The American Dilemma and How We Can Fix It

A HOUSE DIVIDED

Divide and conquer – it’s an old military strategy.  Focus on segmenting an opponent’s armies and then overpower the parts with superior force thus gaining victory.  It has worked for the millennia in which mankind has ceaselessly engaged in war.  And the reverse works equally as well.

If an army or a nation pits one part of itself against the other, we not only open the door but encourage others to overwhelm us.  And we are engaged in just that process here and now in America.

If there is one singular reason that I hope that President Obama serves only one term as President it is because of his philosophy of characterizing Americans not as a people but as multiple distinct groups – and because his strategy for re-election and perhaps governing, is to pit these groups against each other.

Sadly, among the world of American politicians, President Obama is not alone.

Enter U. S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R) MN and her recent charges that a congressman from her state, Rep. Keith Ellison (D) MN has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.  And she further alleges that the Secretary of State’s aide, Huma Abedin is involved with that organization.  Congresswoman Bachmann believes it is the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood to overthrow the government of the United States.

We would all agree that any organization with that goal is something that we should vigorously oppose.  And we should certainly not want people whose purpose was to overthrow the government to be in positions of power within it.

But I can’t help wonder – what is it about several of our northern-most states that creates a Michelle Bachmann or a Senator Joseph McCarthy?  I admire their fervor but wish that it were directed in positive ways.

There are laws in this land about making specious and false accusations about others which are without basis or fact.  It’s called slander.  And the Congresswoman should know this as one of our elected representatives.  So if she has evidence, by all means bring that to light.  Otherwise, be silent and do the right thing which is to apologize to those whom she has wronged.

If you are not familiar with the famous exchange between Joseph P. Welch, defending one of his attorneys who was accused of being a communist, from the attack which Senator McCarthy launched against him, you would do yourself a service by watching this video:

You may remember that Congresswoman Bachmann briefly was a contender for the Republican nomination for president.  The members of that party, in view of her recent behavior, made a wise choice in rejecting her candidacy.

We need leaders in this country who can provide hope and guidance and who understand that “A house divided will not stand.”  Ms. Bachmann has shown that she is not of that stature.

Comments on: "A HOUSE DIVIDED" (9)

  1. Yes, except that KGB and East German Stasi documents captured after the cold war indicate that McCarthy was in most, if not all, cases correct. He was a drunk and not a good presenter, and capable of incredible indescretions though.

    My reading, and listening to the man, tells me that while Ellison may not be a menber, he certainly is what we used to call a fellow traveler. As to Humedin, I haven’t seen much, but I have seen several independent sources which indicate that her mother is married into Brotherhood (fairly high) leadership. In no case, in either situation enough for a conviction but, enough for probable cause to start a real investigation.

    As for Bachmann, I like her but, do not believe she is of presidential caliber or experience, as others are, so I never was her supporter.

  2. I agree with you completely on this issue. Congresswoman Bachmann is obviously a well educated woman as she is fond of reminding everyone. However well educated and philosophically sound are not synonyms as the Aurora gunman clearly demonstrates.

    Congresswoman Bachmann is a clear example of what is wrong with Congress and government in general in terms of doing the people’s business. She is divisive, uncompromising on ideology regardless of facts, and she exhibits traits that clearly favor mysticism and faith over reason and science.

    All of this contrasts poorly with the enlightened view and philosophy of the majority of our founders whose words serve as the mortar that bathed and now struggles to hold together the bricks of our Republic’s foundation – the United States Constitution, and in my view, the more important document, the Declaration of Independence.

    In my view, her hyper-morality and poor judgment makes her unfit for a seat in Congress, but that is for the people of Minnesota to determine for themselves. For other reasons, I would find Representative Ellison and many others equally unfit to serve a broad array of constituents on an even broader array of issues of national importance. But that only begs the question, how did they get elected and become the favorites of their electorates?

    Were they the best available choices, or have we come to the point Jefferson both foresaw and feared enough to leave behind a warning voiced as a concern:

    “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” (as cited in Padover, 1939, p. 89)

    “. . . whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that, whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them right.” (as cited in Padover, 1939, p. 88)

    Are we now capable of “setting those things right that have gotten so far wrong as to notice”? I hope so, because the alternative is too grim to consider at this point in time.

  3. Congresswoman Bachmann is merely an intransigent symptom of a much deeper disease that infests what I frequently refer to as Imperial Washington. A good start would be passing a Constitutional ammendment requiring that all members of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government should be bound equally by the laws that Congress enacts for others. That it was that way when deTocqueville wrote “Democracy in America” and that is what differentiated this great experiment from the European monarchies has been lost. It might actually cause them to give intelligent thought to the laws they pass.

  4. I come here each time anticipating the commentary on what happens behind the closed doors of the political system.

    • If I truly knew what was “behind the closed doors of the political system” and broadcast it, I’m sure that I wouldn’t be writing this blog as I would be in jail.

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