Two major items in the news this morning: Gay Marriage and SCOTUS, and Obama’s ridiculously ignorant speech on climate change.
CA governing elites are deep Blue, of course, and so are cheering this ruling. CA citizens, however, twice have voted against this, so one wonders what the reaction will be. My thought is that a voting population that rejects gay marriage, but returns to office the ignorant, idiotic clowns in Sacrademento who have spent CA way past bankruptcy, will shrug and go about their business. Too bad.
At the same time, no reason exists for a State to bend its knee toward the federal government OR Courts that were created BY the States. The States gave the Feds certain specific powers – nothing more. “Marriage” does not exist in the Constitution; the feds have zero authority to rule over it, and the States have zero obligation to adhere to a ruling by SCOTUS on something NOT in the purview of the Feds.
In the words of Andrew Jackson regarding an earlier Court, “John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it!”. (This derives from Jackson’s consideration on the case in a letter to John Coffee, “…the decision of the Supreme Court has fell still born, and they find that they cannot coerce Georgia to yield to its mandate,” (that is, the Court’s opinion because it had no power to enforce its edict).)
CA will not take this tack, but one wonders about other, more mature, States — and citizens.
I think this really is just one more nail in the coffin of an over-large, overbearing federal government that has become anything BUT representative of We the People, and that secession is the only legitimate, peaceful answer.
I want my kids to have a free country – and I doubt I am alone. We are accelerating away from that. Something will have to give, particularly if the Dems get the House next Fall, and / or Hillary is eleced in 2016, and any pretense of a representative government utterly vanishes.
I guess some – many? – Americans can chose to give up their liberties and freedoms and be ruled by Marxists – as we seem willingly to be doing right now. But not all of us will do so, and that’s a fact.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Congress could rein-in the president anytime it wanted to.
I really don’t think Congress grasps the nature or degree of hatred they are creating among the citizenry. Democrats are little, ignorant children kicking at a hornet’s nest of freedom- and liberty-loving Citizens who employ them, kicking harder every day with no idea what’ll happen… and the GOP is standing around watching them do so.
The hornets are getting angry.
Obama yesterday yammered about the Exec Orders he will issue in re: Climate Change. He either is smart enough to grasp that this is a hoax, but knows that it gives him enormous opportunity to usurp power from a Legislative branch too feeble to know what’s going on, or he is the stupidest man ever in the Oval Office. Trust me: It’s NOT the latter.
The thing that REALLY frustrates in all of this crap is this: The House has to fund all of these actions. From Obama’s $100M vacations, to the salaries, benefits and expenses of the unconstitutional Czars, to all the EOs he produces, to SS protection for Valerie Jarrett, all funding for these persons and activities must be authorized by the House. NO reason exists to do so.
The States created via the Constitution a government of checks and balances by dividing authority and responsibility. The House was created as the body closest to the People, seen as the most passionate and responsive (This is why ONLY the House can initiate tax bills, for example). The Senate was supposed to be deliberative, to slow these passions, but has become an old boys’ club in which getting along and restoring the “regular order” has become more important than their job or their oaths.
The House can stop any and all of this it wants to – BUT IT IS CHOOSING NOT TO DO SO.
This is insane.
An example of the power of the purse in the House: With the treaty that ended our involvement in Vietnam, Congress – the Senate (D) – ratified a treaty that included the word of America to fund arms parity for South Vietnam with North Vietnam. As soon as the last American left, the House (D) reneged on that treaty OBLIGATION, refused to fund what they had given their word to fund, and S. Vietnam fell, hundreds of thousands died, and millions were displaced. ALL BECAUSE THE HOUSE REFUSED TO FUND THE TREATY.
Note to GOP leadership: If the Dems can defund stuff THEY don’t like, guess what? Why do you think we gave you the House?
WE THE PEOPLE, even when putting the bastard back in the WH, continued the House being held by the GOP in 2012. But if the GOP is only going to whine – as they spend all this money funding all these things – NONE of which are supported by The People in this government of, by and for the People, rather than take action to STOP it, which is WHY we gave them the House…. then what is the point of having the GOP own the House?
Does House OR GOP leadership even grasp the import of the previous paragraph on the 2014 elections?
Night after night Greta, for example, has Issa on her show. Night after night he makes excuses for going so slowly. She is irritated by it and, as a lawyer, knows this stuff just isn’t that hard. (Hint: Whenever someone says, ‘this stuff isn’t that easy,’ they are A) Lying, B) not wanting to get it done.)
It’s past obvious that Issa could not care less about getting his job done, that most of his committee is more interested in media face-time than in doing their jobs. It is becoming more and more difficult to avoid the idea that either secession or revolution is coming – and our “rulers” will be the last to know.
And when it comes, most of them really won’t understand why. Too bad.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Congress COULD do its job and reject the usurpation of legislative authority by an out-of-control Executive.
Why they refuse to do so will baffle historian for generations.