Monday, August 10, 2015

What Are We Leaving Our Children?

By Jim "Gymbeaux" Brown

From Plunder and Deceit by Mark Levin.  In the very opening of his book, he states:  "Among the least acknowledged facts of American modernity is the extent to which parents, acting in their familial capacity, naturally and tenaciously guard their young children from threat and peril, to the point of risking their own physical and economic security in extreme cases; however, as part of the political and governing community-that is, the ruling generation-many of these same parents wittingly and unwittingly join with other parents in tolerating, if not enthusiastically championing, disadvantageous and even grievous public policies that jeopardize not only their children's future but the welfare of successive generations."

If there has been and still is one HUGE concern that bothers me the most it is exactly what Levin states in the opening salvo in his book.  As the father of 4, grandfather of 9 and great grandfather of 2, how can I not be concerned with the America that WE will be leaving for their futures. 

Think about it. 

  • ·        We and our Government are grossly spending more than we take in or; lack of a balanced budget.
  • ·         We have racial division that has not existed to this degree in 40 years. 
  • ·         The world and America is a far less safe place where Police have been needlessly vilified.
  • ·         The southern border remains open to whomever decides to cross, friend or enemy. 
  • ·         Over 100 cities have declared themselves as Sanctuary Cities and neither the cities nor our Government thinks there is anything wrong with the policy of completely ignoring LAW even as Americans are being killed, robbed and/or raped by illegal aliens. 
  • ·         Corporations like Planned Parenthood are selling baby parts and again the Government fails to see the importance of allowing tax payer dollars to fund such activities. 
  • ·         People openly incite riotous behavior with immunity of prosecution.  
  • ·         The Government solution to almost all problems is to tax more, regulate more and overall discourage entrepreneurship in America.
  • ·         A foreign policy seems to be to reward our enemies while ignoring our long-time allies and the result is that we are more disrespected than in the last 50 years.
  • ·         And now with the world in turmoil we are placing ourselves at more risk by degrading our military.

 And the list can go on.  Is it no wonder I am concerned for the future of my children, grand children and great grandchildren.  Who but only a fool wouldn't be?  And we seem to be sitting idly by as "Rome (or in this case Washington) burns!"Who is responsible for the current state of America.  There are at least five main culprits.  It starts and primarily ends with the President of the United States just as any issues aboard a ship starts and ends with the Commanding Officer who is in charge and responsible for everything!  Period!

Then there is the Supreme Court which was suppose to review cases to determine if the Constitution has been upheld or not.  They are NOT suppose to write what they believe to be the law instead of interpreting the law in accordance with the issue being adjudicated. 

Then of course there is the House of Representatives and the Senate. 

Finally "we the people" have failed in our responsibility to put people into office who will follow the Constitution rather than making up the rules as the Congress and the President wish.

We as a country have become politically polarized where a politician or politicians of BOTH parties can do no wrong and it goes without saying that the other party is always wrong.  Obamacare is a perfect example of a failed government.  The Democrats wrote the bill in private not allowing any input from the Republican Party whatsoever.  This is so wrong on so many levels.  We elect our Representatives to officially represent our desires and when one party is excluded from the debate, approximately half of the country's voters will have been disenfranchised because they were not represented in the process.  In this case it just happened that it was the Democrats who did it to the Republicans but it could be the other way around as well.  The current process has failed the American people.

Then using Obamacare as an example, the Supreme Court twice failed to follow the constitution by simply determining if the law as WRITTEN and APPROVED was constitutional.  Instead they interpreted what they believed what the terms of the law said and what they believe it should have said instead of returning it to Congress for correction and approval.  By so doing they have become a legislative body instead of the judicial body of government.

All one has to do to see that Congress (House and Senate) is at fault simply by the very partisan votes on any given bill.  It seems like ALL Republicans vote one way and ALL Democrats vote the other and there are very few if any crossovers on major legislation.  A perfect example of this is the Sanctuary City issue.  I fail to see how anyone can believe the country is best served by a city declaring itself a Sanctuary City and therefore completely ignore the laws of the land.  Then to make this worse, the President has also decided to not prosecute these cities for violating the law when Americans are being murdered, robbed and/or raped by illegal aliens; a lot of whom had already committed violent crimes in America.  Even then, these Sanctuary Cities fail to notify the proper authorities that an illegal alien had been captured and who should have been turned over to the federal authorities.  How can anyone exhibiting any common sense whatsoever believe that this is the proper thing to be doing.  Yet the Democrats on this issue vote as one and refuse to enforce the laws of the land.  It's madness!  If they truly want to play by the rules they should submit a bill to reverse the previous bill.Another example.  

Congress not only spends more than the country collects in taxes, they then approve one debt increase after another and then borrow the money, usually from China, needed to fund the various expenditures of the country that Congress and the President have approved.  Any company or individual that tried this in their personal lives or business lives would very quickly have to declare bankruptcy because this type of procedure simply cannot be sustained when the debt holders (China for example) declare the debtors (USA for example) in default because they can no longer pay the principle and interest on the money loaned.

The one segment of our country most responsible for all of this are the voters who continually return politicians to office, some who have been there well in excess of 30 years.  Think about that for a moment.  We return the same dysfunctional politicians that through their actions or inactions have placed the future of America and our children in dire jeopardy.  Year after year these politicians say certain programs MUST be addressed otherwise the country is going to go broke.  Yet these same politicians once back in office ignore the mandate of the people and do what they have done year after year after year - ignore the issues   And the cycle repeats itself every election cycle.  If you want a clear reason for term limits this is it.  Congress is failing the people it has been charged with protecting. They seem to be more interested in cementing and adding to its power than doing the job they were sent to Washington to do.

This is NOT a Republican issue nor is it a Democrat issue - it IS an American issue and these people ought to start recognizing the problem and then setting a path to fix it.  If Congress and the President won't fix the term and budget issues, we the voters should vote every Senator out of office that has been there for two terms or eight years.  We should also vote every Representative out of office who has been there for more than four terms thus giving every member the opportunity to serve for eight years max!

Every elected official should be bound by the terms of every law that is passed and no elected official and no Supreme Court Judge should EVER be exempt from any law passed.  Every elected official should be responsible for providing for their own health insurance for periods once they are out of office and they should be required to provide for their own retirement program.  We should be discouraging career politicians rather than giving them incentives to stay literally forever.

Sadly I do not see any of this ever happening unless the States collectively call for a Convention of States with members drawn from the general public of each state.  A Convention of States could change the rules in spite of Congress and the President.

If nothing happens, the country and our children are in deep trouble and this is all happening while most Americans are simply asleep at the wheel.  They have no clue what is happening and could care less.

It is time to start caring.  It is time to drop the political handles and start doing the right things to alter the course of America.  It is simply time to take up the challenge and provide solutions.  Its time!

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