I believe a full working knowledge of the legislative process combined with an understanding of the personalities involved will result in improved relations between branches, bridging the gap and opening lines of communication.
~ Raymond Red Corn
Many Osages openly wonder why the relationship between the Executive branch and Congress has been so contentious over the past eight years. Is that just how it is? Or is there a way to fix it?
Any successful relationship is built on trust. That goes for friendships, marriages, and three-branch governments. Congress has an awesome responsibility of allocating millions in resources to the Executive branch, and performing general oversight as your elected representatives. In order to make informed decisions, Congress needs information from the Executive branch.
Sometimes Congress uses information in ways that don’t sit well with the Executive branch. As a result, Executive limits the information available to Congress. Congress believes Executive is hiding information. Executive circles the wagons. You get the picture. Trust evaporates. Communication slows to a crawl. Each begins to operate separately from the other. Both Congress and Executive initiate projects independently without consulting with each other. After a while, a permanent gap develops between our branches of government.
There is a natural bridge between the branches – the Assistant Principal Chief. Over an eight-year period, that bridge has hardly ever been used. It should be. Congress should be pulled in closer to the Executive branch and allowed to have a seat at the table where the Nation’s future is discussed and planned. Congress and the Executive need to share goals while respecting roles. It can be done. It must be done. And the Assistant Principal Chief is the person best situated to make that happen.
This is why I want to hold the position of Assistant Principal Chief. I believe an open, cooperative attitude in the Executive branch will result in a similar attitude in Congress over time. I believe a full working knowledge of the legislative process combined with an understanding of the personalities involved will result in improved relations between branches, bridging the gap and opening lines of communication.
Those are my goals and beliefs. If you share them, please support me in my effort to be the next Assistant Principal Chief of the Osage Nation.