Plenty of it to go around, that’s for sure.
Do you find yourself shaking your head in wonder at some of the policy decisions and opinions of non-Washington American life issues by some of those who Americans pay handsomely to craft laws to run the government? Have you ever asked this: “How in the world could she/he say such a stupid thing?” Honestly, it happens far too often to just be happenstance.
These are supposed to be the best of the best who make themselves available to serve Americans, committing in an oath of office: “ I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Does it seem to you that sometimes — far TOO often — they seem to forget a portion of their oath of office: “I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter, so help me God.”
- President Obama: “My Administration Is Committed To Creating An Unprecedented Level Of Openness In Government.”
- The Associated Press Headline: “Government Secrecy Up Under Obama Administration” (“Government Secrecy Up Under Obama Administration,” The Associated Press, 3/17/14
- In An Interview Airing The Day After The Attack In San Bernardino, Obama Said A Paris-Style Attack Could Not Happen In The U.S.
- In An Interview Airing The Day Of The Paris Attacks, Obama Downplayed The ISIS Threat, Saying He Doesn’t Believe They Are Getting Stronger And That They Are “Contained .”
- “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.” (Donald Trump)
- Bill Clinton in 1996: “The era of big government is over.”
- Barack Obama in 2008: “If you choose change you will have a nominee that does not take a dime from Washington lobbyists and PACs.”
- Former Secretary of Defense William Perry (under Clinton): “Statements from the Trump Administration suggest that the U.S. goal is for North Korea to dismantle its nuclear arsenal and become a non-nuclear power. There is every reason to doubt that North Korea would be willing to go that far; but even if they are, there remains a fundamental question: How could we possibly verify such an agreement?”
- “We’ve got to pass the bill so that we can know what’s in the bill.” Nancy Pelosi about House passage of the ACA
- Barack Obama: “If you like your insurance you can keep your insurance. If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.”
Unfortunately, it doesn’t come from just elected officials. Political appointees, hires, those running for national office during campaigns, are all guilty of saying and doing may things that run counter to not only that oath, but all political reason regarding running the American government. Nowhere else is it more prevalent than in the political news.
Here are some examples:
- In the final months of the presidential campaign, numerous media outlets decried “violent Trump supporters” at political rallies. Today those same outlets apologize for or ignore violence committed by anti-Trump demonstrators.
- When President Obama halted acceptance of refugees from Iraq (albeit in a more limited fashion), hardly anyone noticed. Now with President Trump doing it, we see massive backlash and outrage.
- For many years Obama and the Left, with the approval of the mainstream media, have harshly criticized American foreign policy since the end of World War II. Trump off the cuff says, “You think our country is so innocent?” and he is pilloried by the same talking heads that complimented Obama for his “thoughtfulness.”
- Not everyone is convinced that Trump is sincere in his desire to resolve things with North Korea. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough described Trump’s decision as a “deflection” from controversies like his tough new tariff proposals and his alleged past affair with former adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
- From Axios: “If the U.S. does come to the negotiating table, it might show North Korea the U.S. sees it as an equal, even if that’s not the intent,” writes Shannon Vavra of Axios. “That’s one big, tacit concession to the Kim regime — North Korea has long-wanted to be seen as a major player on the world stage.”
Frustrations permeate the lives of Americans about daily occurrences in and about the U.S. Government and those who operate within it. NO ONE in D.C. is exempt.
The total obscenity of this frustration for Americans is best illustrated by former NY Senator/U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her plethora of comments about her political opponents, the 2016 election results, the cause of her loss in that election, American voters, and the constitution of Americans who really “are” important in the scheme of things:
In a strange visit to India this week, she explained in a speech another perspective of the reasons for her loss:
“I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product. So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign, ‘Make America Great Again, was looking backwards. You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights; you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs; you don’t want to, you know, see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are — whatever your problem is, I’m going to solve it.”
But there was more:
It is time for Americans to no longer be shocked at all this. Why? It’s simple: this is the way Washington D.C. runs! No Doubt George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and even John F. Kennedy would never believe it. But the World’s “shining light on a hill” no longer possesses a light that shines for the World. It shines only for those who have captured all of its benefits they can direct to their personal interests while offering to their voting constituents only the crumbs those in D.C. determine are the minimum they need to return to their districts to maintain their government positions.
In Washington D.C. Truth doesn’t matter; Honesty doesn’t matter; Commitment doesn’t matter; Integrity is a forgotten relic. “Me-sim” rules the day: “I will do everything I can do to get everything I want for me and those I prefer. It makes no difference what courses of actions are necessary to obtain those things. The fact that I want them is all the justification I need for permission to do so.”
No wonder Congressional approval has dropped below 10% — and members of Congress do not even care! 100 years ago Congressional members would be horrified and ashamed. Not so this bunch.
I am not sure who first stated this. But I heard it first in reference to Israel’s Kings from the New Testament. “A nation deserves exactly what Kings it raises up to lead.” The same can be said for U.S. national elected leaders: “The people of the United States deserve exactly who they elect to lead.”
Boy, we certainly are getting that right now, aren’t we?
Frustration? I don’t see an end in sight. Do you?