Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)is frustrated that things aren’t all going the GOP’s way. It is a surprise to no one that the Tea Party/GOP platform this election cycle revolves around things that have nothing to do with fixing the economy they destroyed in eight years under Bush. And while they claim they are “fiscal conservatives”, what this really means is that we should be spending money on what THEY want to spend it on – generally further enriching the rich and on war.
McConnell says it’s time for a constitutional amendment forcing a balanced budget. What’s hilarious about this is that President Clinton managed this without an amendment. Democrats since Eisenhower’s presidency have been very careful with the debt and the budget. It’s the Republicans who have repeatedly gummed things up with out of control spending. And while it was Eisenhower who warned against the Military Industrial Complex it is the Republicans who have worshiped at its altar for the past half-century. America won’t forget that it was the Republicans under Bush who declared two wars they couldn’t pay for (wouldn’t pay for) and a tax cut accompanied by increased spending. McConnell wasn’t suggesting this amendment while a white Christian Republican sat in the White House. But damned if he doesn’t say we need it now that a “black anti-colonialist Kenyan Muslim” is sitting there:
“The time has come for a balanced budget amendment that forces Washington to balance its books. If these debt negotiations have convinced us of anything, it’s that we can’t leave it to politicians in Washington to make the difficult decisions that they need to get our fiscal house in order. The balanced budget amendment will do that for them. Now is the moment. No more games. No more gimmicks. The Constitution must be amended to keep the government in check. We’ve tried persuasion. We’ve tried negotiations. We’re tried elections. Nothing has worked.”
Be sure to follow McConnell’s logic chain here and remember to decode Republican language; i.e. persuasion = “ultimatum” and negotiations = blackmail:
- Republicans ultimatums couldn’t force us into doing what they want us to do;
- Blackmailing the president didn’t force us to do what they want us to do; and,
- Elections didn’t get them the majorities they needed to force us to do what they want us to do and they didn’t get enough votes to suspend democracy in every state (e.g. Wisconsin and Michigan); therefore,
- We need to change the Constitution to force people to do what they want us to do.
In other words, Democracy did exactly what it is supposed to do; it functioned exactly as it was designed to function. Elections were held, but the GOP doesn’t like the result. They tried picking up their toys and going home but that didn’t work either. The next logical step for the party of totalitarianism is for the Constitution to get changed so we the American people become the serfs the Founding Fathers always wanted us to be and the Republicans rule America as Jesus intended.
So much for the party that purports to follow in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers. So much for Democracy. When it doesn’t get you the desired result, they suspend the two-party system and then democracy itself. Pay close attention, America. The Republicans are not even pretending to be American patriots anymore.
Photo: Washington Independent