I can’t tell you how many times recently people have said to me either via email or in person that our country would be heading on the right track if only President Obama was out of office. Unfortunately, such a viewpoint is not only overly simplistic, it is also quite wrong. President Obama is a problem, yes, but the issue runs far deeper. Even if we were to broaden our scope and remove Congressional leaders like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, our government would still be in a bad shape. Some people have the mistaken impression that our government is a type of monarchy whereby one person, or a select few people, runs the nation. Although from all public appearances we seem to be trending in that direction, there are still many people in Washington D.C. who can influence policy. Just disregarding the cabinet members, advisors, and legions of bureaucrats, we still have the power to elect our president and the four hundred and thirty five members of Congress. You must remember that the President cannot make laws, that power is reserved for the Congress. So let’s turn our focus there.
How did Nancy Pelosi become Speaker of the House? How did Harry Reid become Majority Leader? Was it merely by chance or was it some sort of electoral free-for-all? No, of course not. With the Democrats in power, they selected two of their Congressional leaders to take charge in the House and Senate. Don’t like the actions of Reid or Pelosi? Blame the Democrats in Congress who gave them power. What about the Republicans? Can they be held responsible for massive increases in the growth of the federal government? Absolutely. While some of them outright supported unacceptable legislation, some of the others stood silent, merely watching from the sideline. As all spending bills must originate in the House, House members must claim the courage to vote against unconstitutional acts and wasteful spending. But our Senators are guilty too. In the Senate, a dedicated minority can use the filibuster to stall business in order to kill or delay bad laws. They must not be afraid to use this tool whenever the rights of the constituents are being trampled. The simple rule we must follow is that Representatives and Senators who either actively or passively ignore the Constitution must be removed. Although we rarely take advantage of the opportunity, we have that chance every two (or six) years.
But the blame goes beyond the corrupt cesspool of Washington. Should our national leaders fail us, which most have repeatedly, we must look to Richmond, and related capitals for redress. After all, under the authority of the 10th Amendment, power not specifically granted to the federal government is reserved for the states and the people. As a result of this nationalized health care scheme, some states, like ours, have sued the federal government. It is a step in the right direction, of course, but they must press other issues as well where D.C. has overstepped its bounds. Unfortunately, such a course of action requires a political will and determination that few statesmen possess. The majority of politicians do not chart this course, and so they are at fault as well.
But blame goes further than the White House, Congress, and the State House. What about the average citizen? Does he or she blindly go through his or her day rarely reflecting on the mischief of Obama and his associates? When we vote, do we really consider the issues and stances of the potential leaders in question, or are we duped by the hollow promise of “hope” and “change”? Educated and active voters are key components of a healthy nation. In America though, our base is largely apathetic and ignorant, drawn to the tiny details of the relatively empty lives of celebrities rather than actions of our supposed representative delegates. We cannot complain about the whims of Washington, and the power-grabbing nature of our leaders when we refuse to get involved. How can you hold politicians accountable when you remain unaware of their activities? Thus the greatest culpability for people like Obama along with the greatest hope for their removal rests with a single person. Surely you know the individual. After all, you see that person in the mirror every morning. So, now that we all share the blame, only one question remains. What are you prepared to do?
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