Monday, May 21, 2007

 

Why The Federal Government Is Failing

Since the announcement of the new immigration bill, many of us have ranted about its evils. While some of us have dissected and analyzed the bill and its ramifications more than others, all that misses the primary problem. We can't trust our federal government to do what is says what will do. We can't trust our federal government to do what it should do. And, we can't trust our federal government to "promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,..."

In basic management and administration classes, we all learn about purpose, goals and objectives. The preamble of the U.S. Constitution states the purpose of the federal government.
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
In this single, clear sentence lies everything the federal government should be striving to achieve. While the federal government may be meeting some of those goals, it is failing miserably on others.

Justice proves to be more and more elusive. With political correctness, protected classes, etc., the existence of equal justice before the law has, rightfully, become questioned.

But under even greater danger of being totally ignored is "promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,..." Is the federal government promoting the general welfare of those to whom it has its first obligation, the legal residents of this country? Is the federal government securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity? I question how many of the politicians in the federal government even care about such things, Republicans and Democrats alike.

The U.S. faces many potential shortages of natural resources in the near future. Shortages of water, the most plentiful substance on Earth as Dennis Miller says, are common in the western United States. Some apparently believe in shmoos and think we are a land of infinite resources. The Social Security system is already in crisis with no solid plan to rescue it.

Now the Senate has a "new" plan to solve the illegal immigration "problem." But what is the immigration problem? Is it that millions of citizens come into our country illegally, almost at will? Only partly. The essence of the problem, the "root cause," is that the U.S. federal government does not do its job. It does not meet its purpose.

Why do we need reform of immigration laws? Because the federal government failed to properly enforce the immigration laws if passed in the 1980s. Why did we need new immigration laws in the 1980s? Because the federal government failed to enforce the immigration laws in effect before then. And so forth.

The above explains why, in many ways, this immigration bill doesn't matter. Congress could pass a "perfect" immigration bill and it would probably fail to solve the "problem" because the problem is Congress itself and whomever is President. We have too many career politicians, money grubbers, and power seekers in federal government who could care less about the purpose of this country.

Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress,

The federal government is a tool designed to fulfill the purpose and goals outlined in the preamble of the U.S. Constitution. Secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. Meet those responsibilities first and then let's do everything we can for the rest of the world.

If you want me to support any legislation and believe in you, show me you can do your job. Presently, you're failing miserably.

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