WHO CAN YOU TRUST?
It is a scary thing to not be able to trust anyone. As humans, our sociological foundations depend on trust. If we as humans cannot trust other human beings, then cooperation in society will be very difficult. Given this knowledge, it is paramount that our nation has leaders who are trustable. Unfortunately, this is not the case. How on earth are we supposed to progress in this world as a nation if we cannot trust our own government? One of the problems that we can fix is to restore the lack of government accountability.
LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY
There are several ways in which the government is not earning our trust in the area of accountability. For one, there is a large amount of corruption present. This corruption can come in many forms. One of the biggest forms of corruption deals with money. For example, the hard-earned taxpaying dollars of honest and good Americans are being laundered into the grubby hands of greedy politicians just looking to make a buck. A recent study done by a respectable university reported that up to 5 cents per American tax dollar could be involved in illegal and fraudulent activity in the government. Can you believe that?! Doing the math, that means that a whopping 5 percent of the the large sum of money collected by the Internal Revenue Service is being stolen from good Americans. This needs to stop if we are going to be a decent and honest nation. Furthermore, the money saved from stopping these greedy politicians can be used for schools, roads, and other programs. We need to restore government accountability.
One of the worst things about politicians is that when they make a bad decision that gravely affects the lives of others, they tend to try to hide it when they run for election for some sort of office. This is particularly bad because those who are not as informed may think that this politician is okay, when in reality, they are not the best choice for office because of poor legislative choices that they have made. This shows a complete lack of government accountability and a failure to be transparent with voters.
Voting and campaign history
Perhaps the most egregious errors that you can spot in a politician’s history is to see who they have worked with and how they have voted. One very good modern example is the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She is now running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. However, in the past, she worked in the Barry Goldwater campaign. Barry Goldwater was a second-rate Republican candidate who actually voted against the Civil Rights Act. This is particularly concerning for Ms. Clinton because she is now trying to tout that she is all for Civil Rights for everyone. However, her history shows that she in fact has worked with politicians who have opposed this. This is a very grave discrepancy in value to take into account.
Continuing with the lack of accountability in the government, Clinton also voted for the War in Iraq, which was a fiscally irresponsible decision that cost many American lives. However, she is trying to move past that in her campaign. She should, however, be held accountable for her actions and that information should be widely disseminated to the public to inform their vote.
FISH ARE FRIENDS (AND FOOD)
If you’ve ever been to the east coast of the United States, you know that fishing is a major industry. In New England, several seafood dishes, such as lobster and clam chowder, have made their way into legendary American Fare. However, the consumption and fishing of certain sea creatures off of the coast of New England has lead to some wildlife endangerment. For example, the population of bluefin tuna is quickly dwindling. Meanwhile, the industry is slogging on, trying to catch what few fish are left. In order to sustain both the wildlife and the industry, rules need to be set in place so that these populations can recover. However, the government has been somewhat complacent. We need to force the government to be accountable for protecting the wildlife in the ocean.
While the fishing industry is making money, it is also hurting itself and its future because of the declining population of certain kinds of fish off the coast of New England. What is more, they are potentially leaving a huge environmental footprint by overfishing these fish. The government seems to be slow in taking on these big companies. This could be because some of these companies provide financial support to the campaigns of these politicians in the government. However, we need to keep the government accountable for its pledge to protect the environment and preserve the wildlife. If nothing is done, then these fish could potentially become extinct, leading to a great environmental tragedy,
Our nation has had a long history of war and being involved in conflict. With each war, hundreds of thousands of good American troops are being shipped out in order to resolve the conflict. However, in many cases, injustices are committed because too much power is being given to soldiers intended to establish peace. Unfortunately, some of these injustices are heinous war crimes. This happens often with each and every war in which our country involves itself. The worst part about this is that justice is not being served and that accountability is lacking.
