Government Transparency

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I believe that transparency in government is crucial for a healthy democracy. The people need to know what’s going on, and they can’t do that unless our leaders are transparent about their actions. Transparency is about more than just sharing information with the public: it also means being honest about how decisions were made and explaining why some issues are kept under wraps. There’s nothing wrong with keeping some aspects of government private—that’s necessary for privacy reasons—but there should be no secrets from the public when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars or making laws that affect us all.

Government needs more transparency.

You deserve to know what your government is doing, and you should be able to hold it accountable for its behavior. In the United States, the first Amendment ensures that the people have a right to free speech and freedom of religion. These rights are not just for individual citizens; they also apply to groups of citizens who wish to speak out on behalf of their community or state.

The Bill of Rights guarantees that every American will be able to speak freely about any topic without fear of reprisal from their government. This means that no one can be arrested or punished for speaking their mind except in cases where there is a clear threat against public safety (e.g., inciting violence). However, there are some limits on what kind of speech isn’t protected by these laws—for example: hate speech based on race or gender identity aren’t protected under First Amendment rights because they create an unsafe environment for marginalized groups in society who need support against discrimination at all levels (including within our own communities).

The people should always feel they’ve been given the whole story.

The people should always feel they’ve been given the whole story. They should not be left with any doubt that they have been given the whole story, and they should never feel as though they were intentionally misled or lied to.

The government must take steps to ensure that it is open and honest in its dealings with all of its citizens, no matter what their social class or political beliefs may be.

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A big part of transparency is communicating clearly with the public.

Transparency is all about being accountable, open and honest, accessible, respectful and accurate. When you’re in your role as an elected official or staff member at the city government level you have to be transparent with the public. It’s a two-way street; if you don’t want to be held accountable for what you do then why should we trust what comes out of your mouth?

The most important part of transparency is communicating clearly with the public. The more information we can access about how our government works and what decisions are being made on our behalf—and even how those decisions were made—the better off we are as voters and taxpayers. If a decision doesn’t make sense then it’s up to us as citizens to ask questions until there’s clarity on why something was done in this way instead of another way (or not done at all).

The political process should be as open as possible.

As a citizen, you have the right to know how your representatives are voting and spending their money. A good way to ensure this is through transparency of the political process.

For instance, if you’re concerned about whether or not your elected officials are spending taxpayer money wisely, you can look at their expenses via an open database like Open States or Open Congress. Or if you want to see how they vote on bills that affect your life (like healthcare), there are websites like GovTrack that allow anyone with access to internet search for legislator information and track votes by topic area.

You should also be able to see who lobbyists are meeting with on behalf of which company or organization—and make sure they’re doing so appropriately by having some kind of system in place that ensures lobbyists aren’t trying too hard (or at all) when interacting with legislators and other officials who represent us as citizens.

People should be able to hold politicians accountable for their actions.

Governments should be transparent so that the people can know what their government is doing in their name and how it’s spending its money.

In a democracy, the people have a right to know what their representatives are doing on their behalf in order for them to hold politicians accountable for those actions. The more information you have about your elected officials, the easier it will be for you to make informed decisions about who should represent you in government.

It’s important to know how our government is spending money.

It’s important to know how our government is spending money. The federal budget comprises a large portion of the U.S. economy, and it’s easy to get lost in all the numbers being thrown around by politicians, economists and journalists alike. Most people don’t have time to dig into this data themselves, but if you do make it a priority to learn about government spending—and its effect on our lives—you’ll be able to better understand where your tax dollars go and what they actually buy.

Government officials must be held to high ethical standards.

One of the most important roles of government is to maintain a high level of ethical standards in politics. Politicians need to be held accountable for their actions, and people should be able to trust them. It’s easy for politicians to get away with unethical behavior because they are often not held responsible when they do something wrong. This can lead to corruption within our government and society as a whole.

A free press helps ensure transparency in government.

In our democratic society, a free press helps ensure accountability by holding government officials to account. Government officials who are held accountable are more likely to be transparent and follow the law. As Thomas Jefferson said, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter.”

