WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 — If you are a thinking Republican—and those are rare these days—it has dawned on you that voting for a Republican majority in Congress has not accomplished much. GOP House Speaker John Boehner allowed a vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which effectively rubber-stamps President Obama’s executive amnesty for 5 million illegal immigrants. It passed with mostly Democratic votes.
The Congressional Republican leadership just endorsed Obama’s dangerous claim that Congress is irrelevant the moment it asserts its constitutional role as a co-equal branch with the executive.
So, what was all the hoopla about last November when Republicans swept into office on a wave of national disgust over the president’s executive amnesty and his dictatorial health care monstrosity?
Only one word applies to those who thought voting Republican meant “taking their country back”: Suckers!
Question: Why is there a national government in the District of Columbia?
Answer: It was established by delegates to a convention of states assembled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787.
Question: In the constitutional interplay between the individual states and the national government, who maintains the lion’s share of power?
Answer: The states. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people,” says the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Question: If the national government should slip free of its constitutional restraints and threaten the “reserved” powers of the states, is there a constitutional remedy?
Answer: Yes. Article V of the Constitution says if two-thirds “of the several states … shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution.”
The point is this: If you are expecting “change” to come from Washington, you have been brainwashed into believing America’s Baghdad on the Potomac is the only legitimate seat of power.
That is music to the ears of Washington’s power-mad power brokers. They love nothing better than watching you waste time and money working to change politicians on the national level when the real power is vested in the permanent administrative state: the president and the federal bureaucracy he administers.
- Who is driving America’s coal industry out of business through regulation? The Environmental Protection Agency.
- Who is attempting to ban constitutionally protected gun ownership through the banning of specific types of ammunition? The guys who implemented the Obama administration’s sale of weapons to Mexican drug cartels (Operation Fast and Furious), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
- Who writes the regulations driving up medical costs while lowering American health care standards? The Department of Health and Human Services.
- Who sees that new, illegal arrivals to our country receive tax refunds when they have paid no taxes? The Internal Revenue Service, which also targets conservative and Tea Party organizations for harassment.
- Who, by one vote, gave Washington power to regulate the Internet like a public utility? The Federal Communications Commission.
- Who keeps attempting to regulate political speech despite a landmark Supreme Court ruling? The Federal Election Commission.
The website UShistory.org observes chillingly, “Even the experts can’t agree on the total number of federal government agencies, commissions, and departments.”
President Ronald Reagan got it half right when he said, “The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.” Actually, programs, like politicians, come and go, but the government agencies that administer them live forever.
It’s frustrating to think that the Tea Party has fallen into the trap of believing their congressional candidates can reduce Washington’s overbearing presence in our lives. That strategy has failed miserably.
There are 535 members of Congress. There are also an estimated 2.6 million federal bureaucrats and contractors. Those numbers add up to tyranny.
You won’t limit the power of the federal government by sending conservative and Tea Party candidates to Congress when geldings like Boehner and McConnell lead them.
George Mason, a Virginia delegate to the Constitutional Convention, said that without providing the states a means of amending the document, “no amendments of the proper kind would ever be obtained by the people, if the [national] Government should become oppressive.”
A convention of states is the only remedy now left to us. Otherwise, frustrated Republicans can continue waiting for John Boehner and Mitch McConnell to grow spines. And that would represent a triumph of hope over tragic experience.