I do not plan on making any promises that I may not keep. Thus, no New Year’s Resolutions. There are, however, some things that I would definitely like to see change in the upcoming year.
For one thing, I would like to spend more time reading and writing. This blog has taken a back seat to other activities and that needs to be remedied.
There is much going on in America and around the world that will impact our country greatly. For instance ……
The “Affordable Care Act” aka “Obamacare”. This has all the earmarks of a major train wreck, in addition to being a key component of the Emperor’s plans to convert one of the world’s success stories into just another Banana Republic socialist utopia. Thanks in great part to the blind support of the entitlement crowd and their Liberal enablers, Barry the Magnificent may just manage to slide this atrocity through long enough to make it impossible to correct. On the other hand, perhaps once the taxpayers come to understand that this costly monstrosity will fail to provide the level of health care that they are used to while requiring them to carry the cost of the program on their backs only, plus millions of them losing their current health care plans that they were perfectly satisfied with, may provoke enough dissatisfaction to generate a groundswell of demand for Congress to attend to the will of the people.
That, of course, would require Congress to do the job for which it was elected. Since a majority of the Legislative Branch now consists of members of the Permanent Political Class whose main focus is on determining what actions they must take to maintain their privileged positions, such devotion to the good of the general public is questionable, at best. And this will not change as long as we keep electing the same people who continue to approach problems in the same fashion, which results in producing the same ineffective results.
All of this prancing and posturing is hardly going unnoticed by other nations of the world and the circle of vultures is tightening while our onetime allies are seriously considering arrangements that do not depend on the goodwill and assistance of the United States.
We face problems both domestic and foreign and our current “leadership” has proven grossly inadequate to the challenge. Their reactions to catastrophic events such as Benghazi and accelerating issues such as overwhelming debt, government intrusion into the private lives of its citizens, increasing lawlessness and Executive Branch misbehavior has been characterized by falsehoods, ennui and stonewalling.
Leadership is not to be effected from “behind”, nor is it determined through pandering to special interests, nor through the redistribution of wealth to a favored few and their adoring recipients by government largess provided through an ever-increasing flow of taxpayers’ money. Leadership is not built upon lies, arrogance, perfidy and selfishness.
Thomas Sowell is one of my favorite commentators and in a recent piece he came out strongly in favor of term limits. I have read numerous liberal complaints about how we “do not live in a democracy” and indeed I must agree. We live in a Representative Republic, explicitly formed to be the result of the ongoing participation of its citizenry in determining what best results in the good of all. That means a place for everyone “under the tent”; Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Conservatives, Progressives, Liberals, Libertarians, all with a voice to be heard. But until the Permanent Political Class is dissolved, such true equality will not be achieved.
Dr. Sowell is correct.
I am not going to wish my readers a “Happy New Year”. But I do hope that it turns out to be a better one than the past has proved to be. And that, my readers, is up to us.