FAILURE OF THE REPUBLIC.
The preamble to the Constitution begins, as you all know, with "We, the people of the United States,..." This important clause demonstrated to King George and to the rest of the world thereafter that we free Americans will govern ourselves and leave behind monarchy and ruling classes, thank you. However, politicians have now conditioned most of us to believe that only "qualified, intelligent, experienced, moderate" folks should hold offices in government. No one realizes that everybody
, being an American, has a duty to govern themselves and not leave everything up to the same old guys all the time. We are being ruled by a political class.
This is most abundantly evident at present in the halls of Congress and in the White House and most other major halls of the federal government. More attacks are threatened, the stock market tumbles, the Catholic Church is in upheaval
, public confidence is plummeting, yet all they do is have meetings. There is an obsession today with hearings and investigations and committees unseen in wartime in American history. And I think that sentence holds a precient observation: most in Congress and in the media do not realize that we are at war. When America is at war, there are sacrifices, volunteering, honesty, moral clarity, courage, and perseverance by us and our leaders. None of these virtues are being practiced by our leaders right now. We citizens are clamouring for all of this, but most of all for victory--this is why President Bush still
has 77% approval ratings--and for our leaders of whichever party to lead us there. This plodding and ineffectual non-action by the administration and by Congress is driving all of us to fear and trepidation and malaise.
Not only in the war setting, but in other scandals and failures, the federal government is failing to protect and lead us precisely because there are career politicians using all of these unsettling events to attempt to hammer the opposition. Enron and the accounting firm problems that have emerged are not being dealt with, they are being sucked dry for political points. The Catholic Church refuses to deal with its internal problems, and the archbishops and bishops of this major institution of American life are going down with a very saveable ship. Congress and the White House are volleying the CIA and FBI failures of September 11th back and forth rather than solving the problem. We as a nation do not want rhetoric at this time in history, as this poll and article
We want, and desperately need, heads to roll and attitudes to change. FBI and CIA officers who neglected intel, for whatever reason (mostly brought on by past Congresses and administrations), should be fired and someone who will do the job
should be brought in NOW. Enron, and other coporate, officers who deceived shareholders and Wall Street should go to jail NOW. Priests who molest kids should go to jail and be excommunicated from the church NOW. Bishops and archbishops who have passed on dealing with the problem should get the same, NOW. Accounting firms who don't do an ethical and legal job of auditing the firms that drive our economy should be punished and fat Harvey Pitt and the SEC should drop the hammer NOW.
, Russell Crowe's general Maximus has to say to the senator, "The time for talk and half measures is over." We must say the same to our senators. Action, real problem-solving action, in all of these areas will banish the specter of fear and complacency and malaise from the American public. Peggy Noonan says it in her column
that, "This is what we need to do: Reveal everything now and fire those who failed us. Take a long hard day and do it. Swift bureaucratic brutality is what we need, not a time-consuming drone."
The destruction of the Taliban in Afghanistan was a good start. The Bush Doctrine was fabulous, inasmuch as we would apply it to everybody including the Palestinians and the Saudis. The new doctrine of preemption
is just as good, if not better, for us in the long run. But that is merely talk. Hussein should be whacked, and I mean yesterday. Have we deteriorated into Colin Powell enough to believe that our military can only defeat a nation with zero infrastructure, leadership, and military skill? Iraq is nothing. Nor is Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, or the Phillipines.
America, her borders, economy, politics, and civil life, need victory. And we need it now.