Arlington, VA March 10, 2015
Increasingly, it seems we are headed for an American apocalypse in our Government, with all three branches going in disparate directions.
The Obama Administration is arguably one of the most political administrations, at least since Franklin Roosevelt (who learned from his mistakes), and decided that racial, political, economic, and social division is the way to govern. We seem to have a president who has no concern about either his legacy, or the future of the Republic. Just in recent weeks, he has made it eminently clear he will govern without the Congress, and, by the way, could not care what the courts decree either.
Then there is the Congress, one of the most divisive and dis-functional in History. We have not seem such acerbic divisions since the Continental Congress. At least in 1775, everybody had their heads in a similar direction, even if they disagreed on the methods to achieve independence. Now, the Congress is in total disarray. it seems that either party wants to do a poor job of sharing governance, as the constitution provides, and simply wants to put spears in the members of the other party. That type of activity helps no one. Unfortunately, the people decide who goes to the Congress, and they are apparently willing to put up with the shenanigans that routinely drives congressional action (or inaction).
Judicial decisions are approaching similar dimensions. While it is expected that judges reflect their personal beliefs, consistent with the law, we see increasing numbers of cases where political opinion, not personal judicial views, are reflected in decisions affecting the law, up to the Supreme Court.
The lack of concern for the welfare and health of the Republic is very concerning. We are supposed to be a nation of laws, and Presidents enforce laws passed by the Congress, while the Judiciary explains how those laws are to be enforced. We don't have that any longer, for the most part. What we have is political dynamism, led by a coward president, ineffective congressional leaders, and judges who simply won't act according to their conscience. That is truly unfortunate.
When will the American public wake up and decide they want better governance to make their lives improve--rather than the pockets and egos of politicians? Hopefully soon, or this Republic will be in real trouble.