Monkey-Wrenching the Gears of Government
Now or Never
How and why Ron Paul needs to monkey-wrench the gears of government
by Brian Wilson
Congressman Ron Paul was on the show with me last week to discuss the aftermath of the kabuki dance politicians and media alike dubbed the Great Debt Ceiling Debate. (Note: Winston Smith, Newspeak Department, is busily re-working (see also: “debauching”) the definition of “debate” for our common parlance). I inquired about the constitutionality of the new “Supercommittee,” part of the recently enacted legislation which empowers a Gang of 12 (6 Idiots and 6 Criminals) to expectorate alleged “solutions” to the lingering problems left unresolved by the Gutless Morons (see also: “Congressmen” and “Senators”) who voted “Aye” (or possibly “Oye!”) for this pitiful display of doo-doo diligence in a representative democracy. An “up or down” vote would follow. No questions asked, answered, debated or amended. “There is nothing to see here….These are not the droids you’re looking for…..”
As expected, Dr. Paul unhesitatingly pronounced the arrangement “unconstitutional” to which point I asked: who, then, would file the Constitutional challenge to forestall this latest end-run around The Rules? He paused and mused for a moment, then pointed out the difficulty proceeding in such matters because the courts have established a history of denying “Standing” to the individual or group bringing the suit.
Two days later, in The Hill, Paul indicated “…that he might challenge the creation of a new “supercommittee” in Congress aimed at finding $1.5 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade.”
On CNBC Thursday, Paul said, “I would challenge it in the courts and say that it is not a constitutional function…There’s no authority to have a super-Congress who takes over for what the House and Senate are supposed to do.”
Memo to Congressman Paul: SIC ’EM!
Likely you are familiar with the proverb: “It’s easier to get forgiveness than permission.” It works in conjunction with this axiom: “Most politicians begin every day betting their careers on the preponderance of ignorance, apathy or sheer stupidity of the voter.”