Here’s the Nonsense: The Fast and Furious debacle is a terrible thing. But once it’s been cleaned up we’re well on the way to fixing the problems in our government.
Here’s the Horse Sense: Fast and Furious is a symptom, but not the true underlying problem. America has 3 core problems that must be addressed to save this nation. Treating symptoms doesn’t cure the disease.
Fast and Furious is a terrible mess. Neither side of the political aisle have handled it well. While gun-running and loss of lives is terrible and people must be held accountable, if we don’t deal with the underlying core problem we will continually see a repeat of these kinds of issues. And those underlying problems will be what ultimately cause the collapse of America.
Speaker John Boehner has not been very supportive of Rep. Issa’s pursuit of documents on Fast and Furious from AG Eric Holder. Boehner reportedly was trying to make a secret deal to keep Holder from being held accountable. Boehner is an expert at giving in instead of getting results. Boehner, like Obama and Holder, is a poor example of a leader.
In my new book, No Tomorrows: How To Halt America’s Imminent Collapse And Return To The American Dream – And Why It Must Start With The 2012 Elections, I address the 3 core problems that must be fixed to save America. One of those problems is lack of true leadership in government and the inability of voters to know how to choose true leaders. True leaders don’t do the things we’ve seen the administration do in this instance or that we have seen the Speaker of the House do. True leaders do what’s right regardless of the cost to themselves, even if it means they lose their jobs. We don’t see any attitude like that in most of the people leading our nation.
The head of the congressional committee handling the investigation, Rep. Issa, has worked hard trying to hold AG Holder accountable. Finally yesterday a vote was held in the committee and split along party lines with a resulting 23-17 vote to hold the AG in contempt of Congress. The hard work of this committee may be paying off by moving this vote now to the floor of the House. Speaker Boehner is now forced to support the committee’s vote. He, along with Majority Leader Eric Cantor, said today, "While we had hoped it would not come to this, unless the attorney general reevaluates his choice and supplies the promised documents, the House will vote to hold him in contempt next week," the Republican leaders said in a statement. "If, however, Attorney General Holder produces these documents prior to the scheduled vote, we will give the Oversight Committee an opportunity to review in hopes of resolving this issue."
We can only hope that Boehner’s support for the vote is because he’s decided to do what’s right for the American people and not play his typical game of throwing victory into the jaws of defeat.
The party-line vote in the committee shows none of the Democrats want justice, they want to continue to play politics, a true sign that none of them qualify to be true leaders. The fact that the Republicans all voted for the contempt citation tells us nothing. They could simply be playing politics, although the persistence of Rep. Issa in the face of opposition from the media, the administration, and even from establishment Republican leaders like Boehner is an excellent sign of some leadership qualities in him.
It is easy to attack the Democrats on this issue, they certainly have shown they deserve it. But we can’t forget the failures of the Republicans either. All of these failures point directly to the problem we have in government which falls at the voters feet. That is that we voters for a long, long time have not paid attention to what is happening in our government and held them accountable. We no longer know how to recognize a true leader let alone make sure that those are the type of people we elect to office. This void in qualified leaders has led us to the impending disaster we now face.
In No Tomorrows I clearly define how to turn this around and what to look for to make sure we have qualified leaders in elected office. This book is the repair manual to save our nation. We can no longer play partisan politics. Rather, we must change the way we elect and handle our government officials.
AG Holder’s actions have raised more questions about his abilities and the White House’s motives than just about Fast and Furious. His refusal to comply with the subpoenas of Congress on Fast and Furious is great reason for concern, but there are so many other areas where we should be concerned because of his and the DOJ's actions.
President Obama has chimed in on the AG’s non-compliance with the subpoenas by asserting executive privilege to try to keep the documents from being released. This raises a question about the White House claim that they knew nothing about it. If so, then why would they refuse release of information to make sure justice is done for all the people who have died and the laws that have been broken in Fast and Furious? Obviously they are either lying about their knowledge or circling the wagons to protect the AG instead of seek the truth.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s disgust at the congressional committee’s voting to hold the AG in contempt follows the typical administration line of attack on the Bush administration to try to deflect attention away from this administration. And if the Bush administration really was responsible for Fast and Furious, why wouldn't the Democrats want the documents released so they could prove that the Bush administration was responsible for Fast and Furious? That would immediately clear the name of this administration in this issue. Their continued fight to keep the documents from the congressional committee is proof in itself that something is wrong in the current administration. And once again, it is another example of her lack of qualification for leadership.
All of this is enough to be disgusted at the lack of true leadership on the Democrat side of the aisle. But what’s even more disappointing is the continued lack of leadership out of the House Speaker’s office, too. Speaker Boehner has shown no leadership on this issue. His reported actions to block efforts to find the truth raise huge concerns about his abilities and qualifications. And this is just a typical example of how he consistently walks away from his responsibilities to the American people. Boehner will need to be held accountable to be sure he doesn’t back down from his position. He also needs to be held accountable until it is time to choose new leadership for the House. His past performance has proven him unqualified for leadership. When it is time for change he must be replaced with someone who will take a stand on principle.
It is time that both parties be held to accountability and change take place. If we do not get the right people into office in Congress as well as the White House, then we have no chance of turning our nation around.