Friday, February 19, 2010

Is The United States Governable?

With the people of the United States held hostage to competing political ideologies, and the nation drifting from a lack of  real executive leadership, it is understandable why so many believe we are becoming a nation that cannot be governed by the system left us by our nations framers.

I admit to occasionally wondering myself if this just might be true. However, on better days, when not questioning the very desire of our nations will to retain our liberties, I know it is simply a bogus thought engineered by those who would advocate for a stronger authoritarian approach to government.

The system devised so painstakingly by men by far more intelligent and enlightened than any in government today has stood the test of 233 years. Successfully.... and in the process allowed the people to create the most influential, prosperous, and powerful nation in thew world. To do required a belief in principals found in our founding documents and wise and steady leadership.

The following excerpt  is taken from Charles Krauthammer's opinion column in todays Washington Post.

"Then came Ronald Reagan, and all that chatter disappeared.

The tyranny of entitlements? Reagan collaborated with Tip O'Neill, the legendary Democratic House speaker, to establish the Alan Greenspan commission that kept Social Security solvent for a quarter-century.

A corrupted system of taxation? Reagan worked with liberal Democrat Bill Bradley to craft a legislative miracle: tax reform that eliminated dozens of loopholes and slashed rates across the board -- and fueled two decades of economic growth.

Later, a highly skilled Democratic president, Bill Clinton, successfully tackled another supposedly intractable problem: the culture of intergenerational dependency. He collaborated with another House speaker, Newt Gingrich, to produce the single most successful social reform of our time, the abolition of welfare as an entitlement." 

Mr Krauthammer's point is that we have suffered from a lack of real leadership for all but 16 of the last 34 yeas. A point that is as correct as it ought to be evident.

Leadership aside for a moment, it could be the agenda of the current administration has failed because the people actually understand that healthcare in it's current form, cap and trade, and an ill advised bailout and stimulus package is not good for the country.

Mr. Krauthammer says it better than I. Read the rest of his thought provoking column here.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: The Washington Post


  1. Obviously the title of your post is a rhetorical question, answered by Chuck K. I would simply answer the question this way, if you asked me "is the U.S. governable?" ....'not by liberals. Only adults in the executive office can make the country work, and that usually requires a conservative.'

  2. Fredd - Excellent point. To a very large degree I am in agreement.

    If those conservatives are of sound fiscal mind and responsibility and without the desire to grow government via the military industrial complex.


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