Posted on | October 17, 2013 | 34 Comments
A quaint notion I had in my youth was that wisdom and age were proportional. The older you got, the wiser you got, the further up the food chain you got. Thus (I was a young squid at the time) by the time one made Admiral, one must really Know. What’s. Up. The hard reality that I was wrong, and one must trust (but verify) one’s leadership dawned on me in my 20s. And the most ultimately wrong human being in American political history may have been Woodrow Wilson.
A century after that famous knob Woodrow, we have the spectacle of the Senate Majority/Minority leaders wheeling and dealing, passing legislation, and running it through the House in the crap-through-goose fashion (which metaphor holds on multiple levels) in order to prevent “default” and “reopen” government. How is that not a direct refutation of Article I, Section VII? The Senate, directly elected since the 17th Amendment, is a Little House, isn’t it?
But the House is more of a Big Senate, since its original function of representing the people was weakened by freezing its size in 1910. The people, if asked, freely whine about how Congress is broken, and the country is on the wrong track. Congress is doing a great job of representing the one party that matters, Progressives, and putting on biennial election spectacles featuring two “opposing” parties. The individual egos in question may chafe each other, sure. Once they’ve mouthed their oath to a document they (as a whole) no longer serve with any real fidelity, though, they return to the business of expanding Leviathan, their true task.
The question of “what to do?” hangs in the air. Of the two “opposing” parties, the Republicans had seemed slightly less infested with the Progressive plague. The GOP, as the Progressives carved up the American people into constituencies the last century, had staked out the more patriotic, historically minded sectors. Thus, the Tea Party opted to try to work with the GOP to do something, anything, to stave off what sure seems like pending collapse:
- No proper budgets since BHO was elected.
- No effective debt ceiling, and it isn’t clear whether sequestration retains any meaning either.
- No stopping horrendous legislation like #ObamaCare, a stillborn Progressive child, born breech, and likely to take the mother with it, economically speaking, next year.
The Big Senate and Little House squabble over punctuation, pile up reams of unread legislation, then ram it through in the dark, unread. How is it that these Congresscritters’ tongues don’t explode in their heads when they swear in? And when reformers of the Cruz/Paul/Lee ilk do manage to get into office, they are viewed as insurgents. Guitarists at a drum camp. Cattle ranchers on a vegan commune. Once legislation is written, which one might be tempted to think finalizes matter, you have legions of un-elected bureaucrats who write regulations atop them. So not only have the Big Senate and Little House drifted together in terms of function, they’ve drifted away from their original purpose of crafting the rules by which the country operates. To the point that the IRS can be used to suppress the Tea Party with impunity. Strangely silent on the case: the Republican Party. On the one hand, it would be hard to be impartial, as a party, on the topic. On the other hand, preventing those meddling Tea Partiers from reforming anything serves Holy Progress.
So if you’re in the 87% of the people in the Rasmussen survey linked above who think this is total hooey, what to do? The Tea Party and the GOP are like a couple that is only slightly less dysfunctional together. This is because the GOP elite are sold out to Wilson’s Progress, and the Tea Party clings bitterly to quaint notions, e.g. the Republican platform. The Tea Party is clearly “extreme” in this.
The most likely remedy to all this is to continue electing Tea Partiers to Congress on the Republican ticket. This is going to mean RINO targeting, e.g. Lindsey Graham. Nancy Mace is going to need your support. Only by claiming some RINO scalps is the message going to take on meaning, and the power to unwind Wilson’s silliness can be built. This will not be a quick fix. The situation may be so far gone that a broader economic collapse could be well advanced at this point. Who knows anything, in an era of politicized numbers from the BLS?
It boils down to will. The Big Senate/Little House problem will be addressed by patient people doing the hard work of staying engaged over years, repeating the good, criticizing the bad, and preserving the actual history of what’s gone on. I say this as a note to self. During the shutdown, I was halfway ready to walk away from this noise entirely. I’ve certainly gained new understanding of those who do give up on politics entirely. Woodrow, you were wrong, and we’ve got to attack your wrongness head on (apply directly to the forehead) until it’s undone.