Crises Management

When Americans realize that Democrats only manage disaster, they’ll reconsider their votes.

© St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Tad Armstrong

If Democrats were moved by principle and reason, instead of crisis, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton would be their chosen candidate for President in November.

For example, as the Democrats (well, all but 17) walked out of the House chambers last week in protest of the anticipated vote to hold Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt, Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) commented, “This is not about oversight, this is about overkill.” Such childish displays should be an embarrassment to the Democratic Party and equally so to the Republican Party when they participate in such nonsense.

Sadly, Rep. Clyburn, I suggest it was about “underkill,” for I am reasonably certain that you and your party would never have been so cavalier about this gravely serious matter had the Mexican drug cartels sent 1,000 of their thugs across our border with half of the guns your administration handed over to them resulting in 200 American border agents murdered, along with 100 American civilians and the entire El Paso city council. A crisis of such magnitude would have spurned a national day of mourning, prayer vigils across the land and a serious investigation searching for responsibility, wherever the cards may fall. Right?

The reasoning and principles for such an investigation wouldn’t change, but somehow, one dead American and who-knows-how-many dead Mexicans are apparently insufficient for the mainstream media and the majority of the Democratic Party to label the Republican-led contempt citation as anything more than a witch hunt.

Need more proof? A nation that spends more than it takes in year after year after year will ultimately fail. Who doesn’t know that much? One would think we have endured a sufficient number of economic setbacks to easily understand that doubling down on the national debt during this President’s tenure is destroying our nation. The reasoning and principles are the same, but will our citizenry only be moved to action by a 1930s-type depression?

And, the jury is out on whether the American people, in sufficient number, understand that last week’s decision to uphold the fundamental aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is a crisis of such magnitude that our very freedom is at stake this November and beyond.

On the day after an attack on American freedom by five of our own (with Chief Justice Roberts firing the bullet that Patrick Henry would have taken to preserve freedom – surely you remember him – you know, the “give me liberty or give me death” guy), conservative pundit, George Will, while not directly attributing Justice Roberts’ startling shift to the left to some clever maneuver on his part, nevertheless thanked him for rejecting the Commerce Clause rationale while rekindling “the Constitution’s foundational premise” that “enumerated powers are necessarily limited.” Apparently, George likes the ruling and believes it will help to revive an insurgency against Obamatax (formerly known as Obamacare).

I find it equally alarming that, while conservative writer Charles Krauthammer believes the case was incorrectly decided, he generously gives Chief Justice Roberts kudos for maintaining the institutional integrity of the Court.

What has gotten into my conservative brethren? I will agree that Justice Roberts’ decision had to be based upon a desire to appear above the political fray. That means, however, that he has sacrificed the Constitution and his own independence upon the altar of “mainstream media and politically elite opinion,” not upon the altar of public opinion, for public opinion is decidedly against his ruling. If that is the case, he should resign, but even I would want him to wait until after the next election.

If the decision had been based upon a liberal interpretation of the Commerce Clause, a Republican victory for the White House and the Senate would ensure a repeal of Obamatax and a constitutional amendment to rein in the Clause would be relatively easy to draft.

With the ruling, however, Congress has been handed more power than the Commerce Clause could possibly grant. In fact, the Commerce Clause is now irrelevant and will no longer be used as the cornerstone of any future Congressional act. Why would a power hungry Congress do so when they can now tax us into any decision they believe we children cannot handle on our own in the land of the free? True, Obamatax can be repealed with a victory this fall, but reining in the Tax and Spend Clause with an amendment will be extraordinarily difficult to draft.

George and Charles, you should know better. There is no joy in Mudville. Yet, surely, the American people now have enough crises, when coupled with reason and principle, as Justice Roberts so candidly alluded to in his opinion, to “throw” those that manufactured this administrative nightmare out of office real soon.

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