The Camel Swallowers
For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel. (Matthew 23:22)
When it comes to the little partisan tempests that have these become the main stuff of controversy in the politics of our so-called “two-party system”, I find myself, like the child in Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story (“The Emperor’s New Clothes”) unable to see what others are making such a fuss about. Right now the first skirmishes of the mock partisan combat that will culminate in the 2016 Presidential vote are being staged for the bemusement of the general public. Hillary Clinton’s use or abuse of private email accounts while serving as Secretary of State has momentarily taken center stage. We are supposed to believe that this controversy could lead to the early demise of her campaign.
As someone utterly opposed to just about everything hard bitten socialists like Hillary Clinton stand for, I guess I’m supposed to be cheering on the GOP forces for law and order who are loudly decrying Clinton’s cavalier disregard for the “law”, as well as the supposed risk to our national security her action must have entailed. (I’m not sure how credible the latter concern is. Given the Snowden episode, Hillary probably preferred to use private email accounts because she had little confidence in the ones the U.S. Government maintains. The contents of those private emails are still unknown to the public, apparently, while U.S. Government business conducted using supposedly secure official channels has been out there for all to see.)
However that may be, I guess we’re supposed to jeer at her unfair application of a double standard, since she harshly applied penalties to subordinates for breaches of which she herself was guilty. I should cheer and applaud the champions of the GOP, raising the alarum against her lawlessness. But I am put in mind of Christ’s critique of the Pharisees, quoted at the outset of this article. For it seems to me that on the issues of lawless and the betrayal of the safety and sovereignty of the American people, the GOP is in the position of straining out Hilary Clinton’s gnats, while swallowing Obama’s camels whole.
But why should I take the GOP’s outcry about Clinton’s ‘lawlessness’ seriously when they themselves have consistently put the lie to their similar outcry against Barack Obama’s even more dangerously lawless behavior on matters that directly affect the most vital constitutional and security issues this nation faces. If they are so concerned about lawlessness, what accounts for the U.S. Senate’s business as usual approach to Senate confirmation for Obama’s appointees to the highest positions that have to do with law enforcement and national defense? What accounts for their supine willingness to fund his lawless, unconstitutional edicts on the status and treatment of illegal immigrants?
Given that track record, most Americans will be prone to conclude that the current outcry is all about scoring political points, and not at all about the real safety and best interests of the country. On that latter score, the GOP Congress has no credibility. If they seriously apprehend the damage that has been done by the Obama faction’s lawless behavior, why hasn’t’ the GOP majority in the House acquitted its constitutional obligation to investigate and impeach the malefactor-in-chief for his high crimes and misdemeanors? That serious undertaking would put a much need question mark next to all of the lawless actions this Obama and his cronies have persisted in.
As things stand, it seems that the GOP only cares about the integrity of the law and the U.S. Constitution when it serves their political advantage. When dealing with it requires the political courage to stand before the American people doing what the Constitution mandates to get to the facts, whatever the political risk, the GOP’s quisling leaders are adamantly averse to doing their Constitutional duty.
As far as the threat to the safety, constitution and sovereignty of the American people is concerned, the GOP’s self-cancelling behavior frankly invites us to apply Gertrude Stein’s often abused quip, “There’s no there, there.” The fact that the GOP’s quisling leadership has supinely collaborated with Obama on the very issue they played up to their conservative constituents during the 2014 elections has finally led many diehard GOP loyalists to see the GOP’s potty dance of alarm (against Obama, Clinton and the whole Democrat wing of the elitist faction) for what it is: the protestations of phony victimization from people determined to cheat on their constituents, while using a show of exaggerated outrage to escape the political opprobrium they deserve.
The authority and integrity of the U.S. Constitution is being systematically attacked by committed ideologues intent on its de facto elimination. Across the sham partisan divide elements of the elitist faction which is sponsoring the attack are cooperating to make it successful. Unlike some people, I don’t think the GOP’s quisling leaders are motivated by partisan political ambition. They are cooperating with the far more dangerous faction ambition of an elitist clique that means to throw off the yoke of democratic-republican constitutionalism in order to replace it with government by the whim of a freshly minted oligarchy, no longer constrained by respect for the God-endowed rights all people are supposed, by the American creed, to enjoy.
So instead of using the constitutional means available to call Barack Obama to account for his continual violations of the Constitution, they stir up a little tempest over Hillary Clinton’s emails. Hillary Clinton’s political hopes may or may not weather that squall. What matters to the treacherous tools of the elitist faction is that Obama’s constitutional breaches remain intact, unchallenged on the historical record. Thus they will be positioned as formally unchallenged precedents for more sweeping demarches that fully entrench the power of the essentially lawless regime of elitist power with which they mean to replace what was once the representative, constitutional self-government of the American people.
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