Authored by William Robert Barber

The nation is stymied. The nation is unable to develop – much less implement – a viable foreign policy.  Its leadership suffers from the emotionally founded dysfunction of “contemplative hesitation.” This is a disease that if left untreated, results in its finality, in the malaise behavior of blatant indecisiveness. This malaise, in the president’s case, is caused by his determination, respective of urgent priority, to tether his decision-making solely to the goal of winning the next election.

In addition to placing politics in front of policy, the president refuses to change his view of the world even though his wrongheaded predeterminations have been proven to be false. For example, his declaration that “Bin Laden is dead and al Qaeda is on the run,” implied a factual that is nothing more than a politically motivated factoid.

Though inflated and exaggerated by his office, this propensity for trepidation prevails throughout the congress. Indecisive leadership did not start with the election of Obama. Leadership is, or should I label these elected as followers? These followers hesitate because they are concerned that the next poll will levy against their election. So everyone but a few choose the safest route, a path the media calls a centrist perspective. Even the term centrist is considered reasonable and compromising as if reasonable and compromising was universally defined or had any reference to the particular problem.   

Politicians come from the populous; they are a direct reflection of the cultural-societal aspiration of the American constituency. The nation’s ever-steady movement toward socialistic top-down governance has eroded, within the population, the obligatory responsibilities of personable-citizenship.  A democratic republic requires its citizens to look upon its government with askance, not subordination.  Instead there is a ready-to-acceptance (mentality) of legislation and regulatory interpretation from the elected and appointed to the electorate. When askance is substituted by subordination (by the voting public), an addictive habit-forming elixir takes form: And the willful dependency on government handouts, exceptions, and cash is the behavioral effect. The willingness to inhale such an elixir has (for the citizenry) dulled the impact of reality and positioned rhetoric to displace the otherwise logical demands of the substantive and objective. This acceptance of governing welfare is not limited to individual citizens but encompass corporations large and small. This elixir destroys and decimates the tradition of American exceptionalism. There is evidence that the veracity of the American character is withering into one of dependence rather than self-reliance.

The prudence of individualism and the American trait of the single-mined determination have been displaced by the theoretical ideals of a liberal-progressive philosophy. Henceforth, the truth of the matter is irrelevant when measured to the “greater promise” of a politician’s promise.

Because of the size of the federal government reason and rational sensibility have been replaced by the corruptive culture of a bureaucratic process managed by public employee unions. The nation is disorientated and adrift.

Seemingly, the political answer/solution to policy questions/problems is borrow, tax, and spend more; surely, this spending solution is delusional if not imprudent even immoral? Nevertheless, this is the common practice of a bewildered governorship. There is no wonder leadership is indecisive and contemplative — a solution in keeping with the virtues of a democratic republic is not their goal; politicians seek to retain or attain power and the populous would rather not be bothered.

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