Authored by William Robert Barber
There was a time, not so long ago, not unlike our present, when this government — in cahoots with those of the elected — serviced its governing policies with an attitude of belligerent disregard. Concerns for the nation’s constituents were shelved into abeyance in favor of servicing person, special interest, or party. As a matter of commonality a nominal of the elected cheated, lied, deceived, and institutionally endorsed inhuman treatment against peoples within our borders while the many did little or nothing to right the wrong. Today those within and outside of congress speak of civility lost; many note that common courtesy is considered uncommon. I think these persons of complaint are rewriting congressional history. In congresses past, a scurrilous descriptive or two was heralded at the opposition as leisurely as spitting into a spittoon. Petty squabbles were settled with cane, knife, or gun. With little protest, Manifest Destiny prompted US policy, America outstretched its boundaries to capture its perception of destiny by means extralegal, amoral, and immoral. History is the behavioral proctor and witness of government’s insatiable appetite for more — more in size and power, more in all things measurable.
Government cannot and should never be trusted. Government is an abused instrument, utilized mostly and most proficiently by the few; while the many sit by the way side of events with their hands undecided on where to place them: On their eyes, ears, or mouth. The few are mostly attorneys. Whether elected or appointed (regarding their professional behavior), their contributing positives are in perpetual contest with their negatives. When the attorney is reincarnated into a politician, the lethal entity is formed. Coupled with no term limits and armed with the ambiguity of legalese, plus the additional weapons of befuddlement and misdirection as their side arms… citizens beware!
Although proud to be an American, one cannot think of government as anything less than an operating entity that will violate its own constitution. Such violations of the constitution have happened in the past, are happening in the present, and surely will happen in the future. The government is an instrument; that instrument is as good an adherent to constitutional standards as the people who manage its branches of governing, a free press, and the vigilance of the voting populus.
Remembering that it was that greatest of the great (until Obama) liberal presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, an advocate of the poor, the disadvantaged, and the disenfranchised; nevertheless, it was he and his enabler — the government of the United States — that in WWII sequestered all Japanese Americans in camps guarded by Americans soldiers, with no right of recourse, the president and congress divested these Americans of their homes, business holdings, and tangible values.
The difference between the America of old and now is the sheer size of the American government. As a nation we can no longer tolerate petty squabbles and belligerent disregard; but most importantly, we cannot tolerate corruption. Our government is so corrupt we cannot mend nor fix it — we can only recreate.
We as a nation have lost our way; we are meandering about. Influenced by too many illusionary options, seeking short cuts our local, state, and federal governments are too busy chasing what does not exist. They have lost their legacy and their vision of where to go. More interested in promoting a tax base than prudence, governments have forfeited their presumption of virtuous naiveté. By any means draconian or ideological, government wants the tax revenue.
The battle cry of governments: Promise anything, invent any story, tell any lie — but get me the money…