There is no doubt that the key leader’s jobs in Washington including the President and the major legislators are complex and demanding. But over the last few months we have witness a pattern of disturbing scenarios; i.e. a foreign policy that deals with problems by coming from behind rather than taking action before the situation becomes impossible, two political parties who cannot debate or negotiate a bipartisan solution on any problem, finger pointing to arm chair quarter backing that fosters the attitude that I am right on this issue and you just don’t get it, and an increase rise in scandals within various government agencies resulting from the lack of control and indifference by key leaders in charge who are apparently disengaged in every day operations. To the world and other countries we appear to be confused, indecisive, weak, and out of control.
By lack of effective leadership, Washington is fostering an attitude that varies from disgust to indifference for voters who are coping with their own everyday problems of finding a job, facing increases in the cost of living while coming under more government control and red tape each day.
Great leadership requires a vision for the future that is both meaningful and logical while instilling a sense of direction that the average citizen can understand and support. We have had this kind of leadership in the past by being lucky enough in finding the right person at the right time to handle the problems. But history also shows that even these leaders faced criticism but stayed the course which eventually resulted in moving the country forward.
Over the years our government has grown in size and will continue to grow as long as the majority of voters require more support from their government by refusing to accept the premise of making and accepting the responsibility for their own decisions. Whether you believe that this is the right or wrong direction for the country (considering the possibility of eventually losing your individual liberty) it’s going to be a problem that will have to be resolved in a democratic manner over the next decade.
The democratic progress requires that political parties negotiate their differences which is one our basic strengths where ideas and solutions are discussed in a manner that results in creative compromises. Those who believe that they are right in all cases and are unwilling to negotiate are actual fostering a government that essentially operates as a dictatorship.
Finally, no matter how you feel about the direction your country is taking, as voters you still have the last word. Even if you believe that you vote doesn’t count; the decision not to vote could be devastating. Can you imagine if everyone who happened to hold your views decided not to vote? As a citizen, stay engaged with the direction you country is taking and exercises your right to vote remembering in the final analysis the government is still accountable to you the voters.
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