Guest post by Kyle McDonough
The FBI dropped a bombshell on America this past Friday when they announced the investigation into Hillary Clinton was being reopened after finding thousands of additional emails on a device used by Anthony Weiner.
Naturally, every corner of the internet exploded with speculation on how this may impact the election. Some have been gleefully declaring Trump a shoe in for President while others are screaming with their hair on fire on cable news networks. One comment that struck me in particular was that if Hillary Clinton gets elected with this investigation hanging around her neck we could be in the midst of a Constitutional crisis. I don’t know who the guy was, but are you serious bro? Have you ever read the Constitution?
Do you know, for instance, that the Constitution says the United States Senate has the power to sign off on treaties? Maybe you weren’t paying attention when the President of the United States declared us to be in an ‘international agreement’ with Iran that, after a series of negotiations, left us handing over billions of tax-payer dollars and a permission slip to continue building their nuclear arsenal as long as they pinky-promised it was just for energy production. Some would probably call such an agreement a treaty, but the President wouldn’t, and under our current form of Constitutionalism, that’s just fine. No Senate confirmation required. We will, however, go on national television and berate the Senate for “not doing their duty” when they refuse to confirm yet another radical left wing judge to the Supreme Court.
Speaking of the Supreme Court, how about that time they declared in a split decision that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right and it says so right there in an amendment ratified by the states well over a hundred years ago? Oh sure, anyone with eyeballs and a 5th grade reading level could read the opinion of the court when they passed the 14thamendment and find that the subject of same-sex marriage is nowhere to be found, but that would be irrelevant. It’s not what we want it to mean in this decade, and what we want now is a winning political issue that has better lobbyists. Does it violate the 10thamendment by handing the decision to five unelected judges instead of the states having authority? Sure! But only if we say it does, and we don’t. So there is your Constitution. No crisis here, only progress.
These are but two examples of hundreds. Washington DC is nothing if not a cesspool of lies, debauchery, fraud, and corruption. They live in a world of unlimited funding, power, and control over other’s people’s lives if they just manage to play the right game and know the right people. In no way do these crime bosses and their cohorts consider themselves in any way constrained by a document written over two hundred years ago. Why should we, their peasants, get in the way of their brilliance and wealth? They demean and debase the Constitution every day. They’re spitting on our liberty and our children’s futures. If they could snap their fingers and make the Constitution vanish, they’d do it in a heartbeat.
Free speech? Sure, but only the kind we like. Freedom of religion? Maybe in your living room with the blackout curtains pulled tight, but forget about taking that crap beyond your doorstep. Right to bear arms? HA! Right. That was written for muskets, Jack. You have a right to bear what we say you can bear. It’s common sense, this tyranny stuff. Right to privacy? Sure you have that, now take your pants off and bend over or you’re not leaving this airport without handcuffs. And leave your cell phone and laptop behind. Actually, don’t bother. We’ve already hacked all of the information and stored it on our servers. Tenth amendment? That’s adorable. You think states can govern themselves? Have they seen Barrack Obama? Who wouldn’t want to live by that man’s decree? He’s a rock star for God’s sake! Don’t waste my time with this separation of powers nonsense. Oh I know, you learned in school that the Constitution lays out three branches of government, but we thought it would work better if we added a fourth. We call it ‘the bureaucracy’. It’s this great tool of governance that has endless opportunity for expansion, both in funding and regulatory power. The army of acronyms like the EPA, FDA, and IRS all answer to the president of the United States alone, not the Congress who – according to that Constitution thing – are the legislators. It’s this sort of genius that gets us the right kind of progress. Not the kind you vote for, but the kind we say you should get whether you vote for it or not. You’ll certainly be paying for it by the way. That’s right, the government is in the business of sucking up trillions of dollars from people who earn it and giving it to the people who don’t, all the while using what they can to expand their reach and influence to make sure that next year it can all be done again bigger and better. Grow, grow, grow, that’s the new Constitution.
So I laugh to keep from crying when I hear that if Hillary Clinton gets elected we’ll be in a potential Constitutional crisis. Maybe so, but that will come from the debate on whether or not it’s Constitutional for a president to pardon themselves. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is anything stopping the Democrat party if Hillary gets elected. But let’s at least not kid ourselves…
We’ve been in a Constitutional crisis for a long time.
Cross-posted at Constitution