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July 29, 2009
GOP Only Needs One
Argument: Obama’s Agenda is Unconstitutional
As much time as I have
spent in this column space on President Obama's big government
intentions, especially as revealed in the awful cap and trade and health
care bills that must be stopped in their entirety at all costs, the way
Republicans have responded to them – or not responded to them, as the
case may be – is telling in its own right.
There is only one
justification the GOP should be citing in opposing these two bills: That
they are completely and totally unconstitutional, through and through.
Not one article, section, or clause gives the federal government the
power to so thoroughly invade our liberty, property and privacy the way
these bills do.
Since each and every
member of Congress has taken an oath – however disingenuously – to
uphold that document as written, no matter how they may personally feel
about the limitations which it proscribes, there can be only one correct
way for them to vote on these bills: NO. (Of course, were they of that
mindset at all, these bills would never have been submitted to begin
But this isn't what the
GOP “opposition” is saying. They argue about the costs, or that
free-market solutions would be more effective, or some such similar
policywonk blather. In other words, about details that do not matter a
whit given the bills' inherent unconstitutionality. In so doing, they
are making a fatal tactical mistake – giving the bills legitimacy they
simply do not have. By going right to the details, they are conceding
out of the gate that it's correct and proper for government to stick its
nose into areas of a free people's lives that it has no earthly business
or authority to touch.
Also, the fact that
they are in such a distinct minority and don't have the numbers to do
anything about this – the only way either bill will fail is if Democrats
so badly overreach in their lust for power that their own right flank
fears going along will cost them re-election in 2010 – should actually
be a liberating thing for them. When you have nothing, you have nothing
to lose, after all.
The GOP should thus
have no fear in opening up with both barrels verbally, and calling these
bills for the assault on the Constitution and both the rights and
responsibilities of the American people that they are. Tactically it
makes political sense, to inflict hits on the Democrats, take a pin to
the balloon of Obama's media-manufactured image and start rebuilding
their own credibility which the Republican-led Congress and President
Bush stupidly flushed down the toilet.
But most of all – and
really, the only reason that should be considered – the GOP should say
it because it's the plain truth. Yet they have not been saying anything
like this, nor will they.
This means that the GOP
has no more moral difficulty with rampaging through the Constitution's
limitations on the federal government's power than the Democrats. They
may go about it a bit more slowly, putting a velvet glove on the fist so
to speak, but they're punching you just the same. When push comes to
shove, and a principled stand must be taken, they've already forfeited
It's why I've come to
call them the Vichy Republicans, after the German puppet government of
France during World War II that was located in the city of Vichy. They
too preferred the illusion of fraudulent vestiges of power under a
dictatorial master than to fight for what was right.
So in the end, it falls
to us . . . as perhaps it always has. I'm beginning to see Obama, Rahm
Emanuel, Nancy Pelosi and what they represent – what the health care and
cap-and-trade bills are really about, which isn't in the least your
health or the environment – as something of a Rorschach test for the
American people. Or perhaps a big mirror being held up to us all.
We often mouth the
words, but do we really believe in them? Enough to give up some of the
comfort with which we've probably grown too enamored and defend the
America for which so many have bled and died? Enough to stand against
those who would forcibly and radically remake it into something that
would render wasted the sacrifice so many have made? Enough to wage a
resurgent domestic Cold War?
It would appear –
barring some kind of unforeseen “Road to Damascus” conversion in the
near future – that the Republican Party and its leadership fail the
We the people cannot do
Or else we will have
failed to keep the Republic, and owe Benjamin Franklin and all the
Founders our gravest apologies.
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