What explains the “business as usual” approach the GOP Senate leadership is taking to the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, Obama’s choice to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General? Lynch has said that she sees nothing unconstitutional about Obama’s abuse of executive orders to take actions unwarranted by laws duly enacted by the U.S. Congress. Obama’s actions blatantly usurp the legislative initiative which the U.S. Constitution vests exclusively in the U.S. House and Senate. Allowing such actions to be treated as acceptable precedents for the future turns the U.S. Government into a dictatorship, like the old Soviet Union, in which the legislature exists simply to rubber stamp the unilateral actions of the Party clique that controls the executive force of government.
In order to beguile voters before and during the 2014 election, the GOP quislings were quite willing to give the impression that they, too, see Obama’s actions as a “lawless” attack against the authority of the U.S. Constitution. Given the fact that every U.S. Senator is sworn to uphold the Constitution, it makes no sense for any of them to decry this ongoing attack on its authority only to turn around and cast a vote that says that someone who supports that attack is fit to be the nation’s chief legal officer. It is as if a Bank’s Board of Directors should vote to approve, as its new CFO, one of the leaders of the gang that’s been robbing its branch offices. In fact, it’s worse than that. It’s as if the police authorities assigned to apprehend the gangsters instead gave them a police escort, to make sure no one interfered with their getaway.
After all, the Constitution gives the U.S. Congress responsibility for policing the activities of the executive branch, with a view to identifying and removing from office anyone guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Is there a higher civil crime than systematically violating the Constitutional provision (Article IV.4) that requires the U.S. Government to guarantee the republican form of government in the United States (i.e., the form of government in which executive actions must be based on laws passed by duly elected representatives of the people.)? The sovereign voice of the people ordains and establishes the Constitution. An attack on the Constitutional prerogatives of their representatives is therefore a direct attack on the sovereign whose will the Constitution enacts. Such an attack is tantamount to lese majesté, long held to be among the highest forms of treason.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, and others like him, are therefore only doing their sworn duty when and if they act on the view that Loretta Lynch’s embrace of Obama’s lawless abuses makes her unfit to serve as Attorney General. Republicans who vote to confirm her in that office will prove, by that fact alone, that their professed opposition to Obama’s lawless, unconstitutional march to dictatorship is an outright lie. By that vote they will confirm that they are collaborators in Obama’s dictatorial enterprise, who well deserve the label “quisling”. It accurately describes their willingness to break faith with the people they are supposed to represent.
Of course, the mantra of the quisling Congressional leaders is “governing”, not representation. By this oft repeated mantra they show that they now regard themselves now as agents of government power, not representatives of the people charged with making sure that power is constrained by respect for God-endowed right. Their abdication of duty in this respect explains and greatly contributes to our nation’s slide into dictatorship.
Though, for electoral purposes, these quislings usurp the conservative name, their obsession with “governing” is just another sign that they have surrendered to the leftist cant they profess to oppose. America’s founders did not look upon government as an end in itself, but as an instrument, meant to serve the common good of the people as a whole. They held to the view that, In respect of that good, the first order of business is justice, not “governing” for its own sake.
Of course, this instrumental view of government assumed that in general, government is not responsible for the welfare and happiness of the society. In light of conscience, as informed by God’s endowment of right, the pursuit of happiness is the responsibility of the people themselves. Hence the engines of societal decency, prosperity and strength are the voluntary associations of the people, their families, churches, businesses, etc.
The coercive force of law produced and enabled by their consent to form a civil government, is not what mainly produces those goods. As Madison says in the Federalist, “…if men were angels, government would not be necessary.” The coercive power of government exists to deal with those who choose to disrespect the standard of God-endowed right and who can only be brought to honor it in the breach. Such people take “right” to mean unbridled freedom, the license to do whatever they have will and power enough to get away with, for as long as no superior power thwarts their ambition. This gangster mentality was the principle with which the Roman Republic began, and by which it was ultimately destroyed. It was the principle by which all the world’s greatest empires rose, expanded and perished. Infected with ill ambition, they swelled with the pus of rapacious violence of every kind, until their swelling power was lanced by some greater instrument of power, whetted by a more capably ruthless will.
America’s founders rejected this gangster mentality. But for some time now, America’s elitist faction has been intent on destroying the republic they instituted. They seek to set and keep the United States on a course like that of the elitist gangster empires of past. They are counting on Barack Obama’s dictatorial spree to inaugurate the final stage of this transition to tyranny. Is there still time for America’s true republicans to awaken and thwart their aim? Not if they keep buying into the self-evident lies of the GOP quislings, and pinning their political hopes to the sham electoral processes now mainly controlled by the elitist faction those quislings serve.
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