The over all integrity of a nation will most immediately and powerfully be impacted by
the model presented by its leadership.
That modeling ought to be a natural attractor of attention - presenting to the people
affirmation of the height of its most significant values - or the depth of its apathetic depravity.
One of the greatest roles of national leadership is that of modeling the country’s
core values as ideas worthy of a city on a hill shining outward an immense beacon of hope for better things everywhere.
When that model fails, the beacon deteriorates into nothing more than the search light
at the gate of a prison compound the encloses crooks and captives. A search light driven by fear that seeks out even the most
minor dissenters hiding in the most obscure places who point out the consequences when citizens fall asleep.
The entire notion of our American republic with representative government is that citizens
can and do have a voice ...
... a voice its leadership must take seriously
... that American elected leadership is the last place the world should see lies, deception
and preferential treatment.
This current leadership crop will without a doubt be recorded and remembered as the worst
administration in our history. Worse, these leaders will be regarded as absolutely the most incompetent despite posing as
wise ones who act from a real understanding of how a nation is made great.
The vice president's silly constitutional justifications for refusing to act openly and
accountably on behalf of the people by attempting to justify an obscure and barely defensible constitutional point insults
Americans and abuses the American dream.
The president demonstrates the limited depth of his junior high school intellect when
his ability to act for the highest good of the country is nothing more than a denigration of national integrity in the name
of political and financial self interest.
There is nothing more appropriate than the process of impeachment. There is no civic action
more vital and timely that reinforcement of America's historical emphasis and trust on rule of law.
It is because of leaders like these that the idea of checks and balances and citizen ability
to override leadership irresponsibility was put in place.
Such is not an obscure constitutional point. It is a vital constitutional principle upon
which hang circumstances of much greater national well-being than the apathy that lets crooks and liars stay in place until
enough indifferent and lazy Americans take action to clean house in November 2008.