GOP on Twitter
If you follow the GOP mouthpieces on Twitter, the running meme has been that conservatives — because of their stubborn, unrealistic expectations — harmed the Party, who without them may have been able to win certain concessions from Obama, who as we all know is a post-partisan, pragmatic fellow eager to compromise, just not when he’s being held hostage by wacko bird demands that, say, Congress have to live under its own law, and that UNIVERSAL waivers delay implementation of ObamaCare, whose roll-out has been a disaster of epic proportions.
I’m posting an open question to these types — who continue to tell us it in unwise to pick fights we “cant win” (even with 68% of the American public against ObamaCare, and the embarrassing failure of its web portals) — and it it this: if we only fight battles we know we can win, how is that a “fight” at all? It’s a WWE match. Entertainment. Theater. Fixed and preordained.
Further, I posed this question to the same types on Twitter: if the Congress agrees to Obama’s demands, caving to his threat to default (and to do so, he would have to once again defy the Constitution, particularly the 14th Amendment, just as the Treasury would have to defy its own incipient act), that means that all the Executive has to do, going forward, is threaten default should he be denied funding increases — without Congressional oversight (he can spend on bureaucracies, whose regulations have the force of law) to check him — giving the Executive de facto control over the power of the purse.
If this is the case — and it’s not something we can “fight smart” at this time — then how is it we can still pretend we live in a constitutional republic?
And why don’t they seem to care that this is exactly the state of affairs?
I believe the moment Boehner agreed to accept the left’s framing of a potential “default” the fight was over. And many in the GOP joined him in promoting the idea that a “default” was actually possible — without explaining that for it to be possible, Obama and Lew would have to defy the 14th Amendment and intentionally sabotage the full faith and credit of the US. That is, that “default” could only happen if the President ordered it, and in doing so he would be violating the Constitution and risking the economic destruction of the US and many world markets.
But that was evidently too difficult an argument to make, so they adopted the left’s “default” talking point, then joined them in suggesting that TEA Party conservatives — Ted Cruz in particular — are responsible for the current state of affairs, as if it were Cruz and Lee, et al., who helped build up a $17 Trillion debt, and are allowing Obama to increase that by demanding a debt ceiling increase, usurping Congress’s power in the process.
This is understandably acceptable to progressives, who despise the Constitution and its checks on an all-powerful centralized government; but what is the reason the establishment GOP and its mouthpieces accept this turn of events?
The answer is one of two things: either they are cowardly, insular, DC-centric hacks who are more interested in the games of politics than in the foundational documents establishing rule of law, protecting our liberty and sovereignty, and laying out our principles of governance; or else they see in this “fundamental transformation” future opportunities to use such powers for themselves.
Either way, it’s cynical and unseemly, particularly as they then try to use conservatives as scapegoats for their own capitulation, which they self-servingly paint as nuanced and “smart.” As if, had Ted Cruz and the crazed teabaggers who gave them the House not interfered, this time they were REALLY going to stand up to Obama, and maybe even extract from him more cuts to the rate of expanded spending — in exchange, of course, for more “taxes on the rich,” another 1.1 Trillion in spending availability, and an end to much of the sequester.
Which is evidently what passes for 3-D chess in today’s GOP establishment.
This government does not represent we, the people. It represents DC and all its ancillary insiders and parasites.
That’s the truth, painful though it is to hear.
But fuck it: I get marginalized for running my mouth anyway, so what are they gonna do next, have me shot?