Island Dweller says a bunch of things here, but seems to touch on the need for term limits:
Most dread and awful majesty –
Last night, while giving Lobot Ami a rubdown to prepare him for his next flight back to Esteemed Associate, I heard on a certain television news network a tape of a most interesting statement by Michael Cannon, of the Cato Institute. This statement was made while Mr. Cannon was facing a Congressional committee on which was sitting Rep Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.
That reminds me – in all seriousness, nothing in this post should be construed as support for any serious secessionist movement in this country.
Essentially, Mr. Cannon stated there appears to be a growing number of otherwise reasonable American citizens who seem to believe that if the US government considers itself to be above the law and disregards those laws that restrain it, then perhaps they should have the same attitude toward that government.
That got me to thinking (that happens now and then). There was a statement made earlier in the day by a Democrat legislator who was a proponent of Obamacare that said essentially the same thing. The cracks are indeed beginning to show publicly in that monolithic Democrat façade.
In my experience on this planet, there is no one – not even a four-star general – who guards their powers and prerogatives as jealously as a US Senator or Representative. For five years and counting now, Dear Leader has been increasingly usurping the powers of both houses of Congress with little open complaint. The passage of Obamacare in the dead of night, behind closed and locked doors, and with Democrat arm-twisting of their Republican colleagues, showed how Congressmen in his own party had enslaved themselves and prostituted their beliefs in his blind, unreasoning support. At that time, the Democrats in Congress were willing dupes. They stood by silently while DL increasingly substituted EOs for legislative process. The only reason they are bitching now is because they stand an excellent chance of being evicted from the Imperial Congress, and now they are “genuinely concerned” about DL’s governing practices that are increasingly reminiscent of a monarchy – or a dictatorship.
You are correct in your timeline. When Congress people are up for re-election, suddenly they get concerned about a whole lot of things that never interested them before, and never will again after re-election.
I guess my question is – how can someone with at least one university degree (frequently a JD as well), plus in many cases business experience and all with general life’s experiences, some fathers or mothers, parents, husbands or wives, behave in such a craven manner? Many have children and grandchildren. Are they more concerned with their fealty to DL than they are the future welfare of their offspring – and the country those offspring will inhabit?
Yes, pretty much. The fact is, most lawmakers are lousy lawyers, and most of them have no conceivable job skill out there in the real world. To misquote Ghostbusters, The real world expects results. Rather like academia, Congress likes to stay right where they are than deal with anything else. And because of that, they think that is safeguarding their children and grandchildren: as job security.
The Republicans for the most part began an evolutionary regression that would have fascinated Darwin, first losing their spines and then apparently growing gills and disappearing beneath the surface of events, thus becoming spineless jellyfish. I propose as a protest a mass mail-in of boxed fish food to Rep Boehner’s office to drive this point home.
It’s no less ironic Mr. Cannon made those remarks before Mr. Gowdy of South Carolina – the state that was first to secede from the Union in 1861, and widely considered up North to be the birthplace of that unpleasantness.
I think I’m beginning to see the first signs of an impending impeachment process for DL heading our way. After everyone’s insurance coverage is cancelled next year, there will be a mighty groundswell of unpopular sentiment even the most die-hard DL-supporter can’t ignore. The Dems are set to lose and lose BIG in November of 2014 if Republicans/conservatives play their cards right. DL will be faced in his last two years with both houses of Congress held by a hostile party, backed by an irate citizenry. This means his EOs will be coming with increasing frequency – and scope – prior to the election. The idea of an impeachment may start to be spouted more and more the closer to the 2014 mid-terms we get, and the more far-reaching those EOs become.
The Czar does not see either aggressive actions by our citizens (as popular as that meme is getting; the possibility of overtly open insurrection is being espoused by normally easy-going radio celebrities, too) nor an impeachment of the President. Rather, there will be a growing urgency to Barack Obama just going away into a humiliating retirement, like Jimmy Carter, rather than a removal from office. The Republicans cant do anything until they take the Senate anyway, and by then, a Presidential race will kick off. Obama, meanwhile, has already been discredited by the electoratethere would be little support in stopping him when he is already mostly seen as an embarrassment outside Hollywood and among the television media.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.