The congressional oath of office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

The italics are mine to emphasize there are forces out to destroy mankind’s most elegant accomplishment, the foundation for the United States of America. You think I’m crazy? Wake up to what is occurring every day. Internally, we have the moneyed oligarchy that wants absolutely no government interference or taxation affecting their quest to amass more wealth and power. Externally, we have a multiplicity of enemies and no friends, who want to see every American citizen on their knees. Where we have reached out to help other countries, do you think they will assist us? Ponder that. Our president says, “America first,” but only for the ultra-moneyed class.

All of the above brings us to a supine, self-serving legislative branch of our government that is the antithesis of good management. We have a bunch in charge whose only agenda is to revoke everything the previous administration accomplished. Yes, he was black. Get over it! Meanwhile, they do nothing to counteract threats to our nation or even life on Earth.

You think we aren’t being threatened? Look at what is happening as you read this. We have two regimes, North Korea and Iran, on the cusp of atomic war. The latter country has a mantra repeated daily, “Death to America.” We have China and Russia sitting on 90 percent of rare-earth minerals vital for our electronics industry. We have hackers from every country in the world electronically stealing huge amounts of cash and information. We have China extending its sphere of influence over the South China Sea to control all shipping. Wait for them to demand payment for safe passage. We have Russia placing missiles in the Arctic region of Siberia aimed at — guess who? What has Congress demanded be done with our northern border?

As told television’s “60 Minutes,” Congress decimated the DEA’s control over opioid distribution, and thousands have died or will die from the epidemic availability of opioid drugs. Scientific American’s editorial board labeled the actions of the House’s Committee on Science, Space and Technology as “lunacy.”

Internally we have the greatest threat to our democratic process brought on by the most abominable Supreme Court decision in more than a century. What’s being done to counteract this dreadful decision that has foreign-owned shadow companies using cash to control our elections? We have a Congress that attaches “earmark” expenditures to totally unrelated legislation. Foreign countries are taking over our major technological companies. Our infrastructure has life-threatening deficiencies. The only tax reform they can think of is to give the super-rich more money. Potable water is disappearing, and pollution is rampant. Are we experiencing dereliction of duty, criminal acts or treason?

Just asking. Get rid of this bunch and replace them with problem solvers.

Stanley Smith is a former Cedar Falls City Council member.

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