WASHINGTON, August 2, 2014 — In the Republic in which we live, we are governed by a representative Democracy. We elect leaders to national office on a periodic basis to provide leadership by instituting policy, upholding the Constitution and, above all else, to insure that the citizens are safe and secure.
Our federally elected leaders are letting us down. And at this point, we don’t really care who is at fault. We just want it fixed immediately.
The biggest let-down is in the area of finding common ground to move the country forward. There has always been, and likely always will be, those Americans who adhere to the basic principles of Freedom and Democracy while also including a large social responsibility. Others adhere to the basic principles of Freedom and Democracy but believe in more individual responsibility. The vast majority of Americans fit into one of those categories.
For centuries, our elected leaders have been able to find common ground, no matter how far apart these leaders were in ideology. In the 1980’s, individual responsibility leaning Ronald Reagan reached compromise with social responsibility leaning Tip O’Neil. The result was a rapid growth recovery from a very deep recession, followed by a long expansion. There were also numerous foreign policy achievements.
Social responsibility leaning Bill Clinton reached compromise with individual responsibility leaning Newt Gingrich to produce a government budget surplus for the first time in 35 years. In addition, welfare rolls were reduced, the economy grew rapidly and there were a number of foreign policy achievements.
Today it seems that the social responsibility leaders and the individual responsibility leaders can’t even have discussions with each other. So we have a disgraceful lack of positive results on almost all important issues.
This must change. Now!
There is a crisis of immigrants illegally entering the country. There are differences in opinion regarding the solution. Nonetheless, it is disgraceful that any elected member of our federal government would even consider taking a five week vacation before signing a resolution into law.
The economy has not had significant growth for almost seven years. In the course of recent history this is unparalleled. There are actions that our elected leaders could and should agree to take to get the economy moving. Yet the social responsibility leaders and the individual responsibility leaders can’t find compromise. The result is that the economy languishes at a slow growth pace.
Perhaps most disgraceful, is the failure of our leaders to insure our safety. A recently released report by the National Defense Panel, a congressionally mandated bipartisan commission, paints a very scary picture.
Based on a policy of “Flexible Response Doctrine” established by the “peace through strength” administration of President John Kennedy in 1961, the US military should be able to hold adversaries at bay through strategic deterrence and have the ability to fight two wars plus a smaller conflict, at the same time.
This latest report says that the federal government’s military force reductions and the almost trillion dollar decrease in the defense budget, put the US in a position where we are unable to respond to national security threats. The strategic deterrence is gone and we may not have the ability to fight even one war. And our enemies know it. The panel concluded that this must be reversed immediately.
The lack of border security that now exists as a result of the disgraceful behavior of our elected officials who are currently on a five week vacation, could pose a serious threat. Terrorists, who have vowed to destroy America, are constantly looking for new ways to reach their goal. How easy is it for them to sneak across the border now?
Suppose a terrorist brought in a disease which is difficult to treat and could spread into epidemic proportions. Is our federal government able to insure our safety?
Americans have had enough. The disgraceful behavior of over-paid and under worked federally elected officials is really more than disgraceful. And the smug responses are simply disgusting. Serious problems exist with the state of the economy, our national security and a number of other issues where they cannot or will not compromise.
We can lean toward more social responsibility or more individual responsibility, but our leaders are supposed to lead and implement policy consistent with the goals of Freedom and Democracy, regardless of which way they lean on social issues.
So listen up federally elected officials. “We are mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore.”