US Government Operating Principles Abandoned

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It will come as no big surprise to anyone who can read or who listens to the news these days if I mention that our government is broken.

But, I am not specifically addressing the corruption of many elected officials to gain longevity in Congress and increase their personal wealth,

nor that politicians will say and do almost anything to get elected,

nor opinions by the Supreme Court that go far beyond their Constitutional authority,

nor edicts by the president, via executive orders, which bypass Congress' authority,

nor the current administration electing to hold accountable some for crimes but not others guilty of the same things solely because of ethnic or racial differences,

And finally, nor even the current administration having among it's members those with questionable loyalties to this country.

No, I am addressing the complete abandonment of the US Constitution by our elected officials almost in unison.

These are the same elected officials who swore to uphold the Constitution.

Specifically, I am addressing that the separation of powers specified in our Constitution seems no longer to be in effect.

And, here's the truly sad part. We The People are doing nothing - absolutely nothing about this most critical of issues.

We are allowing this dysfunction to not only exist but actually to accelerate.

Why would or could this be? Simply because the vast majority of us have not been personally harmed in a significant way - as yet.

Yes, our taxes are higher. Yes, our health care costs are rising asymptotically while medical benefits are dropping. Yes, millions of Americans are unemployed. And, yes, there are many more such issues.

However, the majority of our individual standards of living have not dropped below a threshold where we become truly upset - or harmed - in a significant way.

We have not experienced the harm, significant harm, that comes over time to all peoples of socialist leaning nations. That type of harm takes time.

That type of harm takes planning and a degree of patience that we these days seem not to be able to fathom.

More importantly, we seem to not want to believe that the actions of our government are designed to destroy our way of life; the way of life that our parents and those who came before fought and worked to establish and maintain.

Obama, during his first run for the presidency, proclaimed that his goal was to fundamentally transform this Nation. Many believed his statement to be nothing more than normal politispeak - or, meaning nothing as politicians will say anything to get elected.

But the many were wrong. He meant what he said and has been very successful - to our and the country's collective harm.

The progressive political movement has been working steadfastly for many decades toward "fundamentally changing our Nation".

Their aim is to divide and rule, an age old and very successful tactic. And, so far they seem to be marching swiftly toward their goal.

One of the progressives' more important tools is complacency. We have unwittingly acquiesced to their game plan.

We are too caught up in the things we view as important to us in the here and now - our jobs, our children, our toys, and a myriad of things made available to make us look the other way rather than focusing on what is really important - our future and the futures of our children.

But, in deep recesses of our minds we know not all is well. We are too eager to "not pay attention to the man behind the curtain".

Almost 55 years ago President John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address offered the nation this:

"And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Somehow, it seems, during the interim we have moved toward "Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you."

A few things to consider:

We know that it is not good when 50% of our people pay no taxes;

we know that it is not good that 35% of our people are on some type of financial assistance from the government;

we know that it is not good that our government is over 18 trillion dollars in debt - what's more, that amount of debt is mind numbing to the point we can't truly comprehend it;

we know that it is not good when thousands upon thousands of people are allowed - no, not just allowed, but encouraged - to enter our country illegally while We The People are required to pay the costs of their travel, housing, food, and benefits;

we also know that it is not good that the American taxpayer is spending $1.1 BILLION per year to keep in prison 351,000 illegals. These illegals ALL committed crimes worse than just entering the country illegally,

we know that it is not good when our military leadership is being dismantled psychologically and physically by the executive branch and the military's strong leaders are being replaced by those more favorable to the progressives' ideological agenda;

we know that it is not good that our own government is using government agencies to threaten, spy on, and coerce it's citizens;

we know that it is not good (nor reasonable) that the federal government should control the amount of water we use in our showers or dictate the kind of light bulbs we use;

we know it is not good when the president and the progressive media immediately and always side with the black person in any violent action between whites and blacks and never utters a word where obvious black-on-black or black-on-white crimes are committed;

we know that it not good that our government funnels weapons to drug cartels merely to further its aim of establishing strict gun controls on its own people;

we know that it is not good when for the last 7 decades our commanders-in-chief have not had the will to win any military conflict in which we've been engaged - and engaged in voluntarily, by the way;

and, among many other things, we know that it is not good that our government allows its own citizens to die to protect the smuggling of guns to those who have threatened to destroy our Nation.

