If government of the people, by the people and for the people should perish from the Earth, its demise will have started with this president’s relentless, Chavez-like power grabbing—and the failure of craven Republicans to resist it. Be not deceived: this is a direct assault on our way of life and on our freedoms.
If this assault is not halted, one day America will no longer be the Golden Door for huddled masses who yearn to breathe free; it’ll be like the old Soviet Union: a place where the people live by and for the government, and yearn to leave.
The Founders, subjects of a king at the time, designed our republic with checks and balances to defend against this very menace. But the Founders did not anticipate the refusal of the Legislative Branch to defend its turf.
Since the GOP’s historic conquest of the Democrats in November, there could’ve been no doubt in any Republican’s mind that the Nation was fed up with Obama. Many Repubs had angrily criticized the president’s recent exemption of 5 million illegals from deportation.
So, we expected every Republican to at least vote for [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] ’s point of constitutional order, this past Saturday. The point of order was meant to assert, albeit symbolically, that this was an unconstitutional act. Lest any be confused over the issue, Cruz even said this before the vote: “If you believe President Obama’s executive order was unconstitutional vote yes, if you think the president’s executive order is constitutional vote no.”
It was obvious to even double-digit IQers that the president does not have the right to tell millions of people to ignore the law.
But the GOP was gripped by a fevered compulsion to prove it can work with Democrats, and a morbid dread that the point of order might delay passage of the $1.1 trillion Cromnibus bill for a few days.
These schoolgirl emotions apparently trumped their oath to “support and defend the Constitution.” No less than 20 Republicans, including [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ], did vote no on the point of order—in effect, endorsing the president’s unlawful act.
This does not augur well for the future, which will require that Republicans wage a ferocious battle to arrest executive imperialism and restore the balance of powers.
Like most of the Nation, the GOP is utterly unaware of the forces working to demean America—socially, economically, militarily. I speak of the Democratic Party, backed by thousands of busy leftist groups. We see them protest nightly in the streets; know that they did not show up spontaneously.
All of these must be overcome, if we are to keep the republic Ben Franklin and the other founders gave us. There is hope, however: 22 Repubs voted with Cruz, a number that surely must be menacing to McConnell.
If we want to raise that number, hell must have no fury like an electorate scorned. And we have been scorned by those we’ve elected. All patriots should e-mail this reminder to their representatives:
Republic: “a country that is governed by elected representatives and by an elected leader (such as a president) rather than by a king or queen.” —Merriam-Webster
The opening line of this piece is the closing line of Abraham Lincoln’s sublime address, in reverse. His mighty words peal down through the ages: that his nation was being tested, but we “resolve that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” That was on November 19, 1863—when America was “engaged in a great civil war.”
We are engaged in a far more fateful civil war today, if Republicans but knew it. They must clear their minds of the Obama image—staged by the perfidious press—a vast intellect with a Godlike countenance, oft portrayed in photos with a halo over his furrowed brow.
Today, we know it was furrowed with solemn reflection on the task ahead: how he would remake America as a second-rate power, economically and militarily frail, hopelessly divided against itself.
Now the president has shown, by tipping the balance of powers toward himself, that he means to dismantle the very structure of the republic.
It remains to be seen how the incoming, GOP-controlled Senate will respond to this latest action, if at all.
It’s up to us to energize them.