Foxes guarding the hen house

William T. Robinson, Jr.

William T. Robinson, Jr.

When is enough enough? And when will the American public demand justice without being played off, insulted, or duped by so many of our elected officials in Congress? I’m referring to those in Congress making excuses for, minimizing gross misconduct or conflicts of interest by our president and many of our elected officials?

It’s no doubt that lies and deception are wreaking havoc in covering up wrongdoing in administrative circles. There are still enough people wise enough to know that “alternative truths” are blatant lies regardless of the rhetoric they have been fed.

All one has to do is realistically evaluate the present wrongdoings and allegations against our current president and observe those all too eager to dilute or cover up these improprieties. There is evidence of collusion with Russian President Putin, improprieties as well as conflicts of interest in appointing certain advisors or staff, blatant threats made by the president to those opposing him, and downright lying to the public.

Regardless of the improprieties directed toward Trump, there is a continuum of loyal advocates who appear oblivious to any of his blatant shenanigans. It is apparent that he has surrounded himself with people who tell him what he wants to believe or whom he has connived into duping the public to believing his blatant falsehoods. It appears that questioning his authority isn’t an option, especially since he appears to have a propensity for being unable to apologize or admit defeat.

I guess I don’t understand the allegiance of some Republicans who are willing to undermine what is obviously in the best interests of the American people—as they continue to show adamant support for an out of control demagogue. I guess

I am foolish to think that morals and doing what is in the best interests of all Americans should trump party loyalty.

It appears that all branches of our government (executive, legislative, and judicial) fall short at times. They seem to be complicit or incompetent in their duties in adjudicating for the public to bring about due process by investigating the charges and practices of seemingly tainted and corrupt administrative practices. I say this because, when all is said and done, flagrant improprieties are all too often downplayed—with loopholes found to support those being charged, especially during in-house investigations by congressional committees investigating improprieties that could lead to dismissal, imprisonment, or even impeachment.

Many voters are now questioning the need for political parties, which harbor supporters refusing to compromise—many times undermining what is in the best interests of America as a whole. Where is the balance in representing the public views? It is only a display of ‘strong arm’ by the dominant party controlling Congress at the time in enacting their agenda.

When laws and policies are not given credence for their ability to best serve the American public, allegiance to political party and the country is often subjected to unfair and partial laws. The inability of our elected officials to work together and compromise makes them ineffective and detrimental in truly working in the best interests of our country’s citizens.

If many citizens had their way, Congress would be revamped, as well as local and state legislatures, firing all elected officials. It is the opinion of many Americans that far too many of our elected representatives are for the most part corrupt, opting to fulfill selfish personal agendas to attain economic wealth and power.

All too often, many elected officials seem to be out of touch with the very people they were elected to represent. It is the opinion of a growing number of citizens that Congress as well as local and state elected officials has become one big party of ‘quid pro quo’ in their exclusive clique as elected officials. One flavor for another doesn’t always best serve the public.

The public seems to be in a conundrum. The very ones they have investigating allegations of improprieties or wrongdoing by elected officials or administrative personnel are often the ‘foxes guarding the hen house.’ Too often those investigating allegations of wrongdoing subtly dilute or trivialize acts of improprieties against their fellow colleagues or those in their own clique—hoping the allegations will eventually disappear. It is all a game of going through a formality in which the outcome has already been decided.

It is not until the public demands outside and independent nonpartisan investigations that the American public will be better served. Honestly, anything less is an insult to the intellect of the American public. Making America better starts with being vigilant concerning the obvious, talking about it, and making productive changes to go forward in the best interests of all Americans.

The recent failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act may be a sign of hope that some of those guarding the hen house may be open to compromise, which may parlay into future wins for all Americans.

But what do I know? I’m just addressing the reality I see.