Well-meaning conservatives talk a lot about the need for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. But the fact is that we don’t need a balanced budget amendment. Why? Because it would just encourage Congress to increase taxes to make up any shortfall. What we do need is a constitutional amendment that reaffirms, in hard-hitting, direct, modern language, that the Ninth and Tenth Amendments mean what they say.
And to put even more teeth into it, we need another amendment that would hold elected officials, bureaucrats, and judges criminally liable for violating the Constitution. Why are Congress, the administration, unelected czars, and regulatory bureaucrats allowed to violate the Constitution with impunity?
Why was Chris Dodd never indicted? Why have Barney Frank or Charlie Rangel not been indicted? Why is Eric Holder not being indicted? Why is Barack Obama, who violates the Constitution every day of his life, not under indictment?
One of the things that attracted me to Michele Bachmann prior to the 2010 midterm elections was that she said, “I think that all we should do is issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another, and expose all the nonsense that has gone on.” I assume that by nonsense, she meant blatant criminal activity.
Regardless, once the Republicans gained control of the House, I never heard another word about subpoenas. The reason the subpoenas, indictments, and convictions almost never happen is because both sides have dirty hands and therefore find it practical to protect each other. Which leaves it to private citizens to take action. But, unfortunately, most of them are too disinterested, too busy enjoying life — or making a living — or too apathetic.
In this vein, I was surprised and disappointed when Ben Shapiro, editor-at–large at Breitbart.com, said, in reference to the mounting evidence that Barack Obama does not have a legal U.S. birth certificate, “I think it’s a waste of resources. Number one, I don’t think it’s true. Number two, even if it were true, it would have no impact on the political debate, because nobody can do anything about it.”
Just think about those words for a second: Even if the president of the United States committed fraud and gained office illegally, he can sign economy-crushing laws, spend Americans into oblivion, support America’s enemies abroad, and fundamentally transform America — and nothing can be done about it?
Now you can appreciate why, when I was taking a political science course, I asked my teacher, “What’s to stop a president or Congress from simply ignoring the Constitution?” The teacher condescendingly chuckled at my question and made some wisecrack, after which the class broke into boisterous laughter.
For some reason, I thought about all those faded faces today and wondered how many of them are still laughing.
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