The Right Stuff will be a series of topical columns to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues.
The founders of this nation debated whether the citizens were adequately educated to remain a republic. Obviously they were and did. Foreign diplomats wrote stories of the impressive knowledge that average citizens had about local government. Today’s world has changed.
Our objective is to promote interest among voters to separate fact from opinion or fiction. It is time for voters to demand representatives who promote the founding principles of our country at every level of government.
Our columns will not be limited by party affiliation. We will examine a variety of issues and positions that are critical to our county.
We’ve all likely heard this: “All politics is local.” Regardless of whatever the president does or says (we know his history of truth bending and law changing with the flourish of his pen or dialing of his phone), the fact is the responsibility all comes back to our local elected representatives. Sadly, whatever the president says, they will abide by it; they have been firmly behind the Affordable Care Act and the lies used to excuse scandals.
Our president would not be able to behave as if he were king, were it not for the elected legislators who blindly and in lock step, support all of his actions. Few of our elected officials have had the courage to take the president on for exceeding his authority and violating his oath of office. Nowhere in the Constitution is the authority to, out of hand, change law without working with Congress.
In the 2008 campaign, candidate Barack Obama chastened President George W. Bush about his use of executive orders and also said that his own presidency would be the most ethical in history. Additionally, he criticized President Bush for the Iraq war, while he (Barack Obama) thought the “just war” was in Afghanistan.
The Associated Press has reported that “Afghanistan is disregarding the heated American protests” and is releasing 65 accused militants from a former U.S. prison there. What can you expect? Small countries must look for future survival. America failed to support Georgia’s appeal from Russian takeover, surrendered European security by canceling the missile radar defense program in Poland, and now has violated the American Treaty to protect Ukraine from Russian invasion.
Democracies and liberty expanded greatly after World War II with America defending them. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was smart enough to establish a long-term occupation of Germany until the Nazis and Hitler Youth lost their power. Obama disregarded history and removed our defensive forces in Iraq immediately after winning control; American military casualties for the defensive force needed would have been rare, but the jihadist bombings have accelerated, killing few Iraqis in 2010, 3,500 in 2012, 7,100 in 2013 and twice that rate this year. The appearance is that President Hamid Karzai has little or no respect for our president. With America no longer the defender of liberty, small nations must and will plan first for survival at the expense of liberty.
There is little a voter can do at this time to remove the president, but every one of our elected officials, at some time, will again face the voters. It is your right and responsibility to ask these officials if they are still in lock step with our president or do they have some points that they disagree with and if they do, are they willing to voice their objections.
Mr. Elected Official, now is the time to fish or cut bait!
Rod Keck is a Fairfield resident and member of The Right Stuff Committee, a committee of the Solano County Republican Party. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.