Oftentimes, some soldiers are guilty of using unlawful methods of torture to extract information from prisoners. For example, waterboarding, which is now illegal, was used frequently at Guantanamo Bay prison facility. However, when it was finally continued to be inhumane and unlawful, those who had performed it were not punished at all. This shows injustice, inaction, and also a lack of accountability
OTHER WAR CRIMES
In addition to unlawful torturing, some soldiers have committed unspeakable acts against many innocent people. For example, in Vietnam, some soldiers were found to be guilty of pillaging a small village, murdering the men, and raping the women and children. These acts are absolutely repulsive and evil. However, the government has adopted a hush-hush approach to this incident and many other incidents like it. This shows large dishonesty and a lack of integrity and accountability on the part of the federal government. As a result, our government has become a group advocating and sympathizing with dastardly and deplorable academic and human behavior.
In our country, there are different departments that tend to different domestic issues. For example, the Department of Labor makes sure that minimum wage keeps our citizens income at a livable level. Additionally, the Department of Education is responsible for the education of the young citizens who will take the reigns of our society and government in the future. Because this is such an important task, the Department of Education should be held accountable for the academic progress of our nation’s youth. However, this progress has not been apparent in recent years, and the Department of Education has had nothing to show for it.
FALLING TEST SCORES INTERNATIONALLY
Our education system is failing. In international standardized testing, our country’s students have fallen well below many of our industrialized counterparts. This shows an academic regression in our country, and this is unacceptable. If the Department of Education was doing its job, then the internationally standardized test scores would reflect as such. However, these test scores are decreasing. Somebody needs to come in and ensure that this department is doing this job.
DROPOUT RATES IN URBAN AREAS
One of the large issues domestically is that in urban areas, the dropout rates are increasing. This is a tragedy because we should be ensuring at least a high school education for our nation’s youth. However, the teaching and quality of the schools is so poor in some areas that students are choosing to revoke their enrollment from school. This is an injustice. The Department of Education should be held accountable for making sure that dropout rates are steadily and quickly decreasing.
ATTENTION! There has been a huge lack of government accountability that has turned into a modern day crisis and tragedy. The people of Flint, Michigan are now suffering from government mismanagement, and their water is poisoned with lead.
One of the things that lead to this crisis was the inaction of the heinously criminal Governor Rick Snyder of the state of Michigan. While the pipes that made the infrastructure of the town were old and needed replacing, Snyder turned a blind eye to the problem. Instead, he focused on other issues (and making them worse for that matter) such as raising tuition for public colleges in Michigan, trying to use tax money for unneeded bridges, and even working on a bill that would make gay sex illegal in the state of Michigan. While all of his efforts were focused on other unimportant matters, the people of Flint, Michigan began to become poisoned by the lead from the old pipes under the ground of the city. However, Governor Rick Snyder’s fail to action was completely overlooked by the rest of the state government. In this way, there was a complete lack of accountability in the matter, resulting in the suffering of innocent, undeserving human beings.
Now that this issue has come to a head, there has been no action taken by either the federal or state government to punish Governor Rick Snyder for his awful crimes. The people of Michigan have asked for justice, but again, there is a lack of accountability in the government, resulting in corruption and suffering.
Did you know that most of the money that exists in our country belongs to the top 1% of our nation’s socioeconomic strata? That’s right–while people are starving out in the streets, there are those who are living in gross excess. Think of how unjust this is! Obviously, upon reading this, you must be thinking, surely there is something that the government is doing about this. While that seems like a reasonable assumption, you will be shocked to find out that you are WRONG!
BEING BOUGHT OUT
Here is the awful truth: many politicians take on the endorsements of large corporations in order to fund their campaigns. In return, the politicians help the corporations through allowing them to save money through loopholes and tax breaks. In other words, politicians allow themselves to be bought out by these super companies. This lack of accountability results in huge political leverage for these corporations, allowing them to make more and more money.
