Friday, March 19, 2010

March Madness

One thing is certain in America - if there is more than one opinion about something, it will end up in Court.  Such is the fate of this fiscal fiasco, that our communi..err, socialist pals in the Democratic party are trying to foist on the American people.  Landmark Legal Foundation, already has the suit ready to go if the Dems insist on using this inane "deem and pass" rule.  

The whole thing makes me ill.  No one wants this - new poll out yesterday said 55% of Americans oppose it.  Rasmussen has a poll out that says 50% are more likely to vote against their Congressman if they vote "yes."  Hell, the majority of the Democratic representatives don't want this thing...they are being told to "take one for the team and save Obama's presidency."  Hmmm, they really should think twice about that - it could well be, as Bill Clinton learned in 1996, that a "no" vote might save a second term.

Either way, if you thought politics was polarized before, you ain't seen nothing yet.  This will poison the waters of Congress for decades to come.  When the Republicans regain control, and they will regain control, they will feel righteous in using the same measures.  Of course, they won't have a lapdog press to help them rape the Constitution, but they will do it anyway...and Nancy Pelosi will be right there huffing and puffing indignantly.  The law of unintended consequences writ large.  And will it be worth it?  To "pass" a piece of legislation that will end up a) being bogged in the Courts for years and b) will most likely get rolled back anyway?

True leadership would take pause and say "you know what, we have pushed too hard...let's start over."  But ideologues rarely make good leaders.

1 comment:

Jack said...

At what point are we justified to begin the 2nd American Revolution?

"...Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..."

- I think they fail this test

"...He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance..."

- Sounds almost as if Jefferson were in the room over, writing this in the present. HOW many new IRS officials are authorized by this bill? And this is a democracy, so no more Czars-of-anything!

"...He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation..."

- Legislative tricks and subterfuge = pretended Legislation

Jefferson goes on to make many other salient and apropos points, but in the interest of time, I will assume that you know them as well. But allow me to return to the top, for the best part

"...That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government..."

Ballot box or rifle. It's their pick. Either way the American people are ready