Thursday, July 4, 2013
Have we become a nation of men?
That is the question I pose on this July 4th, 2013. Have we surrendered our loyalty to the Constitution to become a nation of men who pick and choose which laws we will defend and which we will ignore? Or do we remain a nation of laws where the laws are larger than any man, whether he be rich man, poor man, beggar man thief, doctor, lawyer, Indian chief. If we were to judge the activities of our government of late you might have to conclude we have become a nation of men. Whether it's the Executive Branch's failure to obey and defend the Constitution and the laws that govern the various departments in the bureaucracy. Or, the Legislative Branch's failure to follow its own procedures to produce a budget and keep the bureaucracy in check. Or, the Judicial Branch's penchant to rule in a vacuum as if men, women and the nation were not affected by the decisions they make. I have always been an optimist about our nation, but I must admit that on this Independence Day, pessimism is getting the better of me.