It’s long past time: a letter to Speaker Boehner
Dear John Boehner, et al.,
President Obama's use of the EPA -- and frankly, his misuse of the entire administrative state (itself constitutionally dubious if not downright anathema to representative republicanism) -- is not an attempt to clean the air or clean the water. As a developed, industrialized nation, the US already has the luxury of clean air and clean water, made possible, ironically, by the very riches its history of industrial innovation have provided for. Instead, Obama's latest cap and trade fiat is an attempt to destroy the middle class, to recreate a feudal model, and to entrench a permanent ruling elite over a mass of subjects who will be unable to afford the price of energy, and so will be forced to alter their standard of living, including (and especially, insofar as it pertains to liberty) their opportunities for physical mobility. Obama trained under those whose first desire was to destroy the "middle class"; by creating government dependency on the one hand and crony capitalism with government collusion and protection on the other, they will have created the conditions for liberal fascism, which needs as part of its structural force policing powers, be they administrative fines and lawfare, or increasingly armed federal departments with their own enforcement apparatus.
Now, the idea of a big centralized command and control economy run by a ruling elite may appeal to you, despite your party affiliation. But I can tell you this: it doesn't appeal to your base, or to the currently underinformed mob of humanity that will one day wake up to find that they are trapped, that their liberty has been stolen, and that the time they spent watching bad reality TV could have been better spent watching the fictional machinations of a putative two party system.
And they are going to be rip-roaringly pissed off. Not just at the progressives, but at the GOP who hasn't been able to stop the progressives, and who spends more time trying to neuter its base than it does trying to stop Obama's big government overreach.
So it's come down to this: you have control of the House. You control the purse strings for the country. You are the PEOPLE'S House, and have been elected into the majority to represent our wishes.
And it is very much not our wish to have our electrical grids grind to a halt, our coal mines shut down, our fellow citizens to lose jobs and find themselves dependent on government, and our very exhalation deemed a poison under the control of an unelected body peopled with radical environmentalists and assorted Marxists.
Which means it is incumbent upon you to use your Majority status and your constitutional authority to defund the EPA as a means to defund what is an effort to de-industrialize and re-feudalize society.
There is no room for "nuance" or "realism" or "pragmatism" -- all of which you use as codes for "political positioning in advance of the next election cycle" -- in this instance. You simply must cut the EPA off at its ankles and let it know that it is not going to run roughshod over the people to whom government is supposed to answer.
You simply must show Obama that his dictates are not going to stand, and if he gives speeches caterwauling about how you want the air and water poisoned and the earth to boil, call him on both the dubious science and the fearmongering hyperbole.
The fact is, CO2 is what we exhale and what plants take in, the end result being the oxygen we need to live. It makes up a miniscule part of the atmosphere. And there is no political body on earth that can control the climate, no matter how many paid off scientists they get to suggest otherwise.
This is not a difficult fight to win. Your message should be a simple one: Obama's EPA is essentially declaring humanity a poison. They are declaring plants -- which turn into food -- accomplices to planet murder. All of which is of course absurd. This is nothing more than an attempt to will away the kind of energy they don't like in order to subsidize the kind of energy they claim to like -- and yet when they had the opportunity to allow the Keystone pipeline to proceed, they blocked it and the natural gas it would carry.
Rendering any argument they make about this being about clean energy or the health of the planet moot.
The progressives consider the masses a blight upon their earth. Which is why they are always seeking to "nudge" them, socially-engineer them, reinvent them, harass them into compliance, and molest them into torpor.
You have the power to stop them from "humanely" reducing the human population, as one proponent of this nonsense put it -- and not only that, but you have the obligation to do so, both as Speaker for the Majority of the people's House and as an elected official sworn to uphold the Constitution Obama is sidestepping.
If you don't use your separate legislative power to stop executive overreach, there is no reason whatever for we to maintain a Congress, or pretend to engage in checks and balances.
In which case, just declare Obama King, disband, and let's just get on with thing already.
Doing nothing is no longer an option. And no, crying doesn't count as taking active steps. Sorry.
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