Authored by William Robert Barber
A democratically inclined republic is purposely vested in a representative form of governing. The representatives are elected by the people validating the founding principle of democracy. Therefore the republic qualifies as a government of, by, and for the citizens of the republic. All well and just as long as the citizens participate in elections and render all aspects of every form of government, political parties, and governing with clear-eyed askance.
There is however an issue of overriding concern. A concern that is plainly transparent, data palpable, and frankly, wholly unacceptable: Citizens do not sufficiently contribute to the process required to maintain this constitutional republic.
A significant portion of Americans are media driven voyeurs, effortlessly stimulated to accept and react. They call themselves political activists.
We are led by “Politicians.” The direct and well-worn meaning of the word is acknowledged. However, the word does denote other indirect colloquial meanings: such as “forked-tongue,” deceiver, manipulator of truthfulness, and disseminator of factoids. Legally, in the defense of his client or to elongate the term of adjudication, an officer of the court may lawfully exaggerate, lie, distort, or skirt the truth. Politicians, when speaking on the Senate floor or speaking to the nation’s citizens. are not obligated to speak the truth. They may — and do — exaggerate, lie, distort, and certainly skirt the truth.
The mainstay duty of a citizen is to not trust the government and to regard the politicians with askance. Instead, because of laziness, ignorance, and entertaining distractions we trust and thus, suffer the consequences.
We Americans trusted Eisenhower to end the war in Korea and subsequent administrations to protect America against the North Korean menace; instead, we have a gangster nuclear arm nation of fanatics. We trusted Truman’s decision not to cross the Yalu River and drop a nuclear bomb in communist China. We trusted Kennedy’s decisions not to invade Castro’s Cuba. We trusted Carter when he kicked out the Shah in favor of the religious fanatic. We went along with Carter giving up the Panama Canal to a military dictator. We trusted Johnson’s management of the Vietnam War and Nixon’s decision to enable defeat. Obviously, I could go on and on…
In the present, Iran enriched by Obama’s silliness is evermore the terrorist supporter. North Korea with nuclear capability is at the brink of killing hundreds of thousands in a losing war. And Russia bullies its weight around the peripheries of its sphere of incidental influence.
Since the end of WWII American political leadership will not, in favor of dalliances of convenience, accept international realities. Leadership has watched too many Hollywood movies wherein the hero as well as the villain is identifiable and the ending morally ordained.
Reality dictates that force of arms is the requirement of prelude to confrontation and the finale of said confrontation. The satisfactory ending of a present confrontation is nothing less than a prelude to the next confrontation; violent confrontation is a never ending continuum.
Our dilemma of present confrontation was created by enabling our enemies and thwarting prudence in favor of deception. Deception was necessary for reelection and an obligatory of sticking one’s head in the sand in the interest of supporting a policy of hopefulness.