Constitutional power yields to the power of thuggery and threats

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States …

— U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8

Today, the GOP caved in on almost all of its demands.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell claimed the deal preserves a round of spending cuts negotiated two years ago, but time will tell.

The “negotiations” proved the point of an Investor’s Business Daily editorial today that quotes Obama’s mentor Saul Alinsky, “Allow no middle ground. ‘Reconciliation’ means that when one side gets the power and the other side gets reconciled to it, then we have reconciliation.”

Rep. Tom McClintock, a California Republican, made an extraordinary statement on the floor of the House yesterday that reveals the massive shift in power we have just seen:

“House leadership met with the president last week and offered to extend the debt limit until November 22nd with no strings attached. The president refused. Senate Republicans offered a six-month extension, but the Senate Democratic leader refused. What the president threatens to do would be catastrophic and unprecedented. The full faith and credit of the United States is what gives markets the confidence to loan money to the federal government. Even a threat of default, exactly the kind the president is now making, could have dire consequences to a nation that now owes more than its entire economy produces in a year.

Rep. Tom McClintock

“So where do we go from here? Republicans miscalculated on two key assumptions. First, that the Democrats would negotiate the issues that divide our country. They have not. Second, that Democrats would seek to minimize the suffering caused by the impasse. They have not. Given the ruthless and vindictive way the shutdown has been handled, I now believe that this president would willfully act to destroy the full faith and credit of the United States, unless the Congress acquiesces to all of his demands, at least as long as he sees political advantage in doing so.

“If the Republicans acquiesce, the immediate crisis will quickly vanish. Credit markets will calm and public life will return to other matters, but a fundamental element up our Constitution will have been destroyed. The power of the purse will have shifted from the representatives of the people to the Executive. The executive bureaucracies will be freed to turn out ever more outlandish regulations with no affective congressional review or check through the purse.

“A perilous era will have begun in which the president sets spending levels and vetoes any bill falling short of his demands. Whenever a deadline approaches, one house can simply refuse to negotiate with the other until Congress is faced with a Hobson’s choice, of a shut down or a default. The nation’s spending will again dangerously accelerate. The deficit will rapidly widen and economic prosperity of the nation will continue to slowly bleed away.

“This impasse may have started as a dispute over a collapsing health program, but has now taken on the dimensions of a constitutional crisis.”

22 comments on “Constitutional power yields to the power of thuggery and threats

  1. Bruce Feher says:

    There is no GOP! Just a bunch of spineless Rino rats!

  2. dave72 says:

    Obama caved the last time the Repugs held the nation hostage using the debt ceiling as a threat if they didn’t get their way. Why should the Democrats lift a finger to alleviate the suffering caused by the planned GOP shutdown and debt ceiling crisis? Cruz and company knew the ramifications of their childish shutdown and didn’t give a damn who it hurt. Congress should not be rewarded for failing to do its job.The Teabaggers screamed for the Senate to pass a budget and when it did, they and their cronies in once-credible Republican Party refused to take part in a conference committee to reconcile the House and Senate budgets.Now that’s called a refusal to negotiate. Now the GOP may finally learn that presidential elections and Supreme Court decisions have meaning.

  3. Vernon Clayson says:

    Budget? There’s been no formal budget since Obama took office, no budget means no balanced fiscal policy. The Congress has surrendered, before long they will be totally irrelevant, those like Harry Reid that pushed this and those like John McCain that led the surrender are looking for positions under the coming dictatorship, the best they can hope for is that Obama will deign to keep them on in some minor czar capacity.

  4. Wendy Ellis says:

    “There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors… I mean it.”
    Margaret Thatcher

    Sens. Ted Cruz or Mike Lee, or Rep. Tom McClintock, DO NOT come to mind when I read the above quote. There are some others who do.

  5. nyp says:

    You tell ’em Ms. Ellis — quash those Quislings! Every last one!

  6. nyp says:

    How dare the President refuse to negotiate with hostage-takers!

    Impeach, I say! Impeach!

  7. Wendy Ellis says:

    How dare the President ignore the US Constitution, and his oath of office? He has no authority under the US Constitution to spend whatever he wants on whatever he wants. He cannot ignore Article I, Section 8, nor can he defy the requirements of the 14th Amendment. Interest and principle on the debt must be paid first. Every month, the federal government takes in ten times what it costs to service the debt. The President cannot simply decide not to pay, not under our Constitution.

    Impeachable offenses warrant impeachment. The United States of America is a Constitutional Republic, not a Dictatorship. Although it is sliding in that direction.

  8. Steve says:

    Any political discussion that finds the use of the word “teabagger” included is degraded by the IDIOT who used it.

  9. Vernon Clayson says:

    Sorry, Wendy, it’s obvious he can ignore the Constitution and his oath of office was certainly written on the wind, who believes he has considered that oath for a second since the public version, or the second version a few hours later? Who is going to call for his impeachment, his enablers in the Congress, Harry Reid, John McCain, etal., plus the main stream media would viciously castigate any so-called colleague even hinting at such a move. This short term agreement is a sot to their brethren that feigned resistance and just gives them breathing room to effect larger debt increases for longer term. And forget being rid of Obamacare, people will soon forget the national debt when that takes a huge chunk out of your income, that’s part of their intent.

  10. Nyp says:

    A big push for impeachment should be the next priority for the Tea Party.

  11. Rincon says:

    Please help me to understand, Wendy. I checked Article I, sec 8 and the 14th amendment. I don’t see how they apply here. Can you paste in the appropriate lines?

  12. Wendy Ellis says:

    uhhhh…Mitch links to Article. 1. Section. 8. above, nyp. Check item 2, regarding which branch has the constitutional authority “To borrow Money on the credit of the United States.” Did you not read his original post?

    With regard to the 14th Amendment, See Section 4 and Section 5. Section 5 States that the Congress shall have th epower to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

    Obama has no authority to order the US Treasury to default on the public debt. Our debt has first priority for spending.

    Rincon, there is no need to be condescending to me; unless you are illiterate, you can read it for yourself.

  13. Wendy Ellis says:

    Sorry, nyp, got the two of you mixed up. My response is to Rincon, since he doesn’t seem to be able to comprehend. Good night.

  14. Winston Smith says:

    “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes it’s laws” — Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

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  16. Winston Smith says:

    The above video could also be entitled: “Kicking The Can Down The Road 101”

  17. Nyp says:

    As usual, that quote is bogus. Mayer Rothschild never said that.
    What is it with you wingnuts and bogus quotes??

  18. Milty says:

    “There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors… I mean it.” — Margaret Thatcher

    In a recent interview on CSPAN’s Booknotes, Charles Moore (author of the recently published “Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands”) said that the one exception to Thatcher’s efforts to roll back socialism in England was the NHS. According to Moore, she never tried to eliminate it, reduce it, or modify it in any way. She was pretty accepting of it.

    Tragically, it’ll probably be the same way here a generation from now.

  19. Rincon says:

    I’m not sure why asking a possibly stupid question is condescending, but there was no intent of such. I didn’t phrase my question well. Seems to me that Obama’s only real power in this is as leader of the Democrats and the bully pulpit. Just what is it that the President is doing or has done that violate these passages of the Constitution? I’m still missing something here.

  20. Nyp says:


  21. Winston Smith says:

    Nyp, I was there when he said it…

  22. […] Perhaps, California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock said it most succinctly: […]

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