COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., November 30, 2014 — The Thanksgiving turkey is gone, Black Friday craziness are over. It is now the season of Advent, when Christians look forward with hope and joy to the celebration of the birth of our Savior. Yet before we can truly relax and enjoy the holiday season we have one more threat to deal with: the Lame Ducks.
If anyone thought the left was going to roll over and give up after their electoral defeat on November 4, they must realize by now that isn’t going to happen.
Take for example defeated Colorado Sen. Mark Udall. He gave the state he was elected to serve the middle finger and voted against the Keystone Pipeline bill. His vote would have allowed the bill to move forward; it might even have helped his colleague Mary Landrieu in next week’s run-off election.
Then there’s the president himself. Last week he declared himself El Presidente and rewrote immigration law single-handedly. The former professor of constitutional law apparently missed the part in Article I Section 8 which gives that sole power to the Congress.
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. – James Madison, Federalist 47
There’s more to come: EPA regulations to control every drop of water that falls from the sky and an FCC that wants to control the internet under the benign and misleading name of “net neutrality” — despite being told by the courts twice that they do not have that power. Federal courts have overruled the states and declared same-sex “marriage” as a right.
Some think that we have reached the tipping point and that the federal Leviathan will soon control every aspect of our lives.
We the People have all the tools we need to prevent it.
Syndicated columnist Donald Lambro wrote last week of the coming war between Congress and the president. In the next two years, he predicts, Congress will pass bill after bill that the president will veto.
If you thought the bare-knuckled, no-holds-barred, midterm elections were rough, the last two years of Barack Obama’s presidency will make that look like a Sunday school picnic. — Donald Lambro
Lambro believes that Congress will re-assert its constitutional role as the pre-eminent branch of government. Congress needs to do that. In so doing, the American people will realize that an intransigent, ideological chief executive needs to be replaced with one who will honor his oath of office and be subservient to the rule of law and to the people who hire and fire presidents.
There are those who doubt that Congress has enough backbone to use the power the Constitution gives them. If Republicans continue to fear the popularity of the president, they are mistaken. Gallup reported this week that his popularity has fallen to just 27 percent of working class whites. Inevitably, as the effects of the mish-mash of liberal policies begins to hit people harder, his popularity will fall even more.
Then again, our system of government gives us more tools to fight tyranny. The states have power over the federal government even though we foolishly gave up some of that power with the direct election of senators. A full 69 of 99 state legislatures are now under Republican control and 31 of the states have Republican governors. These are the highest numbers in a century. We the People have more direct power at the state level than at the federal level.
We have more than enough ammunition to finish off these lame ducks. Anything they pass in December can be undone in January. We just need to provide our elected representatives any backbone they may need to get the job done.
It’s open season on lame ducks.