The Arrogance of the Political Elites!

by Richard H. Frank

Over the past three weeks, my wife and I have, like many Americans, watched the trial of Casey Anthony being conducted in Orlando, Florida.  The Prosecution’s case is large circumstantial and wholly dependant upon the testimony of various forensic experts in the fields of anthropology and pathology, among others.  Needless to say, the opinions expressed by the prosecution’s experts is vehemently disputed by experts engaged by the defense to poke holes in the testimony presented.

Listening to the credentials of these experts and the vast experience they are purported to possess in their particular field of expertise, one cannot help but be impressed with the list of degrees, awards and publications.  In some instances, it takes up to 30 minutes to list these credentials in an attempt to solidify their position as an expert witness.  If you listen carefully it becomes apparent that they are all members of the same organizations, fraternities and in many instances are students of each other.  They are all cut from the same cloth, characterized by being academicians highly educated in the field of expertise, with practical experience that spans practically every conceivable set of circumstances.  They almost always agree upon the basic principles of the science they are experts in, but differ in the conclusions drawn from applying the principles of that science.

The characteristic they all share in common is a stubborn arrogance that they are right in their conclusions and that no other opinion but theirs is worth consideration.

Watching these proceedings, it struck me that the parallels between these men of science and our political leaders is striking.  I am certain that when these experts chose their field of endeavor they only sought to seek the truth and through their efforts improve the knowledge of mankind.  Most persons seeking political office enter the pursuit with some lofty goal to perpetuate the goal of our Founders “to create a more perfect union.”

Somewhere along the way,  however, these individuals seem to be corrupted by the political process and power itself and become dogmatic in the pursuit of political ideology as opposed to representation of the constituents that elected them to office.  This corruption is not reserved for any one particular party but is a disease that infects men and women of all political persuasions.

After a time in office the avocation to serve transitions to a vocation and well-intentioned people go through methamorphesis to become professional politicians, a situation which our Founders warned against from the very beginning of our Representative Republic.

Over time, these professional politicians, much like the expert witnesses, become intrenched in ideology to the point that they no longer listen to their constituents and govern for what is best for their party or themselves and not what is best for the nation.  Consequently, we see the corruption influences of special interests result in diminishing the free enterprise system in America, over regulation and the creation of an entitlement mentality among our citizenry.

What’s more, these elite professional political exempt themselves from many of the laws and regulations they impose on the rest of us.  The result is the moral decay of these individuals and the office they hold.  The evidence of the disdain with which they regard the American citizen is apparent in legislation they pass over the objections of those that have elected them to office.  They defend such actions by arrogantly stating they know better than the average American inferring that they possess a level of intelligence that  places them above the rest of us, much like the testimony of the famous Dr. Spitz on the stand yesterday at the Casey Anthony trial.

Eventually, this arrogance of political leaders finds its way into morality and in many instances walks the narrow line to legal corruption that places the very security of our nation in jeopardy.  This phenomenon is not new but goes back in time and touches members of both political parties alike.  Consider Gary Hart, Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Charles Rangel, Maxine Waters, Elliott Spitzer, John Edwards and most recently Anthony Weiner; all that have been involved in the cycle of corruption just to name a few.

In every case these professional politicians vehemently contend they did nothing wrong and are just victims themselves.  Reality tells a different story and should reinforce the warning against professional politicians from our Founding Fathers.

Today, the Obama Administration is composed of personnel akin to the expert witnesses testifying in the Casey Anthony trial.  they are credentialed with academic degrees and considered authorities in their field of expertise.  What they do not possess, however, is any practical experience in running anything and therefore approach governance like a laboratory experiment or a case study in some obscure text-book.

While this Administration experiments with academic theory they ignore the evidence of reality that their theories are failures.  Their incessant urge to regulate and control everything from what we eat, what we buy, where we work and  how we choose to live is destroying the nation.

To quote Judge Belvin Perry overseeing this Casey Anthony trial “This is  not a game…” the business of conducting a trial is deadly serious as is the business of government in America.

The outcome of a trial affects the well-being of a few whereas the outcome of governing our nation affects 300 million individuals.

the Obama Administration has arrogantly pushed their liberal socialist agenda for 2-1/2 years and clings to their failed ideology much the same as the President claimed his opponents cling to their guns and religion.

