By MIKE BAILEY,TUNE IN WEEKDAYS AT 7:00PM ET
Host: Bob Schieffer
Guest: Michael Steele, former RNC Chairman; Dallas Keating, WBKO, Savannah, GA and Jay Wilson, WLOS, Nashville, TN
COP26: How do modern democratic governments put their citizens first in order to be successful and truly govern?
The need for people to be served in government is pervasive – yet time after time, our democratic government fails to work for citizens. There are numerous legislative, ethical, and leadership failures that can easily serve as examples of these failures. The problem is in the reality of politicians. We have seen it repeatedly on both the federal and state levels over the past few years – many haven’t learned from history. Our experience has taught us that Washington, D.C. will continue to frustrate common sense solutions and hard choices unless it takes responsibility for its actions. That’s why this meeting is so important.
We’re bringing together officials who see the need to consider, both locally and in the larger picture, if the current governmental model is working. They are certainly not alone. Some of the lawmakers who have been outspoken about the disconnect between citizens and the government have been cited before. DeJuana Thompson worked as a journalist for Washington City Paper. She reports from the streets of Washington, D.C. and documents the problems that plague this country. Perhaps no story exemplifies the failure of citizens and the government than the federal government’s response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
And maybe we’re not meeting to solve the bigger problems but rather to learn from the past. Last month,, an area was declared a federal disaster zone because three types of rain fell on a 14-hour period. In 24 hours, 56 inches of rain fell on the town of Stockton, California, and probably three other cities as well. Nine deaths were reported, nearly 2,000 homes were flooded and countless trees and roofs were damaged. In the past few days, an area of northern California was flooded by a combination of rain and hail. That’s why we need to learn more about these complex events. They take time to study.
That’s why what happened yesterday in Virginia is so valuable. Governor Ralph Northam announced that he would appoint Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax as Attorney General. Fairfax has been embroiled in a sexual assault scandal. The subject of an ongoing police investigation, Fairfax denies allegations of sexual assault. He has also said that the media allegations are part of a right-wing conspiracy to damage him politically.