Will the Empire Fall?

America is great because of our constitutional republic, our system of checks and balances, our system of justice based on the rules of law, the presumption of innocence, the right to a fair trial and other protections demanding the government to uphold the rights of citizens. America is also great because we are free to pursue any dream or ambition, and all this is because we have economic freedom supported by a governing structure that exists according to the consent of the governed. The government  works for us if we are diligent enough to hold it accountable.

I strongly believe that these tenets of American greatness are in a free-fall that could ultimately doom our great empire. While there are many reasons for the fall of the Roman empire, there are three (3) that parallel what we are experiencing in America today:

  1.  Political Corruption –   The IRS’ targeting scandal over Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status for which the mastermind (Lois Lerner) walked away free and clear after pleading the 5th.  What ever happened to the investigation of the “Fast and Furious” gun walking operation which Congress held Attorney General Holder in contempt?  All of these corruptions have been buried and forgotten as much the Benghazi attack has. Other examples include the Democratic party trying to swing the nomination in Hillary Clinton’s favor and obtaining debate questions in advance; the Veteran’s Administration scandal of 2014; acting Attorney General, Sally Yates’ choosing insubordination over resignation regarding the President’s immigration order in order to  serve a political agenda, and Loretta Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton on the tarmac in Phoenix to ensure that Hillary was not prosecuted over the handling of classified email..  The list can go on and on. I can’t wait to know what left-over Obama administration political appointees have done to sabotage the Trump agenda. For example, did Sally Yates know about surveillance being conducted against potential members of the Trump administration, and disclose that information to others.
  2. Fiscal Irresponsibility – Even though our financial health is a ticking time-bomb, there is absolutely no attention being paid by our elected officials to reduce the size of the annual budget deficit and the massive debt obligation of $19 trillion.  The government continues to spend way beyond its means in order to protect pork-barrel projects, congressional re-elections (we need term limits), the bloated government payroll, and more than generous social welfare programs, including cell phones “for all”.
  3. Focus on the Wrong Priorities –  Instead of focusing on the economy, debt reduction, tax reform, the terrorism threat, illegal immigration, the decline in military preparedness, and sky-rocketing health care costs, our elected officials are more concerned with dividing the country along race, gender, and ethnic lines, fueling liberal media falsehoods, stalling cabinet appointment approvals, and demanding that Kelly Anne Conway be subjected to an ethics investigation, after already receiving a reprimand (because she sarcastically endorsed Ivanka Trump’s clothing line!!).

Unless we as citizens do something to elevate the level of accountability in the short run (NOW), our empire is destined to fall in the long run.