If you are wondering whom to blame for the partial government shutdown, I can help, but first we must change our rhetoric. I try to live by the principle of “No Blame,” so I embrace another word with a comprehensive and expansive meaning—responsibility. Please consider who has the ability to respond to the various challenges that face our nation. The answer, of course, is many people, but many of these individuals are not acting responsibly. Rather than responding, they are reacting, reactingwithout reflection, reactingfor self-interests and reactingwithout the understanding that differing viewpoints can create solutions beyond the horizon of any one person or group of like-minded people. When our leaders surround themselves with people who think like them and only listen to those who parrot their views, creativity suffers.
If you want to know who is responsible for the shutdown, ask yourself who can end it. This person is responsible.
A National Emergency, Really?
It appears that the president and his administration are building a case for a national emergency, so funds can be siphoned from the Department of Defense and/or other departments of government to build a wall. This faux emergency is as dangerous a precedence as I have seen in my many years of observing the working of democracy. Here’s why: Declaring a faux national emergency so funds can be acquired to build a border wall is not just Trump being Trump governing outside the norms of politics. It is an assault on democracy and a failure of leadership. Here’s why.
Our founding fathers created a new form of governing that invites differing viewpoints. When it comes to legislation, leadership in the Senate and House of Representatives are to come together not to compromise, but to create. Circumventing Congress diminishes our way of governing. Ideally, the president and the leadership of the House and Senate work together to find a way through any impasse. In the instance of the shutdown, take note of who is missing—Senator McConnell—who has abdicated his leadership position and deferred to the president. All the players are not in the room!
Where’s The Blame
Some say there is blame enough to go around…No, remember our principle to live by, “No Blame.” The crisis is not migrants, terrorists, criminals, families seeking asylum in the United State or funding. What we are facing is a crisis of leadership. This has always been my greatest concern with Mr. Trump. I see no leadership skills in him, and the president of the United States is the most demanding leadership position on earth.
When you take on the mantle of leadership, you not only take an oath of allegiance to the Constitution of the United States, you accept and acknowledge your responsibility, your ability to respond with creativity to the challenges that face our nation.
Our leaders are failing us. I do not blame them. I call them out. To each I say, “Let’s pretend that you are in your last term of office and that you will not seek reelection.(Term limits would be nice, wouldn’t they?) Do the right thing. Be the leader you envisioned yourself to be when you ran for office the first time. Be that person, for we need you.”