Trust is vitally important
Whether you are in a family, business or other type of relationship, trust is a key element.
It is most important for all citizens to be able to trust our government and its leader when they present policies that affect all of us. In today’s rapidly changing environment, we are faced with many proposals and options that are far too often not clearly understood by a broad cross section of our population. Unfortunately, the current administration seems to lack the ability of being straightforward with the public when questionable situations arise, and as a result, trust in the government is placed in jeopardy.
The first example began in the early stages of the Obama administration, when the president stated in his discussion of the health care plans that, if this proposal became law, you could keep your current plan and your doctor if you preferred to do so. As time passed and the bill became law, the president reemphasized this and finalized it by saying all of this was true, period.
We also were emphatically told that we would receive significant premium reductions without losing any of the coverage that we had. Unfortunately, none of these statements was accurate and it became apparent that this was known prior to these statements being made to the public.
While these unpleasant circumstances were swirling around us, we found that the National Security Agency (NSA) was accumulating our phone calls and emails. Originally we were told this was only being done on suspected terrorists — in other words another falsehood. Without a doubt, this is an invasion of our individual privacy.
Next, there was an accusation that conservative non-profits were being hassled by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), when they applied to seek non-profit tax status. The response from the IRS was that a rogue group of agents in Cincinnati was responsible. After questioning various IRS senior officials, denials of any wrongdoing were expressed. However, the IRS commissioner resigned and the key official who was responsible for the oversight of this application procedure, Lois Lerner, refused to testify and took the Fifth Amendment. The president expressed outrage and stated that he would get to the bottom of this situation, but this problem still exists today. Again, trust and accountability are lacking.
This situation was still whirling around when the tragic September 11 attack on Benghazi took the lives of our ambassador and three other brave Americans. Outrage was again expressed, but as of this date, the perpetrators of this organized attack have never been apprehended.
This is difficult to understand as CNN and other news agencies have interviewed some of the most serious suspects. To make matters much more suspect, the administration had the gall to have our UN representative, Susan Rice, speak on five different Sunday shows saying that this incident was caused by an unflattering video of Muslims. Still two weeks after the September 11 incident, the president in an address to the United Nations again blamed the attack in Benghazi on this video.
It should also be remembered that as the caskets of the four dead American were received back into this country, the then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, also blamed the video for the tragedy. It is a fact that those on the ground, the CIA and military in the African Command all knew this was an organized terrorist attack, yet our administration continued to distort the truth. Obviously, we can clearly see a consistent pattern of deception, but now let us go further in this discussion of obstructing the truth.
The revelation of mismanagement and blatant fraud by officials of the Veterans Administration (VA) burst on to the scene. Originally, it was just in Phoenix, where approximately 40 veterans died unnecessarily while awaiting proper treatment. Then little by little, this scandal grew to 26 VA hospitals and now the current number is 46. Our president learned of this situation in the news. It is hard to comprehend this as reality as he had repeatedly said as far back as 2008 that it was a priority of his administration to examine and correct the problems that existed at the VA.
We have been told that he was madder than hell. However, it took more than two weeks for him to fire the sacrificial lamb, General Shensiki. He has done little or nothing to put forward plans to correct and alleviate this disgusting lack of follow-through. Both Democrats and Republicans share their frustrations with this situation.
Finally, all of us have now been exposed to the Rose Garden recognition of Sgt. Bergdahl’s parents and gratitude to the Taliban with the exchange of five members of their leadership. To cast additional veracity on this, Susan Rice, now the National Security Advisor, told the Sunday talk shows that Sgt. Bergdahl had served his country with honor and distinction. As more and more information emerges, it is obvious that, at best, Bergdahl was a deserter, and possibly a collaborator with the Taliban. Some may question this, but I ask you to consider that he left his outpost by going under the fence at his facility in rugged enemy territory with only food, water, a change of clothing and a cell phone. A note left by him expressed his disgust of the army and that he was considering relinquishing his American citizenship and wanted to start a new life. It is indeed frustrating to see the lack of honesty and the continued non-existence of accountability of anyone involved in this series of events.
Bear in mind I have not emphasized the total incompetent rollout and the weak excuses that followed of the “Affordable” Care Act, the phone tapping of the news services or the wire tapping of Fox reporter James Rosen and his family as other evidences of bending the truth.
A responsible leader builds confidence by exercising sound judgment and when errors occur expresses humility, asks for understanding and then provides corrective action. Frankly, it is difficult for me to understand how anyone with basic common sense can accept this maze of unanswered and uncorrected problems. It is obvious that truth to the American people is seriously lacking, but incompetence and arrogance are exhibited in abundance as well. Trust is earned by performance and not by having a fawning press that provides accolades or a group of Hollywood elites praising your efforts.
Frankly, I have enjoyed about all of this I can stand. What is your opinion? Have you had enough yet?
Another View is contributed by a group of concerned citizens, who meet each week in the Midcoast to discuss events of public interest.