“You don’t want to go there, Buddy!” That’s how Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States responded when a member of Congress dared to question the “most transparent administration ever.”

Our nation’s founders gave Congress the specific responsibility of holding the executive branch – including Eric Holder – responsible to “We, the people.” Yet Holder and his Department of Justice keep stonewalling Congress. Watch this testy exchange between Congressman Louie Gohmert and Attorney General Eric Holder in a Judiciary Committee hearing this week.  (The fireworks start around 2:30.)

At Citizens for Self-Governance, we believe decisions are best made as close to home as possible. As government grows, a lack of transparency thwarts justice and opens the door to corruption at all levels. Unelected bureaucrats maintain a political stranglehold on information and refuse to answer when challenged. But how can citizens make wise decisions without accurate information?

The American people can and must fight back. We can and must demand better from our public officials. We can and must keep our representatives demanding answers, regardless of arrogant insults hurled their way by the likes of Eric Holder.

Transparency is key to self-governance. Without it, our republican system of government cannot function. Encourage your elected officials to break this gridlock by demanding answers.  At every possible forum, ask them, “What did you do today to uncover the truth?  How are you working today to bring transparency to key issues?”  Our elected officials must not be allowed to sit idly by while our freedoms fade.

Congressman Gohmert is in the game – let’s urge more to follow his example.

We do want Congress to go there, because the American people deserve answers.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.