Yesterday we ran an article about “America’s New Normal,” in which the point was made that Liberals have created a New America where, deceipt, spin and immorality are accepted by our uneducated voter. The electorate has gotten to the point where Anthony Weiner, Hillary Clinton and their ilk are not only electable with their scandal laden pasts, but are actually the preferred candidate by a growing minority. America itself is not the only country in which this has occurred: Witness Silvio Berlusconi in Italy and his large number of scandals – none of which kept him from getting elected as the Prime Minister for the greater part of the last 20 years or so.
What would our founding fathers think of this? Has it gotten so bad that the Separation of Powers is now meaningless. Can Congress do whatever it wants without any check and balances? Can the Executive Branch employ ultimate power? Is America no longer a Republic? Has it become a de facto monarchy?
President Obama calls the scandals of his Administration phony. He states, that the GOP is using them to draw attention away from his agenda – an agenda designed to help the middle class and impoverished. Is this the Agenda that in reality has had no rhyme or reason for the past ten years? Is the IRS scandal phony? Is Benghazi phony? Is the NSA’s surveillance procedures scandal phony. Or, are they all examples of the erosion of the Separation of Powers that our founding fathers so cherished?
Everyone of them is most assuredly an abuse of the Separation of Powers which was and is an integral part of our Federal Republic. For examply, the IRS scandal shows the power of an unchecked executive branch. The Benghazi scandal and the current inability of the CIA agents to testify even to Congress’ intelligence committees shows that an all powerful executive can do anything he/she wants. Shouldn’t Congress’ Intelligence Committees have the ability to compel the testimony of those who witnessed the horrors of Benghazi to state where the orders came from and how things went from bad to disaster without fear of their employment or even their lives? There is newly mounting evidence that they are even being told to keep quite by the executive branch.
As some of you who love American History know, the major issues in the first five presidencies and in the writing and adoption of the Constitution involved the fear of the ultimate power of either the Central Government or the Executive Branch. Thomas Jefferson went so far as to suggest in the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions that the States should have the power to nullify a Federal Law if they believed it violated the Constitution. The conflict between the Federalists and Jefferson’s Republicans involved mostly whether the Central Government was becoming too powerful. The Jeffersonians feared that Hamilton’s Federalists would turn the presidency into an unchecked monarchy. Luckily the Jeffersonians prevailed at the time.
Are we getting to the point where the Separation of Powers no longer exists? Have the fears of the Jeffersonians been played out to the point where those fears are now a reality? You can argue the states have virtually become powerless. You can also argue the central government controls most things either directly or through the power of the purse. What state would be willing to take the Federal Government on and risk losing its Federal money – very few. In fact, Obamacare seems to be the first example where states are virtually giving up federal money to challenge the controversial law.
Beginning with President Nixon and continuing almost unabated through the now Monarch in Chief Obama, the presidency has become an; ”I will do what I want” mentality and you (the people) cannot stop it. ”If I want to go to war, I can. If I want to ignore Congress, I will issue an Executive Order. If I want to control foreign policy without Congressional approval, I will.” I could go on ad infinitum.
None but a few Republicans, most of them of the Libertarian ilk, seem to care. In fact, the mainstream GOP of John McCain and Chris Christie seem to think that all of this power grabbing is perfectly fine. Accordingly, this is by no means a Liberals only agenda. Only the likes of Justice Alito, Rand Paul, maybe Ted Cruz and a few others seem to have a full grasp of what the founding fathers really wanted. If it were not for these few, the fears of Jefferson, Madison and the rest would have not only been justified but would have been borne out in the worst possible way.
So, for those who believe in our Federalism and its most important Separation of Powers, we must look to these few as the voice of reason. If not, we might as well give up our Republic and allow Obama to become the monarch that we all know he would like to become anyway.