Concerns arise over America’s direction in the upcoming year

January 9, 2014
Robert McDowell

Again we come to the end of an old year and the beginning of a whole new year.

Many are inclined to totally forget the past and start with a clean slate.  That is a good idea, provided that the mistakes and successes of the past are remembered and entered into the decision-making process.  This serves to prevent repeating the mistakes that led to unhappiness or disaster or to (hopefully) have had some great success in the  past that can, by adapting to new circumstances, attain even greater ones in the coming year.

Admittedly, we are faced with some daunting challenges in the year 2014 – not the least of which is the election scheduled for November 4 in which the entire 435 seats in the House of Representatives and one-third of those in the U.S. Senate will be up for election.  A number of current members, particularly in the Senate, have already announced their retirement – thus leaving in each case an open seat.  As expected, we will be inundated with a continuing barrage of political campaign advertising which likely will begin no later than the first of March.

As Neal Boortz has repeatedly said during his many years regularly on talk radio: “Never believe anything you hear on this show unless you can verify it by another source, including your own observation.”  You can add to that “any other source” especially the national radio and TV networks and print “news” sources.

In my own experience, it has developed that any time there was an incident considered of newsworthy importance where I was involved or an observer, it appeared that the news reports were so nonfactual that the only resemblance to the truth was that such an incident had occurred.  Be forewarned and expend the energy and time to be informed.

My concern is at a very high level for the future of our great and wonderful nation because of the things that have occurred in the past four decades.  Even in the  last three weeks before Christmas, the Majority Leader in the Senate, Harry Reid, D-Nevada, pushed through a change in the Senate rules to allow the cessation of debate (read that filibuster) over presidential appointments to judicial positions by a simple 51 vote, rather than the previous 2/3rd’s vote in place for over 100 years.

Using that change the following week, they began approving, on a straight-party line vote, candidates for the panel in Washington that approves the constitutionality of rules issued by the myriad of bureaus, commissions, and authorities that then have the effect of laws that were passed by the Congress.

We also are observing a continuing attempt to lower the strength of our military by placing limits on the conduct of the personnel even in combat situations.  There also is a continuing forcing of  “social action” revisions that have a depressing effect on the morale of our troops and their effectiveness.  It seems to be a deliberate attempt on the part of the administration to weaken the influence of the United States in world affairs, or perhaps a subtle invitation to evil nations to decide to actually invade to change our form of government and destroy our freedoms.

A report has also surfaced that the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) has hired, as tenured employees, a large number of lawyers from various organizations which are openly opposed to closing our borders to illegal aliens and giving amnesty to those already here.  These individuals will not be able to be fired under a different administration that might have a more patriotic outlook toward the future.  In this case, it seems mandatory that the Civil Service laws enacted in the 1930s need to be repealed.  We must be alert and active in the coming year, and influence those we know in other areas to also vote to change the direction.

As Will Rogers said in 1927: “What a great difference in diplomatic relations an army and navy make!”