not use animal rights? Why not civil rights? Why not human rights? What axe does America have to grind in terms of gay rights on a global scale? This is how the majority of Americans want their taxpayer dollars used? This is the focus of America in this day and time?
We have the Obama Administration admitting through Vice President, Joe Biden, that former CEO of MF Global, John Corzine, was their “go to guy” when tough economic questions were faced by the Administration. Corzine, a former Senator and Governor of NJ, recently presided over the revitalization effort at MF Global. That effort ended in a disastrous bankruptcy affecting over $600 million in investor assets. $300 million dollars of that money cannot be accounted for at this point according Corzine’s recent testimony. It seems that Corzine thought that betting his customers assets on the recovery of the European financial market would be a solid move. He, like so many others, apparently does not see that socialism is the cancer behind the financial erosion of Europe. This revelation of Corzine’s poor read of economics might also shed some light on the failure of the economic programs of the Obama Administration.
The people of the USA have a problem. Our elected officials are no longer in touch with the public focus or desires of the people as a majority. Taxpayer money is being squandered in innumerable ways all in the name of capturing votes and sustaining another election cycle successfully. Enormous amounts of money are talked about by politicians like it is the funds to cover next week’s groceries. We also have a band of crooks from the business sector that Washington is more than willing to employ in their money laundering schemes from time to time. Corzine is but one current example.
A billion dollars means nothing to a politician anymore yet could make any single American enormously rich if that luck befell them. Fiscal responsibility flew out the window when the Coo-Coo birds that populate Washington flew into office. We, the people, bear the blame because we have allowed it to happen, in fact, we have facilitated the process. The current crop of politicians in Washington could not be a finer example of the failure of the American public to act responsibly in considering the welfare of the nation when they exercise their vote.
The values which made America great are still viable. The environment in which those values are employed has been undermined and almost destroyed by politicians with other agendas. The Founding Fathers got it right in the first place especially with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They also warned us that the democracy they were creating would require protection and nurturing if it was to survive the long haul. Somewhere along the way, we, as a public, forgot those warnings and became apathetic toward both responsibility and accountability in the public sector. That attitude has thrown the doors of our country wide open to selfishness and greed and now to those who purport Socialism and Communism as a more fitting way of life for the American public. When you understand that fact, you quickly come to understand what President Obama is referring to anytime he mentions the process of fundamental transformation.
The fundamentals of America do not need to be transformed into anything other than what they were in the beginning and are to this day. When those we place in elected office follow the Constitution and the Rule of Law, the fundamental principles of this republic are viable. The checks and balances system of government also begins to work and the limits of the federal government in terms of scope and size are well-defined. Laws are no longer engineered by the courts or by some bureaucrat at his desk but rather within the halls of the legislative branch where that activity rightly and legally belongs. Transforming our society into any other form will bring nothing of value and will most certainly result in a loss of liberty to each and every American citizen who looks to the future with hope.
The time has come for Americans to take their country back. The time has come to re-establish responsible behavior and hold people accountable for their actions. The time has come to bring the focus back to the Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and the Rule of Law. The time has come to send the message loud and clear that we, the American public, have our eyes wide open and we can see the damage which has been done to this country by insincere and corrupt politicians. The time has come to call a stop to anything that remotely resembles a “fundamental transformation” of the American culture. The time is now and Americans need to stand up and be counted.
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