When one looks at the monumental list of failures that exist in both our elected and appointed governments in Washington and various state capitols around the country, the only feeling available is despair.
Government is broken because the political system that supports it is flawed. Both are failures and the various shallow occupants of office have neither the desire or ability to solve the mounting problems that face America.
If one is to believe the current failure to occupy the White House — Barack Obama — and it is increasingly difficult to believe anything he says, the President of the United States is so clueless that he did not know the IRS was harassing his political enemies. At the same time, the nation’s lackluster and bumbling attorney general — Eric Holder — was signing off on wiretaps or reporters’ phones and harassment of the world’s largest news service agency.
Obama at least doesn’t claim to know nothing about Holder’s war against the Associated Press. Holder was, in fact, following the President’s directive to “get to the bottom of” news leaks.
Obama has good reason to fear news leaks. Most often, they show he is lying or leading the nation down a path of more infringement of the rights of citizens and more abuse of both privacy and standards once guaranteed by the Constitution.
One often wonders if Obama has read or understands the Constitution. He has shown a tendency to ignore it as often as his predecessor — the rights-robbing tyrannical President named George W. Bush.
Perhaps America’s slide into oblivion begins with the election of one despot after another to the White House.
Perhaps the nation’s downfall hinges on an inability to elect a Congress that functions.
Perhaps the end of America as we once knew it comes at the hands of extreme and phony groups like the tea party on the right and whatever liberals call themselves these days on the left.
America is a nation on its knees, hobbled by extremism on all sides of the political spectrum. Compromise is impossible in a nation dominated by extremes. Moderation drowns in a sea of extremist mediocrity. Coalitions cease to exist because no one if willing to work together towards a common, and unselfish, goal.
America today is a hobbled, disabled cripple of a nation. National pride is gone, replaced by personal prejudice and political hype. Leadership and hope cannot exist in a society dominated by populists, plutocrats and professional politicians. Political agendas, by design, cannot serve patriotism because love of country is lost in a mob environment where power, money and greed dominate.
Tea party bimbo Michele Bachmann announced this week she is leaving Congress. With her chances for re-election sinking in a state that is tired of her antics and her various misdeeds in a failed, and laughable, attempt to run for President under investigation for ethics violations, she is leaving public office to follow the Sarah Palin model of using celebrity to make money.
Like Palin, Bachmann was a celebrity, not a viable public official. Sadly, like Palin, there is enough dead brain matter among the masses to give her a following for her insanity.
But will she be replaced by a better representative of the people? Probably not. Elected officials are not representatives of voters. They are packaged commodities picked by party leaders and supported by special interests groups with narrow focus agendas.
The Mafia had a saying for such a situation: “New boss, same as the old boss.”
And when you think of it, comparing our government to the Mafia may be closer to the truth.
The Mafia, we are told, ain’t what it used to be.
Neither is America.
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