Without a Constitutional Amendment imposing term limits upon Congress, the only means to achieve change and rid Washington of professional politicians is for every eligible citizen to exercise his right and duty at the ballot box in 2012.  It is time to clean house and drain the Congressional Swamp of the likes of John McCain, Harry Reid, Lindsey Graham, Orin Hatch, Nancy Pelosi, Charlie Rangel, John Kerry, Barney Frank and all the other “bitter clingers” that are part of the professional political elite club in Washington.

Barack Obama’s Vanishing Economic Recovery!

By: Richard H. Frank

This morning, June 9, 2011 marked the 9th consecutive week where new first time claims for unemployment exceeded 400,000. This fact is in spite of the President claiming that the economy is in recovery and his policies are responsible for the creation of between 2.5 and 3.0 million new jobs. I may not have a Harvard education but am better than the average bear when it comes to arithmetic. If we have had 400,000 new claims per week for the last nine consecutive weeks that equates to 3.6 million Americans that have lost their jobs. The last time I looked 3.6 is larger than 2.5 and 3.0 which means we have gone backwards in job creation under the policies of Obamanomics.

According to the President we should not be concerned as this is just a “blip” that is probably due to seasonal adjustments that will disappear over the coming weeks. He is certain we are not entering a double dip recession and that this small anomaly is only temporary in nature. Temporary for Obama means three or four years based on his prediction that unemployment would not exceed 8% if we adopted his irresponsible stimulus spending program with shovel ready projects geared to produce 500,000 new jobs per month according to Joe Biden.

Just how long will it be before the mainstream media begins to report the truth about the failed policies of this Administration? Energy costs continue to skyrocket, home real estate values deteriorate with each passing month and the misery index resulting from creeping inflation are devastating for senior citizens and low-income families.

In the meantime Congress sits on its hands and refuses to do the bidding of the electorate. I am not sure this nation can recover from the damage done by the Obama Administration during four years pursuing  his socialist agenda. Earlier this week the President said he wakes each morning and his first thoughts are how to create jobs and spur economic growth for America. Apparently those thoughts are fleeting as he then decides where he will travel  for the 2012 election and when his next tee time is scheduled to take place.

The Obama summer of recovery of 2010 vanished before it began and all signs for 2011 point to further deterioration. Now is the time for change we can truly believe in and not the change Barack Obama has imposed upon this once proud nation.  I anticipate summer will be spent by many people in this country growing their own fruit and vegetables and not putting those expensive beef steaks and hamburgers on the grill!

Why Anthony Weiner’s Situation Matters!

by Richard H. Frank

Today’s permissive society looks at the case of Anthony Weiner as no one’s business except for the Congressman and his wife. How humorous that a man with the outward appearance of a vulture could consider himself irresistible to numerous women across America.  If you believe his explanation for his lewd behavior as having been a joke gone wrong with no effect upon anyone but the Congressman, you must live in some imaginary universe other than ours.

Mr. Weiner holds the title of Congressman representing citizens from his district in New York, sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.  As such, members of Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate must be held to a higher standard of conduct enumerated in the Rules established by these individual institutions.  Unfortunately, imposition of these rules is at the discretion of the political majority holding power at any particular point in time.  Thus, Congress has become an exclusive club where the rules are bent to suit the ideology of the day.

Recent history is a testament to the truth of how ethics are swept under the rug where the balance of political power is at stake.  Today, acts of assault, adultery, bribery and lying under oath are all given a pass or minor reprimand where politicians are involved.

Beginning with Bill Clinton’s escapade with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office and his lies to the Grand Jury under oath, followed by Elliott Spitzer, South Carolina’s Governor’s trips to South America with his mistress, John Edwards’ affair and alleged use of campaign funds, Charles Rangel and now  Anthony Weiner, we see the degradation of morals deeply intrenched in our Federal Government Representatives.

Characteristics such as dignity, decency, honor and truthfulness all take a back seat when it comes to the quest for political power.  Barack Obama consistently looks the American public in the eye and regurgitates a litany of lies that constitute his political agenda and ideology.  The American media is equally guilty and complicit in perpetrating these lies.

I find it hard to believe that there are not men of honor more qualified than the likes of Anthony Weiner to represent “We the People.”

Forget labels of political parties and look to the character of those seeking political office.  Men of character and virtue will always do what is right for America and uphold the principles outlined within our Constitution.

George Washington said of Government: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence – it is a force!  Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master, never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

Likewise, Government should never be left to irresponsible men the likes of Anthony Weiner.

His resignation cannot come too soon if we are to strive to have men of character represent “We the People.”