It’s been a while since we’ve posted here at the Sentry Journal and I don’t know how often I will post, but we’re currently in a place where I feel obligated to write. John and I have been in contact and I can say that should we write here more often the content will be a sea change from what we wrote in the past. I will allow you all to judge and discern whether it is worthy of your time (and ours).
Let us restart:
Election season is coming up and I have very little optimism. Truly, I tend to be an optimistic person; but recent elections have left me supremely disappointed; not only in the politicians, but in the people. Perhaps more important than the elections is the apathy Americans have toward an oligarchy that, more often than not, works around our democratic processes anyway. Let us consider this a moment.
DOMA type laws at the state level that were democratically passed have been overturned by a single court. States aren’t allowed to implement federal laws in regard to immigration because the President refuses to enforce them while simultaneously the executive is forcing states to abide by federal judicial edict with regard to marriage. State zoning laws and redistricting powers have just been handed to agencies within the federal government. Most recently, the executive has bypassed an impotent Republican Congress with the ability to make treaties.
How is it that we’ve become so accepting of our post-constitutional government? The reason is because we are fools.
When Bob Corker was busy throwing away Article II, Section II, Clause II powers the nation applauded his bipartisanship:
“[The President] shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur…”
This means that in order for the President to create a treaty that he must find 67 senators to approve of his treaty. That’s a problem for the republicans – mainly because they’re spineless hacks. The McConnels, Corkers, McCains and Grahams of the world cannot tolerate such responsibility falling on them so they created an avenue to put all power within the President’s hands. Thus the Corker bill was started. The Corker bill states that the Senate has a mere 60 days to shut down any Presidential treaty and if it fails to act (their status quo) then the treaty becomes official. Catch that? Instead of the president needing to find 67 senators to agree, he simply needs to ram through a treaty and then the Senate carries the responsibility of finding 67 to quickly resolve the issue (because a simple majority will simply be vetoed by the President).
So what happened? The President rammed through a “agreement” and now taunts the Senate. Corker has publicly expressed his feelings of betrayal and has even gone so far as to write a letter to the President – which will surely change his mind. The truth is that Corker doesn’t actually feel betrayed and the letter wasn’t meant for Obama, but for you. This was the plan the whole time; to give the President the power to implement something that the GOP thinks will arm them with the ability to rhetorically distance themselves while not actually having to take responsibility for policies they agree with but are unpopular.
This isn’t new. McConnell and Boehner already did this with the pesky debt ceiling. Both were elected, in great part, with the promise of cutting federal spending and bringing down the debt. The problem was that neither of them are limited government politicians. So when the debt ceiling problem arose and the responsibility fell (constitutionally) on Congress to do something about it, McConnell and Boehner had to come up with a scheme that allowed them to raise the debt ceiling without taking any of the political arrows.
As Andrew McCarthy pointed out at the National Review, “McConnell and other GOP leaders hatched a plan under which Obama would appear to raise the debt unilaterally. Congress could then respond with a “resolution of disapproval.” As McConnell knew, either Democrats would defeat the resolution or Obama would veto it. That was $4 trillion ago. McConnell’s chicanery gave big-spending Republicans a windfall: They succeeded in extended our tapped-out country’s credit line but still managed to vote against the extension – i.e., they could tell the voters back home that they opposed something that actually could not have happened without their support.”
This is the same game being played with immigration, foreign relations, tax increases, regulations, Obamacare, etc. The republicans get elected on the promises of fighting against the progressive policies and yet create the avenues that allow them to not only stay in place, but to flourish without opposition. The R next to the name stands for rhetoric; and its empty. We’ve come to the place where senators are writing themselves letters, congressmen are threatening to sue presidents, and yet every power of the Congress is given over to the tyranny of the executive willfully.
Sadly, this occurs because we allow it. I couldn’t have screamed loud enough about Mitch McConnell in his primary election. I voted for a democrat in the general! Not because she was better, but because we need to rid ourselves of this equally destructive old republican guard. Every election cycle they rhetorically move to the right and the lazy conservatives of this nation support them.
We’ve been played for decades and until we are bold enough to look beyond R’s and D’s and vote for people with conviction we will continue to suffer and the nation will further decay.
Chronicling the end…
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