Don’t hit the snooze button!
By Eniko Jordan
Brring! Brring! Wake up! The alarm clock is going off!
Wake up, America! Our collective alarm clock is going off! Don’t you hear it? Brrinng! Brrinng!
No one wants to hear the alarm clock go off early on a Monday morning, making us get up out of a nice comfy bed and get back to work. We’d much rather hit the snooze button, and lay back. It would be so much easier if other people could go to work for us, so we can just have another 15 or 20 minutes snoozing in the sack.
But the Brrinng! Brrinng! of the alarm clock is hard to ignore.
Or allow me to illustrate it another way, using one of my most favorite fictional characters of all time, Captain Kirk. In the Star Trek episode “The Ultimate Computer,” a computer is being tested aboard the Enterprise to see if it can take over all the functions of the starship, leaving only a minimal crew of humans to maintain the machinery. Sensing that there is something inherently wrong with abdicating control of people’s lives to an unthinking, unfeeling mass of circuits and relays, Captain Kirk says: “I’m getting a red alert right here,” as he touches the back of his neck.
Kirk’s intuition proves right and the computer soon begins to misbehave, even killing off the crew of another starship. Despite the hope of change that a new computer system might bring, the computer ran amok and had to be disconnected from its power source before it caused even more harm.
Well, you can see where I am going with this.
Many people believed in the hope and change that Barack Obama promised he would bring. Hope that life in this country would be improved, and that change would bring a new way of doing things.
Well, we have a new way of doing things, all right. And in the past two weeks, we have seen several specific examples of the new way of doing things in the White House.
If you don’t like what the Legislative Branch is voting, just override it by an Executive Order, as Obama did in the case of his recent directive on illegal immigration. From the early days of his administration, many of us have said that this president would attempt to govern by executive fiat. In essence, we had a red alert going off in the back of our necks. And we were right, and here is the proof for anyone open-minded enough to see it. Never mind about the Constitution; just rule like a king making decrees from the throne.
Before the country could even take a breath from dealing with that abuse of power, President Obama delivered another stunner by declaring Executive Privilege to try to cover the lies and deceit of Eric Holder, his friend and Attorney General. Executive Privilege, as a power granted by the Constitution, is extremely limited and must be verified. The valid right of Executive Privilege is being exploited in this case so the president can keep very inconvenient truths secret.
I have no intention of going into a long commentary about these various issues right now, there’s too much to say. The point is that these issues, and many others, reveal a pattern of philosophical ideology and behavior of the current president, supported by members of his administration, of complete disregard for limitations on his executive power. He, and others that hold the same ideology, are acting like that computer on the Enterprise, thinking that it would be better for the ship of state if they just took complete control.
Many voters in the last election cycle believed in “hope and change,” and now many of those folks have been sorely disappointed. A lot of former Obama supporters are seeing that their hopes for improvement have not materialized, and that this is not the kind of change they were expecting. If you are one of those people, and you have been making every excuse in the book for this administration, or have not been willing to take an honest look at what is going on, it’s time to pay attention to that red alert going off in the back of your neck.
I have heard many people say, “Well, I just don’t like politics.” Well, guess what, I don’t like it either. But “not liking politics” is no reason to abdicate one’s personal responsibility to be informed about the facts on various issues and national questions. Our survival as a nation that is worth living in, depends upon an informed citizenry, upon people who bother to inform themselves, even if they “don’t like politics.”
I know that just as it is easier to hit the snooze button on Monday morning, and wish other people could go to work for us, it is also easier to hit the snooze button and let other people do our thinking for us. It may be easier to let others tell us what to think, or how to vote, or to just respond as a mass of circuits and relays to the talking points of our chosen party, but no voting citizen should be that uncaring or lazy.
This election really will determine the direction of our country for years to come. It is your responsibility as a citizen to be informed, think for yourself, vote in every race and local issue because you have deliberately considered the questions at hand, and make your judgments based upon the over-arching principles our Constitution has laid out.
You’ve heard the saying that it’s time to wake and smell the coffee? Well, it’s time to wake up smell the reality; reality as it really is, and not clouded by what you may have hoped for. Be brave enough to understand the reality and depth of the problems this administration has caused, financially and internationally.
It’s Red Alert time, America. Don’t hit the snooze button! Wake up!
Award-winning columnist Eniko Jordan is a Pocatello resident and freelance writer for the Idaho State Journal.