Authored by William Robert Barber
The basis used to evaluate and measure the all too often politically exploited term “American values” are misconstrued and conflated by a strong-willed fairytale that emphasizes the good and positive of American history while avoiding or abating the evil and negative. Nonetheless, I do believe that American culture and Americans are, comparatively, unique and exceptional with an ethically rooted belief in individualism, liberty, and self-determination. I also believe that the government of America and Americans — as with all sapiens — are at a minimum xenophobic, bigoted, self-serving, disposed to tribalism, and susceptible to varying degrees of behavioral dysfunction.
What stymies the onslaught and effect of the ever-hovering chaos from consuming peacefulness is the rule of law, just like it is the rule of law that prompts citizens to “go” on green and “stop” on red. The rule of law is paramount to the integrity of America; when not applied blindly and evenly, America “the land of the free and home of the brave,” grievously suffers.
Interestingly, impropriety amongst the elected and appointed seemingly, as if an intrinsic effective, require a high IQ person, platformed by a brand name education — a preponderance of arrogance that effectuates an unbridled hubris. Once again, the powerful few within the DOJ and FBI construed and manipulated what is ostensibly lawful to service an ideologically inspired agenda. Their defense for such covert illicitness I assume will be that they plotted and executed these transgressions in the interest of the common good.
Congress, designed for ineffectiveness, promptly responds to the needs of its constituents only when provoked; Pearl Harbor and 9/11 are excellent samples of a prompt response. An effective Congress must respectively debate sufferings and policy issues. However, the enjoining of divergent interest each respecting the other perspective is as preposterous as proposing peace as a policy goal. The government of the United States is too enormous to govern effectively; furthermore, while legislators may write the laws, it is the bureaucrats that interpret and enforce them; as recently proven, Congress cannot oversee its departments.
Monitoring the elected is tough enough. To oversee the unelected bureaucrats that manage the governing of America is damn near impossible: Similar to weeds that spring up between the cracks of cemented sidewalks, a governing bureaucracy is an ever-growing phenomenon. Going to the moon and the exploration of space, eradicating cancer, eliminating poverty, or traversing the ocean bottom all is simple and doable — but slowing the growth of a government bureaucracy: impossible.