It is important to realize that within these large corporations is where the 1% of the nation’s richest reside. Meanwhile, there are those who are homeless or living in near poverty conditions. The worst part about this is that it is very difficult for these kinds of people to get back on their feet financially. This is where the government is supposed to step in and assist those in need. However, this is happening very inefficiently because the politicians are too busy excepting money from and helping out the rich corporations! This is unjust and a lack of government accountability. This must be stopped
Whether we are aware of it or not, the government is exploiting the earth and subsequently destroying the environment. Sometimes, it is tempting to think that the aggressive acquisition of natural resources is a good thing because it boosts the economy and the free markets in our country. However, we need to be cogent of the truth that working the earth too hard to obtain natural resources can have detrimental effects on the environment. This results in a less plentiful earth and a more hostile environment for those who come after us.
While getting oil from the earth is not bad, we need to be careful of how we do it. It must be done in a way that does not harm the ecosystems of the wildlife that live in that area. Additionally, we need to make sure that there are no leaks or spills. The government is completely oblivious to these precautions. Every day, more pipelines are being laid down recklessly by the government, resulting in the destruction of many natural habitats and the compounding of greenhouse gases which cause global warming.
Also, the government is not being held accountable for the amount of trees that are being chopped down. Oftentimes, they are being paid off by big corporations looking to overexploit the earth. This is a heinous crime. Our government is sacrificing the goodness of the earth just to make a buck. As a result, they are destroying the environment in the process. We need to find a way to hold the government accountable for these kinds of actions so that we can preserve nature and our world for the future.
Watch out! As of late, the news has been full of stories exposing the dirty dishonesty that exists within local politics. A lot of these scandals happen right within the town hall of a small town. For example, some local politicians are getting paid off to overlook some zoning infringements committed by big corporations establishing themselves in smaller communities. This is a huge problem because it gives the big corporations an unfair advantages over small businesses, and small business are the heart of what America needs to be.
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR LOCAL POLITICIANS?
It is very easy to get sucked into the media and only pay attention to the big political figures. Oftentimes, a juicy scandal about a nationally-known congressman or senator can completely erase the thought of local politics from somebody’s mind. One might think, “wow, that person is really rotten” and have no idea that the same kind of people exist in power in their own communities! In order to hold these local government officials accountable, we need to go to town hall meetings and seize any opportunity to maintain open communication with these politicians. Make sure that you are asking tough questions that will them honest. Additionally, if you can get to know them on a personal level, then you might be able to know whether or not they care about their community or if they just care about money and themselves. If you don’t do these things, then you are relinquishing your power to know what is going on in your local world.
It is unbelievable how rampant dishonesty is in the political world. The lies, the scandals, and the corruption are almost more prevalent than the good and the progress made in our country. One way that we can restore government accountability is to eliminate the dishonesty in politics. How can we do this? One of the best ways to do this is to elect honest politicians.
WHAT MAKES AN HONEST POLITICIAN?
An honest politician is someone who has integrity. Integrity, which is perhaps one of the most valuable character traits in politics, is defined as “staying true to one’s values and claims.” For example, one way a politician can demonstrate integrity is by sticking to campaign claims and promises. Too often, politicians claim or promise to make a certain change when they get into office and never end up doing it. This demonstrates dishonesty and unfaithfulness to what the politician had originally set out to do. Another way to demonstrate integrity is by not taking bribes. Oftentimes, politicians accept money from unscrupulous sources who seek to gain political leverage over their adversaries. This leads to corruption and the promotion of lawbreaking. However, bribery can also come in the form of accepting large amounts of money from special interest groups or corporations who are looking to sponsor a politician’s campaign. These large monetary contributions can often “buy out” a politician and cause him to affect change or give unfair advantage to that special interest group or corporation.
EXAMPLES OF AN HONEST POLITICIAN
Our nation would do well to elect someone like Senator Bernie Sanders. He demonstrates great integrity by not taking large contributions from corporations who are looking to control him like a puppet with their money. He is also up front with many issues and potentially image-marring topics, which shows that he believes that the truth is more important than keeping up appearances to win an election.