A continuing series of discussions of Mark Levin’s new book,
The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic
(Discussion #8 – the filthy habit of continuing resolutions)
You know our good friends on the left: they believe they possess the intelligence to run our lives, our livelihoods, and how we use our property. Like the old aristocracy in Europe, they believe that circumstances of birth—in this case a claim to superior intellect—entitles them to do so. However misguided our friends may be, they persist in the pursuit of limitless control. But they need one thing to attempt it: money. To be specific, our money, and lots of it.
This desperate need for funds to create their New Order has borne strange fruit. To avoid the inevitable downfall of tyrants and to pursue their utopian dreams, they need something which we all desire: solvency.
In less-disastrous times we could laugh with them as they wrest control—and then we take it back again—in the normal clash of societal evolution. But strangely, we find ourselves bound together with them in a wholly unnecessary crisis. The crisis is our heavily-damaged economy. The biggest reason for it is excessive spending. The spending problem has gotten so bad that even our President—history’s most profligate spender—has very nearly stooped to acknowledging the problem. (see Notes, below.)
Fortunately, you don’t need the self-inflated intellect of a leftist to realize we have over-borrowed and overspent. But unlike the average citizen’s personal situation, where reducing spending is as simple as skipping purchases and doing without certain things every month, federal spending involves a complex process. Unfortunately for us all, most of the people we elect to follow this process are cowards.
I’ll return to that notion in a moment. But first, I invite you to notice a few things about how congress spends your money.
After you think about it for a moment, the obvious aspect of Continuing Resolutions is that they are the byproduct of the abdication of responsibility. With so many rules being ignored or violated willfully, the center of the budget process has not held. Congressional leaders have forgotten how to establish a budget and allocate funding, and the system has collapsed due to the total corruption of the way Obamacare was foisted upon the public. Looking at Item 1, one would rightly wonder how the ACA (Obamacare) could possibly be Constitutional. The ACA was a creation of Harry Reid’s staff and lobbyists, meaning it actually originated in the Senate. Additionally:
- It was jammed into an existing House Bill written for homebuyer credit for military and federal employees in order to directly and willfully violate Article One, Section 7 of The Constitution
- It was passed against Senate rules by following the budget process
- In his ruling, John Roberts somehow divined that the word “tax” was contained in the penalties with which you may be burdened (see item #1, above)
- It was not passed in completed form (not all pages were filled in), nor did any Congressperson read it before its passage
- It has not been enforced per statute due to Executive unwillingness to comply with the law
- It was passed without a single Republican vote
- and it has never had the support of a majority of Americans
More importantly, since the Supreme Court voided parts of the law, and other parts are yet-to-be discovered, how could a budget possibly be created for such an unknowable pile of legislative irresponsibility? This is why the cowardice in so many of our Republican leaders is so untimely, unpatriotic, and contemptible. This is why the process will remain broken. Once the corrupt path of passing something like Obamacare has been given the blessing of our leaders, Congress will be forever prevented from fixing the problem.
And yet Congress is still following the path of the Continuing Resolution. These resolutions are a degenerate pathway, born of corruption, full of incompletions and legislative debris, and represent a total lack of statesmanship. They are a byproduct of the legislative landfill of the Omnibus Bill concept, which is another major abdication of responsibility and represents basic cowardice in leadership. Yet, somehow, among the corrupt practices of cheating on the rules, the laws, and the Constitution, Harry Reid and the President seem to think such a thing as a “clean” continuing resolution is possible.
One might as well attempt to dip potable water from a cesspool.
Sorry Harry, but you cannot polish a Continuing Resolution (IYKWIMAITTYD). When you say you want a “clean” one, we all know what you mean.
The reason we’re exploring this particularly filthy aspect of the frequently dirty process of funding the government is because a way to fix it is vital. We can somehow end this sad spectacle of Congressional cowardice by removing the central control over our vast nation from the hands of a small group of people. In these discussions, we’ve seen many proposals for ways to accomplish a return to the processes and pathways of Liberty envisioned by the Founders. It’s an idea with which every generation must wrestle.
The Founder’s well-considered solution boils down to one simple concept: decentralize.
Many folks have tried to warn us off of relying on the states because statehouses are just as full of corruption as the nation’s capital. In some cases, the corruption is worse, and power is held in very few hands, indeed. We know this. But the Founders also knew this. In the day of the Founders, the world had its Robespierre’s, who believed, like our friends on the left, that you can perfect man via legislation and enforcement. Mr. Robespierre was rewarded for his hubris by riding the guillotine out of this world. (Interestingly, if you read up on Mr. Robespierre, as I urge you all to do, you’ll see he was a first adapter of what we know as the Limbaugh Theorem.)
In this world, all you can do is to set men free to make up their own minds, and hope the majority will do the right thing. To attempt to coerce and control leads to tyranny, no matter how pure the intention of the controllers.
This is why the Article Five second process is vital to our survival. And not only ours, but mankind’s. If you think that declaration is mere overstatement, think again: Prior to the Twentieth Century, the world was mostly tribes, kingdoms, empires, and wilderness. The rise of the modern Superpower has increased the possibility of world dominance by a single group. Instead of trying to convince you of this, I urge you to reflect on two potential candidates for such control: the Islamists and their dreams of Caliphate, and China.
The last best refuge of mankind is STILL the United States, but only if we embrace and restore the Constitution. The Article Five second process is our best hope to make it happen.
Discussion #8: Naysayers
Discussion #7: Tracking Our Progress
Discussion #6: Amendments on Spending and Taxes
Discussion #5: How much power do the states have?
Discussion #4: What If They Hijack the Convention?
Discussion #3: An Invitation to Our Friends on the Left
Discussion #2: Run Away!
Discussion #1: Zombie Doctrine, Tactics, and the Liberty Amendments