In addition, when citizens have access to information about their elected officials’ activities and policies via media outlets like newspapers or television news programs, it increases their understanding about what is happening within their communities and encourages them to participate in civic life by making informed decisions at the ballot box.

When government isn’t transparent, we put the democratic process at risk.

You may be wondering why it matters that the government is transparent. After all, even if you don’t know what’s happening behind closed doors, your vote still counts. But this isn’t true. If the people don’t know what’s going on, they can’t hold the government accountable and make informed decisions. They also can’t make their voices heard when they disagree with something or someone in government—which is exactly why we have transparency laws in place: so that citizens can effectively challenge those in power when they feel they’ve been wronged by them.

Without these policies in place, elections become meaningless because candidates try to hide things from voters instead of telling them what they truly believe about issues that matter most to citizens’ lives (like healthcare policy). Without these policies in place, corruption becomes rampant among politicians who are able to get away with whatever it takes—including bribery—to win office or retain power once elected (or appointed). Finally -and perhaps most importantly -without these policies in place our democracy itself suffers greatly because it becomes impossible for us as human beings living together peacefully under one roof through mutual consent based on shared respect instead being governed only by force (whereas democracy means having power derived from consent rather than coercion).

Take steps toward greater transparency in government!

The importance of transparency is a topic that can’t be overstated. It’s a core tenet of democracy and government, as well as an essential component of ensuring Americans’ rights to free speech and assembly.

In order for our political process to work properly, there needs to be information at the ready. This means that those who hold public office must be honest with their constituents at all times—which includes being honest about their own mistakes and shortcomings. In addition, this kind of transparency helps ensure that there are checks in place on those who have power over us: when citizens know what their leaders are doing, it gives them more power over those leaders; if there were no such thing as transparency, then we would have no way of knowing whether these leaders actually had our best interests in mind!

Conclusion

We need to make sure our government is as transparent as possible. We need to hold politicians accountable for their actions and we need to know how our government spends money. Transparency helps ensure that our political process is free from corruption, but it also helps foster trust between voters and elected officials. Government transparency is an important part of maintaining good governance in any democracy!

USA: Between a Rock & a Wrecked Place

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We’ve all adapted rather quickly to the current state of the world... as miserable as it all may be. This process that we are undertaking- of assimilating hasn’t solely been the result of force, hopelessness, or by some exhausted notion that we should just “live and let live.” Though I am certain that for many in the world, those may indeed be reasons as to why some seem to be taking the calamity with an ever-growing indifference. There is deeper purpose, and a reason to keep this nation together. The interesting thing is about this how easily offended we as a nation have become and pair that along with our historical proclivity to harshly guard our freedoms, and one might have assumed that throughout this whole pandemic it would have been us Americans who would’ve been first in line to buck against the tightening reigns of a government and the dismantling its citizens rights.

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Afterall, in the world’s view of the American people has historically been type-casted as a gun-toting, freedom loving, credit-card maxing, bible-thumping G.I Joe-esque character; Our role on the world stage was a righteous gift to the modern world; delivering hope and democracy one military engagement at a time.

You know... ‘Merica!

-G.I Joe Classic- Hasbro

That source which our comfort, in such unsettling times, isn’t propelled by wanting to comply and I don’t think that it’s from our infamously patriotic nature that’s getting us through.

At least not the distorted patriotism the media deems terroristic, I mean our long-standing spirit of pride that we had as fiery droves of troops that would head off to war, hungry to fight for their country and we, just as hungry to support them. Our adaptation to today’s problems is patriotic in nature, but not quite the same way as it once had. Today the country’s more reminiscent to the atmosphere brought home by seasoned troops that have returned home from a long war; soldiers that’ve just settled back into normal lives to get some well-deserved rest. When out of the shadows, our government would appear to say that yet another war had begun. Those troops aren’t excited. They aren’t concerned. They know what to expect and they know what they must do. They must fight once again.

