If You follow politics very intensely few things a politician says should leave you slack jawed. When it does happen it’s usually a result of some outrageous claim or highly exaggerated platitude. Obama does this more than most, but nothing he has said before has left my mouth gaping as when he told Brett Baier of Fox News, that he really doesn’t care about the process by which legislation is passed.
Despite what our esteemed executive believes process is extremely important. The president was trying to be political slick, seeking to distance himself from what has been an overtly messy & corrupt attempt at passing the democrat health care bill. This is extremely curious because this president seems to be extremely concerned about just about every other process than the one he actually has any real authority over. Wether it’s the way Americans buy health care, the way auto manufacturers build their cars, the way banks make loans and how they should be repaid or even the process by which whatever executive he seeks to demonize on a particular day gets paid. By admitting his disregard of the legislative process he inadvertently connected himself directly to it. But before we get into that lets look at why process is so important, not just in government but in all things.
Most of my adult working life has been spent in auto sales, about fifteen years primarily between two different dealerships which where polar opposites when it comes to process. The first was run by two Russian immigrants, at first this was extremely inspiring to me, the most visible partner, meaning the one who was always at the dealership was not more than ten years older than I and was now, in his early thirties a senior partner in a major Philadelphia dealership. It was soon very apparent that this gentleman was only interested in a quick buck and was more concerned with driving new Lamborgini’s on the dealerships credit than he was with how business was being conducted in the showroom. The result was a free for all, and the dealership soon began having various legal problems as a result of dirty dealing and it’s franchise license was eventually revoked. The younger partner (Serge) confidently split the scene back to Russia and left the more honest partner holding the bag. Serge did not care about process, the ends justified the means.
My next example is of a dealership where process mattered, it was a family owned dealership that has been around for about 80 years, still run by the same family. One of the partners who name is consequently on the dealership, still works the service department dressed in a mechanics jumpsuit, making sure customers are properly attended to he even makes keys for them. This honest ethic is enforced in every area of the business from the showroom to accounting etc. The result is a dealership with an excellent reputation, which pays off in tough economic times, in which they end up doing better than most, everyone benefits from principled executive leadership. The Presidents statement exposes his deficiencies as a result of inexperience in the private sector. Not every executive or industry seeks to rip off their customers, in fact most do not.
When the president admits he does not care about the process by which legislation gets passed, he admits that he is incapable or disinterested in providing principled leadership. The constitution provides us with a process by which our elected representatives are to govern, When you look at the presidents oath of office one could argue that providing principled leadership is probably his most important job. When Obama says he is not worried about the process the result is the overtly corrupt process which is now on display within our government. The President recently said that passing his health care plan is referendum on Americas character. Again this is a curious statement coming from a man who has all but admitted that as far as he is concerned the ends is justified by any means. This is not the character of the United States and consequently why so many Americans have rejected his vision.
Anthony D Dolpies