Yes, we know all these things, but still do nothing because we directly have seen no serious, deleterious effect on our personal lives. As of now, these things actually do have a negative effect on us, however. But, it mostly affects the poorest among us.

If no action is taken, the effects will trickle up to the rest of us as well. If you don't believe me, I think Eliza Doolittle may have put it best,"Just you wait, 'enry 'iggins, just you wait!"

Now, it is reasonable to argue that any one of the above things can be written off as "nobody's perfect". However, when viewed together they present a different logical conclusion - and not one good for the Nation nor We The People.

Well, while we've been doing nothing something has been going on - the erosion of the separation of powers within the structure of our government. So, OK, why is this so important?

The separation of powers permits and enforces the checks and balances necessary to ensure that We The People are protected from a predatory governmental ideology or force.

Were the separation of powers being faithfully followed by our government, including that our elected officials actually represented We The People, the above list of things to consider would be virtually non-existent.

Our founding fathers desperately wanted to establish a system that did not have a single point, or even multiple points of authority left to run amok unchecked.

We, collectively, are failing our founding fathers' carefully designed government operating principles.

Let's look at some examples of the erosion of the separation of powers:

The Congress ceding its power to the president to negotiate with foreign nations on that which the Congress may not alter. The Congress is abdicating its responsibility to the president.

The president issuing orders allowing illegal immigration without proper and necessary congressional approval and possibly fostering fraud in our elections. Or, the president is acting in a manner relegated to Congress alone. In his own words he stated, "So, where they (i.e., Congress) won't act, I will."

The Supreme Court on three recent occasions "creating law" - not just ruling on the constitutionality of same. Specifically, this occurred on the Health Care law twice and happened with the issue of same sex marriage. The Supreme Court is taking on the role of Congress.

If those examples are not sufficient, here is prima facie evidence of the dysfunction of the separation of powers:

Exactly one day after Obama signed the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, he announced he has no intention of obeying Congress. In the fast track bill, Congress says the U.S. cannot pursue a trade agreement with any countries that boycott “Israel or persons doing business in Israel or Israeli-controlled territories.”

But after Obama put his signature on it, the administration revealed it would disregard the law, saying it “runs counter to longstanding U.S. policy towards the occupied territories, including with regard to settlement activity.”

As an aside, this must mean that Obama, et. al., considers Israel an "occupied territory" vs. a Nation? How's that for the proper way to treat our ally?

OH, I could offer many more examples. But, the message should be clear. There seems to be no clear distinction left as to who's in charge over what. Except We The People have lost all control over our government. Disastrous for the Nation.

One may well ponder why the dysfunction. As we all know nature abhors a vacuum.

If a branch of our government is failing to do its job, some other branch will step in and do it. It seems that all three branches of our government, the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial, are all spending their time doing some other branch's job.

AND, we feel powerless to effect change upon which all may agree. Our votes seem to matter little. Those we elect appear to readily coddle up to special interest groups, focus on getting reelected, and other things that will further their political careers while not truly representing We the People.

So, what can or could we do?

Two of the greatest agents of positive change in the world were Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.

King, of course, led the successful, non-violent movement for civil rights in America. Gandhi led an equally successful, non-violent movement for Indian independence in British-ruled India.

This is what is needed now in America - A non-violent outpouring of millions of us who deeply care about our country demanding that our Constitution be followed. It would work. But, it would require that a vast majority of us recognize the path that has been set for us, be willing to stand up for our Nation, and effect the struggle to bring our country back from the brink.

But, are We The People too complacent?

Or, is it that We The People just aren't paying attention?

You tell me!


POST SCRIPT:

"When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed."

- Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged, Francisco's "Money Speech") - 1957