Blame it on the 244 glorious years of our young country’s existence. It’s been through intense struggles starting from its infancy. Decades would pass as our country grew heartily alongside the generations of our forefathers. Blood, sweat and tears went into the American Dream. The United States grew to a super-power that no longer maintained the same familiar environment we once knew. Together, we as a nation have evolved, and from that rugged upbringing we’ve inherited the torment and temperament that comes from being of the free world. We are today left with a resilient and patient pride, but not one that stems from the tiresome mission to spread democracy to foreign lands. This is no Cold War. No, this is much warmer- for the fight is here on the home-front. Don’t think that just because this “warm-war” is on home soil that we don’t have enemies or that they lack in weaponry to attack us with. The adversary’s arsenal include:

  • Censorship, Cancel Culture. Critical Race Theory. Inflation.
  • Child exploitation, The assault on our Constitutional Rights. Polarizing Politics.
  • Bodily Autonomy. Rising suicides & overdoses. Dishonest Media.

This list of modern armaments could easily continue, but the important question is,

“Can we, the citizens continue?”

What could one expect from those who must fight at home? Where does that fighter find their refuge if the assaults are close at hand? The entire scenario then becomes more of a prison break than a liberation.

In the past, we could count on journalists, policymakers, and our neighbors to be on the side of American’s simply for the sake of being an American. However, we’ve watched governors like, Gavin Newsome put in place draconian lockdowns, and imposing scientifically unsupported mask mandates on millions of terrified Californians just for everyone to catch Newsome shamelessly dismissing his own edicts. The sheer audacity we saw in regard to the media, those tasked with pursuing and publishing the truth, when the story of our President’s son’s laptop was called “Russian Disinformation” by none other than the Press Secretary {Jen Psaki} for the White House. And where’s the accountability for leaving the vivid discovery to be crudely swept under the rug until either the authenticity was no longer up for debate or until they’d have denied the claims enough times to wrongly convince us all of a narrative that they knew was a blatant lie!

Certainly, in the America of our grandparents the politicians and media would have actually admitted to their biases and blunders, and they would set the record straight. Yet the slanderous lies are still headlined. The apologies and accountability for their negligence however seems to magically evaporates before ever making it to print.

When we as a country have always seen ourselves as the liberators of injustice and thus, always maintained the belief that if there were ever unjust suffering in the world, regardless of borders or regimes that we, the United States, would come kick down the door, and restore peace and freedom! That’s what we used to expect, but now who do we look to? As I find myself trying to locate rationale in our country’s history I think of the words of John F Kennedy, who perfectly said,

“First examine our attitude towards peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it is unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable, that mankind is doomed, that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade; therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable, and we believe they can do it again……

….we do not want a war. We do not now expect a war. This generation of Americans has already had enough — more than enough — of war and hate and oppression.

We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we must labor on–not towards a strategy of annihilation but towards a strategy of peace.”

John F Kennedy

Kennedy spoke these words just 5 months before he would become a victim of senseless violence when on a visit to the friendship state, Texas, he was gunned down in broad daylight. The reason I bring Kennedy into today’s post is because that was the day the American Dream really started fading. His death alone caused more American’s to be apprehensive of their own government far more than any piece of Russian/Chinese propaganda could ever wish to have. That day, when Kennedy was slain, signaled to our people that America isn’t always righteous and good. It won’t always have the citizen’s best interest at heart. Kennedy’s death was so unpatriotic. The way that our government would dishonor a WW2 veteran, our leader, by not protecting him or his legacy made many question the establishment and to make it worse, they continue to lie about the tragedy even still today.

JFK pictured far right alongside his shipmates on the PT-109

So, as I said before, this is not the rallying cry for war, nor is it the whimper of defeat. This is the morning groanings of yet another day pursuing the noble ideals of a dream so that we all, Kennedy included, can be free and rest peacefully. We may be the tired, poor and huddled masses, but our Lady Liberty has long beckoned none other than the tired, poor and huddled masses. It is not a seasonal invitation that American Liberty extends but a reassurance that here we are welcomed to stay. As Kennedy said, “Confident and unafraid-we must labor on…”