With the interminable presidential campaign nearing its long-awaited end, I cannot help but step back and take a look at the gradual erosion of character that has occurred in those who seek the highest offices in the land.
Witnessing the ‘debate’ occurring between this year’s slate of candidates seems to have devolved into something akin to sitting in the audience at a showing of ‘The Great Train Robbery’. Although a milestone in its day, through the eyes of today’s audiences it would seem disjointed, with each small scene representing a single shot, containing very little substance, and encompassing only a few, if any, meaningful moments. Yet its sensational and extraordinarily tragic subject matter is relevant.
Its two main characters are criminals who wreak havoc on a train full of passengers, and the movie ends with one of them taking aim and firing point blank at the audience.
The disjointedness, the superficiality, the criminality, and the eventual expansion of the criminals’ field of terror ...
In the United States of America, we have the freedom to believe as we choose regarding the sanctity of the Constitution of our republic. We can choose to believe that it is the most magnificent and timeless blueprint for governance ever devised by the mind of man. Or we can choose to believe that it is an outmoded government design, in need of constant revision, because it was written by nearsighted men who couldn’t see past the eighteenth century.
Being allowed to embrace either belief, or any other, is what individual freedom is all about. But there are a certain few among us who, by virtue of their position, ought not to have the right to all such beliefs.
There once was a time when national office holders (especially presidents, senators, and congressmen) believed that the Constitution was the incontrovertible law of the land and that it was their honored duty to uphold it. The words 'preserve, protect and defend' had a tangible, concrete meaning. And that meaning in no way allowed the infiltration of the concepts of 'edit, assault, and declare obsolete'. As a matter of fact, it forbade them.
There once was a time when the preservation of individual liberties, the limiting of government power, and the securing of our national sovereignty were deemed the highest calling of an American leader.
There once was a time when America’s leaders were (as they should be) a cut above the rest of us. That time is long past. It has been waning for decades, but drew its last breath around 1989. Before that time, if our leaders were not Constitutional scholars per se, they at least had a working knowledge of the document they were charged to defend, and they were generally committed to seeing to it that it remained whole, and supreme.
When those who are entrusted with the defense of ‘sacred’ ground are allowed to defile that very ground, the ground is then neither sacred nor worth defending.
Those seeking to be our next president, and those already sitting on Capitol Hill, know that the Constitution's dedication to limiting the power of the federal government forbids the government from seeing to it that every American has healthcare insurance, or regulating the prices of commodities, or placing punitive regulations and taxes on successful businesses, or imposing all manner of regulation on industry in the name of a fabricated climate crisis, or stealing the fruits of its citizens' labor, or spending billions in pork barrel projects, or dictating the educational curricula in public schools, or legislating God out of existence, or seeing to it that even the slothful prosper, or legitimizing the killing of unborn babies, or restricting the citizens' right to keep and bear arms, or inviting non-citizens to enjoy the same rights as citizens, or passing countless other laws that increase their own power while robbing us of our individual liberties and punishing personal achievement.
Our Constitution was authored, in large part, to avoid (1) monarchy and (2) socialism. Yet both are being forced upon us, surreptitiously and incrementally.
When those who are elected to the highest offices in the land bear no allegiance to our founding documents, or to truth and justice in general, it is time to awaken from our apathetic stupor and demand character in leadership once again.
We have duty-bound Americans laying their lives on the line in Iraq and Afghanistan – placing their lives on hold, and often in the cross-hairs of a brutal enemy – in order to defend the liberties of other peoples, and to prevent the enemy from once again reaching our shores.
And one of our pretenders to the throne is fabricating lies about being under enemy fire abroad during a diplomatic mission, while, at the same time, those she is seeking to lead are facing the threat of actual enemy fire every single day.
One of our pretenders to the throne is embracing a ‘theology’ that demonizes our protectors in Iraq and Afghanistan, and proclaims that the enemy that our duty-bound young men and women are facing in the Middle East had reason to perpetrate the holocaust that was 9/11.
Treason abounds in Washington. The Constitution is under relentless attack. And the front-runners for the presidency of the United States bear little or no allegiance to its founding documents and principles. Nor do they place any value on truth, other than to the degree that it can increase their power.
The loathsome character of our national leaders extends far beyond those seeking the presidency, and their ‘crimes’ extend far beyond their dismantling of the Constitution they were sworn to defend.
According to recent statistics:
29 members of congress have been accused of spousal abuse.
7 have been arrested for fraud.
19 have been accused of writing bad checks.
117 have bankrupted at least two businesses.
3 have been arrested for assault.
71 have credit reports so bad they can't qualify for a credit card.
14 have been arrested on drug-related charges.
8 have been arrested for shoplifting.
21 are current defendants in lawsuits.
And in 1998 alone, 84 were stopped for drunk driving, but released after they claimed Congressional immunity.
It pays to be a member of ‘the elite’. You get to author and enforce the ever-more-tyrannical rules that the masses must obey, and yet you deem yourself conveniently above the law. One of the primary causal factors in the creation of our form of government was to eliminate kings and queens. It appears that that particular factor has been declared passé.
Since there are 535 ‘leaders’ serving in the house and senate, the majority of them have committed crimes – some of them serious – that you or I wouldn’t dream of committing.
If you grabbed 535 American citizens off the street of a random small town in the midwest (the ‘heart of America’), do you think the percentage in that random sample who have committed any one of the above crimes would come anywhere near to approaching the percentage committed by our ‘leadership’ in Washington? A rhetorical question, if I ever heard one.
Then why have we placed such people in positions of great power over us? (… she says, scratching her head in frustrated disbelief).
As a people, we are collectively more moral, more honest, and more faithful to our Founders’ vision, than are those who believe they possess the credentials to lead us. And that sorry -- potentially deadly -- state of affairs has come into existence because (1) as a people, we are apathetic and uninformed, and (2) those seeking leadership positions in the highest levels of our government consider themselves to be members of an elite class whose superior qualifications destine them the right to dictate how the rest of us should live. They are personally and politically agenda-driven megalomaniacs, pathological liars, and they believe themselves answerable to no one, including their Creator.
As a free republic we are on the road to ruin. Without a rude awakening even more powerful than that which occurred on 9/11, the most moral and prosperous civilization in the history of mankind is in the process of writing its own gruesome epitaph.