President Obama recently nominated James Comey as director of the FBI. He said, praising him, “To know Jim Comey is also to know his fierce independence and his deep integrity. Like Bob, he’s that rarity in Washington sometimes—he doesn’t care about politics, he only cares about getting the job done. At key moments, when it’s mattered most, he joined Bob in standing up for what he believed was right. He was prepared to give up a job he loved rather than be part of something he felt was fundamentally wrong. As Jim has said, ‘We know that the rule of law sets this nation apart and is its foundation.'”
Well that’s awfully damned magnanimous and self-sacrificing of good ol’ Jimmy boy… except he didn’t leave! He stayed with the Justice Department for another year, even though he was certainly and undoubtedly aware of their continued efforts in the monitoring of the personal records of millions of Americans without the legal authority to do so. And, I might add, in direct contradiction to the Constitutional rights of those being targeted. Apparently the straight-out-of-their-ass legal theories proposed by the NSA’s attorneys was enough to keep our man “Jimmy boy” at his post. Oh! But that’s all right. As Jim has said, “We know that the rule of law sets this nation apart and is its foundation.”
And Snowden is the big threat to our country while Comey is practically heralded as a hero? The latter having bent over in order to kiss the backside of those who dictate the house’s rules. So according to the values of politics, he’s the one they praise. While the former saw something wrong and pissed all over their parade by bringing it to our attention. And now he’s the one on the run.
Do these and other most recent events ever make us wonder in general what it is that’s wrong with the present course of our government and the manner in which it is being led by the current administration, or specifically the way our elected officials view the world and their evident prerogative to do as they see fit regardless of the oft times legal and moral authority dictating contrary to their actions?
Evidently the way our elected officials view the world and the role they see that government has in it has changed dramatically in the last 50-some odd years. Changed so dramatically and effortlessly that it is the sort of thing that kind of makes this contributor think perhaps the mechanism(s) for our present day conundrum was already in the works, even way back when, but the trap had yet to be sprung.
The philosophy and ideals of our elected leaders are no longer in sync with the philosophy and ideals of the majority of Americans that I know and respect. Perhaps this is by reason of our collective lack of attention to important matters. Or perhaps it is by reason of the core fabric of our nation having changed course to the present direction. Now there is a thought to consider!
In the words of one who I believe to be among the last great American leaders, a man who genuinely—and I might add heroically—dedicated and ultimately surrendered his life for the values and precepts of our great nation:
“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
I leave the answer to that question up to your individual dictates of conscience.
One additional thought to consider. One which I have always thought prophetic:
“You can kill ten of our men for every one we kill of yours. But even at those odds, you will lose and we will win.” ―Hồ Chí Minh