Mar 20 2010
I spent my life inside the Beltway of DC – half a century now. I have seen how the place consumes people and then destroys their morales and honor. It is the endless power games, inside deals and ego trips of being ‘in charge’ that turn normal Americans into pathetic know-it-all politicians, consultants and elements of the political industrial complex.
Some folks can retain a core of sensibility – usually former governors like Reagan and George W Bush. These people established their political bearings and principles outside the reeking swamp of DC politics. But some darkness always creeps in (for example Senator McCain).
This weekend we are witnessing the culmination of all these long decades of rot at the heart of our democracy. We have seen months of open bribes to state senators for hospital money or exclusions from Medicare cuts. We’ve seen constituent bribes to unions to exclude their health care plans from the taxes of Obamacare (raising the taxes on the rest of us to compensate). We’ve seen special interest bribes to big Pharmaceuticals and Insurance companies. What we don’t see is even more frightening – all those secret back door deals and threats. We even witnessed a judgeship being offered to a congressman’s brother, as said congressman went to the White House to discuss his vote. Was it the offer, or the threat of removal that swayed? Who cares – it was gross.
We are now going to pass a bill that is unconstitutional – never actually having been voted on in the House. We see the illegal application of Senate reconciliation since it touches much more than the allowed budget adjusmtnents. We see an abortion option being added through ‘enrollment’, a process done AFTER bills are passed. All of these mechanism are meant to apply a minor, broad consensus ‘tweak’ to bills, not ram through elements of a coup d’etat.
We are seeing the arrogance of the dark side of power consuming DC and threatening our great Republic (and no, I don’t think the GOP has clean hands in this, but at least the see that this issue is not one to fold over).
I do see small rays of light. There is massive bipartisan opposition to this bill and to the corrupt manner it is being enacted. As I said previously, the process counts. For example, to become rich is not wrong, but to steal from others to become rich is an illegal process. There is now a courageous a group in Congress, which range from the center left all the way to the far right, doing what they can to stand in opposition. Moreover, Majorities Â and pluralities oppose this bill, and there is a near unanimous despise for this out of control Congress.
This should not be belittled or ignored. This core of lightness in the looming shadow of darkness is what will provide the foundation for destroying the darkness in the months and years to come.Â The ghosts of the Reagan coalition and are coalescing once again. For those who want to bash the center, be careful not to shatter this foundation, this last hope. Â The center is more in opposition than in support – it just happens there is a lot a corrupt congressional leaders and president can do to coerce and threaten.
I must admit I am conflicted this weekend. I don’t want America to slip into this socialist darkness. But on the flip side, by letting the liberals expose their grossness so completely, America has also turned the corner mentally to the idea of finally dismantling the behemoth in DC once and for all. I believe to destroy this darkness requires it to come out in full view and demonstrate its destructive intentions.
We Americans are good people. We don’t need DC to tell us how to live our lives. We don’t WANT DC to order us to do their bidding. Right now there is a great opportunity for a libertarian-based contract with America leading into the fall elections. If Obamacare passes by this ugly and naked liberal power grab, there will be broad support for a moderate dismantling of the federal beast.
So what do I mean by moderate here? I mean proposals that correct problems, not ones that are so reckless or hyper-partisan they create new ones. I will use education as my example of moderate overhaul of the federal role.
We have never needed direction from DC on how to educate our kids. This has and remains a local matter. However, if the states decided to pool some federal money to provide a national SUPPORT structure to local education I would be all for it. Â Here’s the primary difference: there would no mandates from DC – none. No laws, no rules, no paper mandatory paper work. Instead of leading, DC would follow.
The ‘Education Department” would transform into an organization to provide a conduit for ideas, lesson plans, innovation and emergency funds to states and school districts. It would work FOR the states – not the other way around. It would sponsor workshops and conferences where success stories and mistakes are shared. It would offer electronic repositories for lesson plans that worked and could be shared by everyone. It would provide a repository or link for virtual lectures from astronauts and industrial leaders and military heros to share their insights. It would become a TOOL of education, and it would work FOR the people.
This simple role reversal can work for much of the domestic side of government. Some areas will remain, such as the FCC, FAA and DoD. Some places would have to be completely redone, like FANNIE MAE and FREDDIE MAC (no more picking the pockets of Americans and leaving a destroyed economy in your wake). There will be accountability to the people and the states. The federal government will become a servant to the nation once again.
This kind of radical correction can only be supported in the face of radical destruction. Obama and the liberals in DC have created such a moment in time, and it is clear which side the American people are on right now. There is no Surge coming to save Obamacare and the liberals. The Surge will be to finally fix DC, and leave America to be free and alive as it was intended to be.