Back in November, Americans all over the country came out in thousands to voice their displeasure for the present government. Those who cast their ballots voted emphatically to give the Republicans control of both Houses of Congress. The debate which continues throughout the beltway, on the internet and on all cable news shows is whether Americans were more voicing their anger against ineffective government or screaming for the Republican philosophy of government?
The terrible truth is that both of these conclusions are true. The present Republican Party’s underlying philosophy is that government is ineffective and inefficient, so the less government the better. What more perfect way to prove your point than to make the very entity which you consider ineffectual, as unproductive as possible?
With every wasted vote, useless legislation, lack of compromise, alternative not offered, and underfunded department not performing its duties, the Republicans stand poised to point their finger at how government does not help the average American. They embrace the moment to tell the American people, “I told you so…Government is not the answer.”
I guess as long as President Obama is still in the White House they can continue to propagate this message, as if there is a choice. But at some point there will be a time when they can no longer hide behind the notion that President Obama is to blame for bad government. The Republicans will have to make government work again for the people, because even the most conservative tea party candidate knows that we need government.
From our very beginnings as a nation, government was the means by which we created the greatest nation on earth. Government acted as the mechanism we utilized to bring America together and showed the will of the people. James Madison wrote about its purpose; Thomas Jefferson campaigned for its establishment; George Washington armed it so we could gain our independence; Abraham Lincoln used it to end our darkest moment; Franklin D. Roosevelt invoked its reach to get us out of the depression; Harry S. Truman summoned its resolve to fight off all comers; and Dwight D. Eisenhower called on it to lead us into our modern age.
Government has been our conduit to brighter tomorrows. I just hope that the Republicans realize the burden they are trying to undertake, and somewhere in their philosophical underpinnings there are ideas that will make government work. All we have to do is look to the Middle East and we will be able to witness countries that do not have governments, and are led by one radical fanatical group after another. Those citizens would relish the purposefulness of our government, so do not discard its efficacy too quickly.