Our government is divided into three branches for a reason. The Congress is supposed to be the voice of the people, enact laws to insure their safety and equality. The judical is to decide on the legality of the laws passed by Congress and make sure there is a separation of powers. The executive branch is to lead and present programs to Congress that will protect and enhance the lives of the people of the country.
Unfortunately the current situation is that Congress is divided upon party lines and even the Supreme Court is divided into conservative and libreal sides. But, the biggest failure is in the executive branch. We have a president whose term is embroiled in scandal after scandal and his defense is he did not know about the scandals, but will “get to the bottom” of them. It is hard to figure out how he will accomplish this, since most involved departments are run by the executive branch.
Ten months ago we had four Americans, including our ambassador, murdered in benghazi, libya. To date not a single person has been held accountable for this tragady. The president's spokesperson says “this is old news”. The former secretary of state retires to comtemplate a run for the presidency in 2016 and still no one is accountable.
The Department of Justice spies on a Fox News reporter and also taps the lines of AP reporters and editors, they say, to prevent national security leaks. Then Attorney General Eric Holder denies, under oath, any knowledge of this spying. However, when Edward Snowden steals and releases NSA secrets, this same Justice Dpartment fails to get Hong Kong, China or Russia to arrest and extradite him. Our president decides that its not his job to call the Russian or Chinese dictators about this international incident. Our esteem in the world has hit a new low, even Ecuador laughs at us.
Then we have the IRS targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exempt status. From this “transparent” presidency we have people in the IRS who were in charge taking the Fifth Amendment. We have a congressman on the committee investigating the IRS release useless data and then declare that the investigation should be over. The new head of the IRS submits a report that fails to answer any of the questions that were asked and even the outgoing head of the FBI, who was given the questions to be asked a week and a half in advance, did not know the answers when asked by the committee.
We have serious problems in the world. We will have to answer to our allies and our enemies shortly on our action or inaction in the Middle East, China's expansion desires, the so-called Russian “reset”, North Korea's and Iran's nuclar programs and worldwide terrorism.
In this country, unemployment is still high and the standard of living for many citizens unacceptable. Instead of job creating, our president is giving speeches on climate control and declaring war on carbon fuels. This certainly will not boost job creation. Our executive branch, and the president in particular, have been a huge disappointment to me. He seems to be only interested in his special interest groups: environmentalists; Hollywood; and unions. Even worse, he could just be incompetent. Either way we the people are the ones who suffer from the failure of our executive branch.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet