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Opaque is the New Transparency

An article about the lack of governmental transparency.

To quote our pop star president “Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”  He is without a doubt an eloquent speaker with his one-line wonders and charismatic preacher style presentations; but what do the American people really know about the workings at the White House these past four years?  Will we be privy to partake in the next four years or remain silent and submissive to the legislation, executive orders and “Whitewater-esk” scandals that merely get swept under the Presidential rug?  The American people are being treated as intellectually subpar to the statesmen that we put into office and we need to get mad.

Now that the hotly contested election is over, it is imperative that we start paying attention again.  So many people were submersed in the “my guys gotta win” sentiment that they missed or carelessly dismissed the cloud of chaos our government has been sunk neck deep in for far too long now.  Our government has played a game of give-aways all in the hopes of turning one American against another.   From threatening that women’s rights would be dismantled if they didn’t get free contraceptives to the disenfranchisement of blacks because we asked for voter ID (which incidentally the President had to show to vote).  From the evil executive money makers who hoard their dollars from the doers that made their business strong (even though they didn’t invest or take the risk of said business) to those here illegally taking a stand against the very people that would have been their welcoming neighbors...should they have come here honestly and stood in line like the rest of the legal immigrants. 

I have listened to the Left proclaim their victory and once again tout their transparency and willingness to work together.  I have heard the bells toll for a bipartisan solution to our many and mounting woes as a nation.  But the moment someone suggests that perhaps not all is as it should be or that the transparency seems not so transparent after all, they are branded a racist, a radical or a Right wing nut.  We can’t have it both ways my brothers and sisters.  We are either in this together as the Left so proudly proclaimed November 7th    or we are not.  Do not get sidetracked again as we move “forward” in this “transformation” of America.  If we don’t stand together we won’t stand for long.

Where was the outrage at the less than profound statement by Pelosi when they were pushing through their opaque agenda to ensure we all had insurance?  “We have to pass it before we can see what’s in it.”  That statement would be funny, if it wasn’t so detrimental to our already existing economic woes.  I wouldn’t argue that we need to reform healthcare; I would only argue that I would have hoped the guy I sent to Washington would have understood it before he voted yea.  I suppose their lack of voting themselves into the law played a role in their neglect to negotiate what was going to be in it...or to care for that matter.

Why isn’t anyone talking about the UN taxing Americans?  What was the outcome of “Fast and Furious”?  Do we know who was at fault or haven’t we formed enough committees yet to find out?  What did our President mean when he said to Russia, casually and quietly I might add, “I will have more flexibility after my re-election?”   Why didn’t he work on “The Dream Act” when he had a majority instead of pounding through an executive order right before the election?  What happened in Bengazi?  What’s going on with the UN Gun Control Treaty?  Why did Petreaus resign right before his testimony when we had a previous President who felt compelled to complete his term after getting caught with his pants down in the Oval Office?   I’m not condoning it, but what’s more important, answers to assassinated Americans or infidelities out of the office? Where is Israel in the scheme of things and why was Netanyahu treated like an enemy instead of an ally? How come Iran thought they could get away with trying to shoot down one of our drones and why didn’t we hear about that until after our elections?  Our battles between each other are fictitious and forced upon us by those that would prefer we didn’t know.   If we can put politics aside and not get caught up in defending our ideology we just might recognize the ridiculousness of our blind trust.   

Before you respond with the typical Bush bashing talking points —because that’s what they’re counting on — recognize that we are and have been out of the Bush Presidency for four years.  You are entitled to hate his policies, believe he ruined the economy and hang on the hope that Obama had it right the whole time.  This article is not questioning our economic status or how we attained it, but rather our “ignorance is bliss” behavior with our lack of questions and concerns over what we cannot see and what we’re being told we must accept. 

You don’t have to agree with my Conservative views; in fact you don’t even have to like me.  You can get angry with my article and insinuate in comments that I’m just another jaded Right winger that is woeful over a lost election.  Or you can see this for what it really is...a plea that we come together to demand that we get what we truly deserve...a transparent Presidency and governing body that proves to us that they have nothing to hide and only the best intentions for the people that put them in office to begin with.

In the essence of trying to stay up on the direction of our country you can look forward to weekly articles posted on Mondays about the goings on in Washington DC.  Please feel free to comment or post questions about something you heard about and I will be more than happy to look into it.

Sincerely,

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Rainbow November 13, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Karen, one of the problems I have with your right wing blog posts is that you (and ultra conservatives like Dale Murrish) come across as someone who only started to care about transparency (and politics for that matter) after George Bush left the white house. Karen, you strike me as someone who just recycles Tea Party talking points. Karen you seem to not care at all about the high crimes that happened in George Bush's White House. "There is yellow cake in Africa!" "There is without a doubt weapons of mass destruction in---wait for it---- Iraq!!!"Scooter Libby was convicted of committing a felony while serving the White House and Bush commuted the felon's prison sentence! Where was the outrage, Karen? Did you even follow politics then? Or did you wait till 'the Popstar' President won in 2008 before you became a fed up, patriotic American hellbent on restoring the Bill of Rights--just as long as it doesn't include freedom of religion? It's hard for independents to take you seriously Karen because your rage and anger comes across as fake and recycled and utterly partisan.
Rainbow November 13, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Karen, why don't you and your people stop wondering how/why 4 Americans were killed by a mob of militant Muslims in a war torn country and start talking about the fact that since those 4 people died at least a dozen American soldiers put a gun in their own mouths and ended their nightmare in the Middle East? How many American lives have been absolutely destroyed by these Republican wars? With 200-300 military suicides a year we are close to having more Americans die from self-inflicted suicide in the Middle East than Americans who died in terrorist attacks on 9/11. And that is just active soldiers. How many American veterans kill themselves every day? 18, Karen!!!!!! Eighteen American veterans commit suicide each and every day! And you don't care enough to blog about it. Karen, are you waiting for Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly to show outrage before you blog about this devastating issue? http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local-military/veteran-suicide-after-returning-home/nSPW5/ "Opaque is the New Transparency, and War & Fear Mongering is the Republican way!"
Karen Blaisdell November 13, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Dear Rainbow, (Really wish I had a real name) My apologies if my musings make you believe that I am raging or too angry to have an intelligent conversation about our quandary as a country. I can assure you I am by no means fake and have not recycled any talking points, rather am bringing attention to some of my own concerns. As far as the Tea Party goes, while I have nothing bad to say about them, neither am I or have I been associated with them in any way shape or form. So if, by chance, the talking points seem relevant to their cause I can assure you it is purely by accident. As far as my political views and the idea that they only came on the seen post Bush era; you would be severely mistaken, I was just as passionate about them then. However, at the time I was stuck in an abusive marriage to a man who often times used my name incessantly, much like yourself, in the hopes of belittling me. It worked back then, not so much now. At that time I didn't have the venue, time or wherewithal to add my opinion, but thankfully I do now. I would like to state that in my original post, I made mention that there would be Bush complaints for which I would be willing to suggest might be fair, however that is the past. We cannot change the past, we can only change the course we are currently taking and so it is irrelevant. I did notice that you didn't bother to expand on what I had written as your ideology got in the way of acknowledging our current problems.
Karen Blaisdell November 13, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Part II I would love to hear your intelligently thought out opinions on the matters at hand...if you care to. As far as your statement about the Bill of Rights and my lack of participation in freedom of religion, I can't even begin to imagine where you formulated that idea. If it was from an earlier post here on Patch, I can assure you it was a misunderstanding and or a misrepresentation of what I actually wrote and I would love the opportunity to clarify. I do believe there has been an attack on freedom of religion, primarily the religion that founded this nation...Christianity...but that's for another article. In closing, I am a Conservative and I say that with pride. I do not try to hide that from my posts or my readers. I have been trying to find some sense of middle ground to appeal to a broader audience and try to get people discussing issues that all Americans should be concerned about, because in the end it affects us all. It may be difficult to face the articles that question your ideology or the people that were voted in based on that ideology; but I can assure you that it won't be one sided as I get into more articles. Sincerely,
Karen Blaisdell November 13, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Dear Rainbow, (We meet again) My concerns are for all soldiers, those currently serving and our veterans and including the 2 dead Seals in Bengazi. I am passionate about supporting them and am thankful that they protect mine and my children's freedom. There has never been a time when I've seen a soldier or veteran in public forum that I didn't stop to take the time to shake their hands and thank them for their service. Perhaps Rainbow, the sequestration signed into law by our current President and used as a game piece by our Congress should be looked at. At almost a half a trillion dollars in cuts, some of that money could be used for mental health, which is clearly lacking for our men and women serving this country. As far as Republican wars, they were agreed upon in a bipartisan manner, so I don't think it would be completely honest to utilize that term...of course we are all entitled to our opinions...even you Rainbow. I was unaware of the statistics you pointed out regarding the suicide rate with our soldiers and it is a travesty indeed. I do believe it warrants some discussion and will work on an article bringing attention to it soon. Thank you for the information. Sincerely,

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