“Barack Obama, a man long intent on breaking free from the Constitution’s essential constraints, has succeeded in doing so.” — Phil Kerpen
Despite the best efforts of Barack Obama and the Federal Government, our Constitution is not dead yet, but it soon will be unless we can force the bushwhackers in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches to cease using it for target practice.
Our friend Curtice Mang, a contributor at What Would The Founders Think, has ruminated upon the assault on our founding document by the socialistic control freaks presenting themselves as ‘progressives’ and ‘Democrats’, and he offers his conclusions in a tome titled The Constitution: I’m Not Kidding! And Other Tales of Liberal Folly. A sampling:
- To suggest, for example, that Article 1 of the Constitution (which created the legislative branches and specifies their powers and duties) is not relevant because James Madison didn’t have an iPod is akin to belittling Mozart’s music for its lack of electric guitars.
- The political left has a fundamental belief that all money is theirs to spend. There are, however, two exceptions: they won’t spend it on defense and they won’t spend their own.
- For a brief look at the effect of higher taxes we must turn our attention to that esteemed economist, businessman and preeminent rock guitarist, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. In his autobiography, Richards wrote that in the early 1970s the tax rate in Britain for high-income earners was 83 percent and it went up to 98 percent for investments and “unearned” income. The Stones then made a rational business decision: they moved to France.
- The role of government is to protect all its citizens from everything—except government.
- During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama said, “We are the people we have been waiting for.” Although I’m sure it was unintended, it sounds quite similar to Jimmy Buffett’s “We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About.” Keep that in mind the next time a liberal politician says that the government needs to increase your taxes or you drive past the Robert C. Byrd Memorial Lint Factory.
- Over the past couple of decades, the government—from George H. W. Bush to Bill Clinton to George W. Bush to both parties in Congress—encouraged home ownership. But, really, they did much more than encourage. They made laws and regulations, like the Community Reinvestment Act (1977), that made it easier than ever to own a home. The CRA was used to help fuel the housing bubble in the first decade of the new century by providing justification for lowing lending standards. No credit, no problem. No job, no problem. No income, no problem. Any convenience store clerk with an associate degree in women’s studies could qualify for a half-million–dollar mortgage. If the two-year degree was in minority studies and you worked part-time in fast food, you could get a $700,000 loan. And, if you never went to college, lived in your parents’ basement, and spoke highly of the 1960s, that got you a million-dollar house, plus your loan officer would meet you for drinks—and he paid the tab!
- If one were to listen to the political left (not a practice I would recommend on an empty stomach—or even a full stomach, for that matter) the mortgage meltdown was the result of: a) Wall Street greed or b) Greedy Wall Street. That the government encouraged, cajoled, coerced, or even demanded that lenders make bad loans played no role. And Fannie Mae got a free pass. Not to worry, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd (D–Clueless) came to the rescue with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2009). (Ugh! I just swallowed a Life Saver.) Only in Congress could an individual who had a large role in creating the housing crisis get to “reform” the financial sector. When eight members of the Chicago White Sox took bribes from gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series (and became known as the Black Sox), even the baseball owners (not the brightest lot) had the good sense not to put them in charge of “reforming” the integrity of the game.
- Judging by their performance, the likes of Frank, Dodd, Pelosi, and Obama, et al., have much to be modest about. Yet modesty and humility are not in their DNA. If they had any modesty or humility, they would not tell the banks who to lend to, what interest rates to charge, what socks to wear, where to eat, what to eat, and where to be merry. They have all the answers—just ask them. The problem is they don’t have the correct answers.
- The environmental left would have preferred that the internal combustion engine never have been invented. They look back fondly on the horse and buggy days when horse dung was piled neck deep along the side of the road and flies were so plentiful they had their own union. Ah, yes, those were the days.
- Given what the American taxpayer has doled out to GM, I think each American of legal driving age ought to get a free car. Really, we’ve already paid for it.
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