Posted on | February 29, 2016 | 99 Comments
Here are the first there paras of a must-read Angelo Codevilla essay over at the Federalist:
The Obama years have brought America to the brink of transformation from constitutional republic into an empire ruled by secret deals promulgated by edicts. Civics classes used to teach: “Congress makes the laws, the president carries them out, judges decide controversies, and we citizens may be penalized only by a jury of our peers.”
Nobody believes that anymore, because no part of it has been true for a long time. Barack Obama stopped pretending that it is. During the twentieth century’s second half, both parties and all branches of government made a mockery of the Constitution of 1789. Today’s effective constitution is: “The president can do whatever he wants so long as one-third of the Senate will sustain his vetoes and prevent his conviction upon impeachment.”
Obama has been our first emperor. A Donald Trump presidency, far from reversing the ruling class’s unaccountable hold over American life, would seal it. Because Trump would act as our second emperor, he would render well-nigh impossible our return to republicanism.
The whole thing is an essential read, and floats the question: who best to un-frack this mess? No one, really; “Progress” was built in a century. We can start with Cruz, but it’s going to take much more than eight years to get to a suitable course.
Via Bearing Drift, here is a more detailed personal deconstruction of Her Majesty’s Secret Servant:
Loved the Gold Sharpie bit starting at 6:00.
We can thank Blutarski of Queens for driving forth the unlamented Florida Niedermeyer. Because we’re generous like that. But now it’s time for conservatives to sober up.
Voting Trump is like saying you're so sick of cheap GOPe beer, by crackie, you're buying crack. #NeverTrump
— IGotOverMachoGrande (@smitty_one_each) February 29, 2016