Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Someone has observed that we live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots. Observing our present state of national leadership, I am inclined to agree.
For the past several years we have been exposed to a governmental, three-ring circus! We have the U.S. Senate in one ring; the House in another and the White House performing in the center ring. The president presides over the entire performance as Ringmaster.
We have plenty of Lions, Tigers and Bears personified with the blustery speech of empty rhetoric. Sadly, the only thing missing is LEADERSHIP!
We witness a struggling nation completely devoid of statesmanship that is hinged solely on politics. When are we going to cry, “Enough?” Only a few of the participants are innocent in the deterioration of our American institution.
Because our government lacks real leadership, we are being governed by stalemate and bureaucratic decree. The inmates are in charge!
Let's take a look. The Senate majority is led by a whiny, weak non-entity by the name of Harry Reid; the minority is being shepherded by an almost equally whiny entity known as Mitch McConnell. On the House side, the leadership is entrusted to the likes of John Boehner, who is perpetually caught in the middle of two or three groups of political clichés that he cannot moderate. And, of course, there is the lost-from-reality minority leader, Nancy Pelosi. Let's don't forger members of both houses whose daily duty is to spout the daily talking points of their cohorts.
There are those who can't determine what their “real” opinions are and must look to others to determine what their daily outlook will be. For instance, you can count on our own Sen. Lindsey Graham to parrot whatever Sen. John McCain's opinion is on any given subject. None of these folks are real leaders — they're career politicians and only a few genuine statesmen can be found among them. Whenever someone does periodically attempt to bring bold, effective leadership to the fore, they are immediately put down by many of their colleagues or the press. It's a mess.
And in the center ring is Looney-tunes Joe Biden whose keeper can't seem to keep him in the attic where he might do no harm. But presiding over the whole matter is a president who has consistently failed to lead — except from behind. Until recently, he has not even met with members of opposing entities in an attempt to lead toward commonsense, compromising solutions of the myriad of problems facing the rest of us.
Right after President Obama's first election, I wrote in this column, “It is our obligation as Americans to wish Mr. Obama well and pray for his success as the leader of the Free World. I intend to put my prayers and support toward the success of our new president. I hope the American people will follow suit.”
We did and in my opinion he has failed us.
“I” the people
President Obama has turned out to be a narcissist leader who has been unable to get this nation back on the right track. Whenever he speaks it appears to be always about himself even though he tries to appear a champion of the so-called middle class. It all started when he told opponents that “Elections have consequences. And I won.” This was hardly a good way to start eight years of effective leadership.
I don't remember President Bush or President Clinton and their predecessors using the pronouns, “I” and “me” very often but President Obama's speeches are riddled with, “I” and “me” repeatedly. For most Americans we thought we were engaged in an enterprise that hinges on “WE the people.” How sad that the president has not been able to comprehend such a notion.
Debt doesn’t matter?
Our president and his cohorts have recently stated the foolish notion that an almost 17-trillion-dollar debt is unimportant. I don't know any American who is able to manage family financial affairs based on this foolish notion that overwhelming debt doesn't matter.
What does the immediate future hold? Not much, I'm afraid, as long as we have leaders who continue to pile up trillions of dollars of debt to no avail but yet balk at the very idea of reducing oft-times wasteful spending.
I realize that my words are acerbic but I fear there is little hope for most Americans until after another election sometime in the future. But, by then it may be far too late.
We all should be ashamed of ourselves. Our grandchildren will be.
John Brock is a retired newspaper editor/publisher and college professor. He can be reached by mail at this newspaper or by Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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