ST. LOUIS, Mo., July 16, 2016 — America today has entered a protracted period of chaos. It seems that in every aspect of our lives today, all Americans can see looming ahead are endless, intractable problems and perpetual disarray. The chaos starts at the very top, with our currentk astonishingly dysfunctional government. It seems that both the President and Congress have forgotten their jobs. The President, in particular, seems also to have conveniently forgotten the Constitution.
It is bad enough that our president ignores the laws and the Constitution today. But arguably worse, we have Congress that, while completely aware of the President’s transgressions and violations, simply turns away and ignores them.
As a result, America, over the past 8 years, has lost the respect of the rest of the world as a global leader. Other countries now see us as weak. A prime example: President Obama notoriously drew “a line in the sand,” daring Syria’s totalitarian regime to step over it. But when Syria almost immediately did just that, Obama backed down. What happened to the days when America was strong?
The guilt for this nation’s current sorry state rests not only on the President, but also with our elected representatives, which, as a body, has yet to offer a significant challenge to Obama’s arbitrary, ill-informed and disastrous misuse of executive powers, particularly when it comes to budgetary matters and the power of the purse.
On the economic front, America’s current financial situation remains a complete disaster. The U.S. owes more money than it takes in—considerably more—and this indebtedness seems to keep on increasing exponentially. More and more Americans are beginning to ask: if things at home are so bad, why do we keep giving money to other countries? We pay most of the cost for the United Nations and NATO. What are we getting for all this costly support?
Even more vexatious, it is not just financial support that we are giving these countries. We have thousands of military troops stationed around the world with the task of protecting their people, their governments and their borders. This costs America’s taxpayers billions of dollars and it also is a serious risk to our military personnel as well.
Internally, our country is badly divided along ethnic, political and economic lines. Violence regularly spills into out streets, and our police and our citizens are being killed seemingly at will and often in plain view by criminals and terrorists.
In the midst of all this continuing chaos, it’s fair to ask: Where are our leaders? No one, it appears, is stepping up to actually lead. Instead, the politicians who supposedly represent our people are standing on the sidelines giving fancy speeches and press conferences and using the tragedy for their own self-promotion rather than making every effort to thwart the next one.
America has become a state where it’s all about what people can get, not what they can earn. Gone apparently forever, is President Kennedy’s challenge to all Americans to ask what they can do for their country. Instead, a great many and perhaps a majority of Americans want to know instead just what’s in it for them, and preferably free. Some Americans today don’t even want a job because they accumulate more on welfare checks than they ever could if they were gainfully employed. Gone are the days when most Americans prided themselves on doing a good day’s work and earning an honest living.
Corruption has permeated our government. It seems there is a new scandal every day in some government agency. The VA scandal is a disgrace, not only because we ignored our veterans, but also because of the blatant corruption in a government organization. The IRS is now a political arm of the Democrats, targeting corporations and individuals because they aren’t on the “right” side—the left side—of the political spectrum of the moment. Private businesses and organizations are failing us, too, but, as in government, their ineffective leaders just keep getting promoted to higher positions or simply decide to retire with a typical “golden parachute” deal, laden with a healthy pension and multi-year bonus.
Where are our leaders? Out to lunch indefinitely it would appear.
Meanwhile, chaos continue to swirl all around us, and it seems to be getting worse instead of better. Only a return to real American values like thrift, honesty, and a willingness–no, an eagerness–to put in a good day’s work will pull us out of this chaotic vortex. But where have those true American values gone, and how do we get them back?
*Cartoon by Branco. Reproduced here with permission and by arrangement with LegalInsurrection.