Op-Ed: A government by the party, of the party, and for the party(The White House/Flickr) View from Marine One
The credibility of the Congress of the United States has sunk to an unacceptable level. Our system of voting has been corrupted by a few very wealthy individuals who wish to influence the way this country is to be run. Millions of Americans across the country suspect that many of our elected representatives in Washington have been corrupted by bribery.
The election and re-election of Barack Obama and the chaos that erupted during our last presidential election show cause for a dynamic change in Washington.
For some reason, many Americans were duped into supporting Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency. Without repeating the details, America should now be well-aware that the Clintons cannot be trusted to hold office in our government. Even with an enormous effort to corrupt the voting process in an attempt to ensure Clinton’s election, Trump was chosen by the people.
Normally and historically, the losing political party has been able to deal with the defeat of their candidate and move on. However, after eight years under the leadership of a President “hell bent” to destroy the coveted image of the great nation that we once were; a President who blatantly misused the powerful Executive Order privilege of the office of the President to achieve his personal agenda; a President who deliberately dismantled our Armed Forces to dangerously inadequate levels, the current losing Party decided to make it its mission in life to discredit the incoming President and to thwart his every move to repair the damage done by the Obama presidency.
The Obama administration turned back the clock so far that the incoming administration may not be able to effect sufficient “damage control” needed to allow America to regain its former position in the world order.
We must force a “turnaround” in the Congress. We, the People, must quickly begin the tedious task of separating the “chaff from the wheat” and re-create that once esteemed legislative body within the Congress that unequivocally believes in a government “of the People, by the People, and for the People.”
The political parties are simply tools for the American people. Senators and representatives alike must accept the awesome responsibility of ensuring that the will of the people is the ultimate goal of the Congress of the United States. Each member of Congress must take the Oath that demands them to put aside their personal feelings and fully support the will of the people. Senators and representatives must accept the fact that they are the “spokespersons” for the people living in their District!
For a longer time than we care to admit, the parties have totally ignored the will of the people and have been making decisions based on the parties’ individual agendas. It is time to “break up” the powerful “cliques” that are deciding how this country is to be run.
When we elect someone to represent us in Washington, we want their voices to be heard. The “power grid” of the parties rules the roost and dictates to less powerful members of Congress, especially the newly elected members, how they must vote on issues that come before them.
The desires of the people are being overridden by the personal desires of the cliques in Congress.
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Brooks Outland is a Korean and Vietnam war veteran. He volunteered to serve in Vietnam because he was keen to help the people of South Vietnam keep their freedom and their country from communist takeover by the North. After retiring, Brooks and his wife spent eight years volunteering aboard his old battleship, the USS Missouri (BB-63), before returning to the mainland in Arkansas in 2015.