Authored by William Robert Barber
Once again “the people” have witnessed numerous examples of government malfeasance. But the issue of actual concern extends way beyond simple governmental malfeasance:
Withstanding the acceptance that government is a channel of corruption and every government that has ever existed has obliged the curse of dishonesty and exploitation, what the most recent congressional hearings discerned were the overt outlandish lies and distortions forwarded not only by the perpetrators, but also their leaders and particularly the administration’s spokespersons. When the discovery process of congressional oversight is limited to and about political party allegiance instead of striving to attain the truth of the matter; it is only a hop, skip, and jump to the utter destruction of our democratic republic.
From outward (lobbyists, affiliates, those with personal connections — all egocentric influencers of governing policy and procedure) to inward (duplicitous politicians in league with agency leadership that follows political party fidelity above the interest of the nation) including all willing practitioners of statutorily compliant corruption have transformed this nation into a statist- authority-synthesis of its former self.
Regarding the NSA, FBI, CIA, IRS, FEC, EPA, hmm… better to include all government agencies… the issue is not whether these operating entities are statutorily bound to perform their duties; unequivocally they are so bound. The issue is: should the people trust these agencies to comply? Distinctly the answer is: ABSOLUTELY NOT! Government is not a self-monitoring software program; governments are populated and administered by people — and people are fallible.
Congressional oversight of governmental doings is a sober responsibility. But when the conservative majority in the House investigates the workings of the Obama administration the liberal-progressives thwart the conservatives’ efforts because of political concerns. Such conduct is an instance of pure corruption… and frankly, should not be tolerated. Nevertheless, it is not only tolerated but exemplified as the skillful application of one safeguarding political interest.
Governments at every level squander monies, function imprudently, and suffer from Lord Acton’s premise of ‘absolute power corrupts absolutely’. But the further away government is from the governed, the deeper the sins and the wider the corruption. Clearly, the federal government has grown way beyond its ability to effectively function; this factual (although widely accepted) respective of political affiliation is never addressed.
The federal government subsidizes too many entities, benefits too many of the undeserving, and is operating above the law. The federal government has disabled federalism and infected every state in the union with its discretionary distribution of tax revenue. If tax revenue abates, the federal reserve is ready to just print more money. The bigger the government, the more the corruptive influences permeate within and throughout the appendages of governing.
Elections do have consequences…