First I want to post a little disclaimer. No, I do not intend to turn this blog into some kind of political forum; however, as I have observed the events of the last year transpire, I have become increasingly concerned with the direction our country is taking. When one examines carefully the overall picture, he must conclude that our leaders are fast moving us away from the foundations of democracy upon which our nation was built. The blame is far reaching and encompasses both the Democrats and Republicans. We the people are also guilty of buying into a philosophy that our founding fathers fought to avoid as they constructed our government. The one thing they feared above all was a powerful and intrusive centralized government. Today, we are guilty of not only allowing the government to intrude more and more into our private lives, but we are also begging for more governmental control. Never before in our history have the American people so willingly and readily allowed the government to have complete control over their lives.What the terrorists started on 9/11, the demolition of a free and democratic nation, is now being accomplished at the hands of our own people.
Our president is guilty as he has run roughshod over the constraints of the U S Constitution time and time again, the latest being when he absolutely refused to negotiate with the House of Representatives on matters related to spending and the budget. Our forefathers gave the "power of the purse" to the House of Representatives for a purpose. That purpose was to prevent too much power from residing in the hands of one man, namely the president. The reason this power resides in the House is because the members of the House are most closely accountable to its constituents as they are elected for only a two year term as opposed to six years for a senator and four years for the president. By delegating this power to the House, the writers of our Constitution gave them the power to act as a check on the power of the presidency. Yet our president has circumvented this balance that our forefathers determined would prevent any leader from acting as a king. This is only the latest of a series of actions by our president that have shown a disdain for the Constitution.
In Congress, both Republicans and Democrats have abdicated their responsibility to lead our country away from the brink of disaster. Both parties have made their decisions based upon politics and power, ignoring the good of the country. On the one hand, there are those who cozy up to the wealthy, the privileged, and the powerful (both parties), and on the other hand, there are those follow and ideology which has no basis in reason. With a debt that is likely to reach 1.7 trillion dollars by the end of the year at a cost to the individual taxpayer of $148,000, our government leaders still refuse to sit down and negotiate a rational budget that will lower the debt rather than raise it. As a family man, I understand that if I make $40,000 a year, I cannot spend $60,000 a year. Yet this is exactly what our government persists in doing. Shamefully, Congress approved billions of dollars in unnecessary spending in their latest compromise. When will it stop?
We the people cannot be absolved of blame either. The American people have shown a desire to have our government doing more and more for us all the time. This will ultimately result in a loss of our independence. By electing officials based on promises of more government assistance, we are also inviting more government oversight and irresponsibility in financial dealings leading to an economic catastrophe. Unfortunately, by the time the danger is realized, it may be too late. One of the greatest freedoms in our nation has been the freedom of speech. As a people, we need to make our voice heard now and demand greater accountability and responsibility from our elected officials.