What We Have Here Is A Failure to Communicate
President Obama wishes to address a joint session of Congress on the unemployment situation facing America. The White House announces the date and time they want for the speech and then all Hell breaks loose. It seems Speaker Boehner finds this a poor choice and asks it be rescheduled for the next evening to avoid a conflict with a Republican Presidential debate. So, the White House agrees to reschedule the speech. Everyone’s happy now right? Wrooooong! It seems to have become a political crisis, full of finger-pointing and debate on who caved to what and why they should, or shouldn’t, have done whatever it is they may have done. In short – a clear example of the dysfunction that is American politics.
The idea that there is any capability of the government to govern is becoming more ludicrous every day. Our political structure has become nothing more than an ineffective and oppressive tyrant. Politicians can only agree to fight, whine and whimper. It is an atmosphere of extreme hate where the real losers are the people of this country. To be fair though, it isn’t all the fault of the politicians only. The People have some of the responsibility for the behavior of the political establishment. The ideology of the different political viewpoints has been pushed to extremes over decades to the point where there is little-to-no cooperation on the issues facing this nation. Events of the past decade have only made the dysfunction worse. While 9/11 was horrific for the victims of the attack and the psyche of the nation as a whole, it began the longest run of war and national oppression in the history of the United States of America. As a country we became embroiled in two wars, one of which is arguably unjustified in any way other than as crimes against humanity. In the opinions of many the war in Iraq was not to protect the United States or to save humanity from an evil despot (whom the West is guilty of installing and supporting whenever it met their interests), but was initiated and fought to “defend” and protect corporate interests.
In addition, 9/11 opened a domestic war front on the American people. In the guise of greater security politicians rushed to institute a broad, never-ending, security apparatus. The creation of the Department of Homeland Security by Congress, at the insistence of the Bush Administration and Republicans has been successful at stealing more freedom from the country. Monitoring of communications of all types through dubious National Security Letters has made a mockery of the 1st and 4th Amendments to the Constitution. The Transportation Security Administration has made all people terrorists until proven otherwise when it comes to air travel and is diligently working to expand its tentacles to rail and bus transportation. Once that is accomplished, all that would be left would be for the government, through DHS and TSA, to institute the requirement for people to have travel permits before venturing outside local travel zones. The CIA is making inroads in conducting its own surveillance and intelligence operations within the US by co-opting police agencies for domestic intelligence collecting. Law enforcement agencies around the nation have become enforcers against anyone or group considered subversive and a danger to the State, issuing “reports” from regional multi-agency information centers pointing out everyone from a veteran to a Christian as a potential subversive. While the Democratic Party initially proclaimed their disagreement with such tactics (including President Obama), they now take advantage of these very programs for their own ends – proving that neither political group has any intention of stopping these infringements.
All the while we have the political groups in Congress and the Administration running America into a deeper debt load that will eventually cause the collapse of the nation. Borrow more, spend more, tax more seems to be the only course either group will follow. Nothing is undone. Once a course of action is instituted through some law or regulatory policy there is no reversing it – even when the outcome isn’t met and the law has been shown to fail. The politicians would rather continue tossing money into the trash than end unproductive programs or operations. The Right decries the waste, but they haven’t changed anything when they had control. The Left just keeps looking for more ways to expand government, taxing more to empower their programs to help those in need – never admitting that all they do is make more people “needy.” Yet the two parties can agree on one thing – running the United States of America onto the trash heap of failed nations. They’ll do it too, each blaming the other for the outcome. The politicians of the two parties have been bought and paid for long ago. Government itself was bought by Corporate America long before now and have a strangle hold over the wealth of this country, leaving the political factions to fight over the nickels and dimes that have been left for them like breads crumbs to the pigeons.
But, people accept those crumbs and believe that they just have to get the right politicians elected to enact their reforms to make America better, whatever that may mean. The Left believes that government should grant the rights given to the people and control their moral behavior by compelling people to support the greater good. The Right fiercely defends their belief that government should let people be free while keeping them safe, in effect pushing empowered government to legislate rights and morals for the people as well. Both groups are working to the same ends, just along different pathways. Neither side gives a damn what the people say. In fact, it behooves the politicians to keep the people at odds with each other – it distracts them from realizing government is the enemy and collaborating to overthrow, by any means necessary, the government and starting over.
So in the end the country continues to be dysfunctional and sliding down the path to collapse. Yet, “we the people” will stand there and watch it happen. It’s long past time to retire this national experiment called the United States of America. It will happen one day. Maybe I won’t be alive to see it happen, which wouldn’t be a bad thing. I am tired, tired of the hate, tired of the racism, tired of the lying, tired of the stealing, and tired of the ugliness that rules our country.