Compromising the Constitution

by Robert Arvay

If you follow the news, and of course you do, you will have noticed that in the Republican Party, there are increasing calls for compromise—compromise not from those calling for it, but compromise from TEA Party conservatives. Mike Huckabee, Lou Dobbs, and other stalwart members of the GOP are warning us that if we (we, not they) do not compromise, Democrat liberals will win the next presidential election.

Normally, compromise is a good thing. Half a loaf is better than none. Getting some of what we wish is better than getting nothing. Alas, all is not normal these days, and it seems that compromise often means, “Heads they win, tails we lose.”

How often have we heard the phrase that begins with, “I am pro-life, but . . .” The “but” seems always to amount to, “. . . but let’s not restrict abortion.” As far as I know, not one single abortion has ever been prevented by any law in the last forty years. Yet it is we who should compromise.

Have you ever heard someone say anything like this: “I am pro-choice (in favor of abortion on demand), but we need to compromise with the pro-life element of our party, and do something meaningful to decrease abortion. Ever?

Even on fiscal matters, where the GOP establishment says it favors lower taxes, less spending, and less borrowing, the word, “less,” somehow always results in “more.” Spending has never gone down, not even under Republicans. The national debt always goes up. We always owe more. The interest alone on the national debt is astronomically high, and will only increase. All the Democrats need do is to whisper the words, “government shutdown,” and the GOP leaders run whimpering into the shadows,continuing to vote to empty our wallets, and to deprive our children of their freedom.

Oh, but we in the TEA Party are labeled as the extremists. We are the ones who must tone down the rhetoric. We must never say, “death panels,” but instead, must defer to the wisdom of an unelected “payment advisory board,” which has the power to withhold life-saving medical treatment from patients who will die without a transplant. Yet, it was Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, queen of Obamacare, who denied exactly such treatment to a young girl, and did so based on a flimsy bureaucratic excuse. If not for a judge overruling that cruel, uncompromising edict, that girl would be dead today.

Where were the calls for Sebelius to compromise?

It was not compromise that won the House of Representatives for the Republican Party in 2010. It was the TEA Party, yes, those uncompromising extremists, the ones who insist on governing according to the Constitution. They replaced Nancy Pelosi with John Boehner in the Speaker’s chair; now Boehner is among those waging political war against the TEA Party.

It might be different if the track record gave evidence that compromising the Constitution would preserve at least half of it. The record, however, shows exactly the opposite. Governor Cuomo of New York, a liberal Democrat, actually got it right when he said this:

“You have a schism within the Republican Party. … They’re searching to define their soul, that’s what’s going on. Is the Republican party in this state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party? That’s what they’re trying to figure out. It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington. The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans. You’re seeing that play out in New York. The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are. If they’re moderate Republicans like in the Senate right now, who control the Senate — moderate Republicans have a place in their state. George Pataki was governor of this state as a moderate Republican; but not what you’re hearing from them on the far right.”

While I strongly disagree with parts of Cuomo’s assertion, he did unwittingly point outwhy there is a schism in the Republican Party. Of course, his prescription is basically for Republicans to become Democrats. Indeed, as one pundit cleverly stated it, the GOP establishment has become little more than the Democrat wing of the Republican Party.

Despite my disagreement with him, I give credit where credit is due. Cuomo showed something that the GOP establishment leadership lacks and which the TEA Party has in abundance: a firm resolve.

Compromise? I’m all for it. It is the only path to preserve the Constitution. So come on, Boehner, stop compromising with those who would destroy our nation, and compromise instead with those of us who insist on adhering to that radical document, the one that says that, The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Compromise? Show me where in the limited, enumerated powers of the federal government is found the authority to impose on the States respectively, or to the people,” Obama-care?

Compromise? Explain to me where in the Constitution it is permitted for the Congress to pass laws it has not read, does not understand, and which do not apply to Congress itself, while imposing on the rest of us the burden
of mandatory compliance?

Explain to me how an informed electorate is to govern itself, when those in office routinely lie to us, conceal vital facts that we need, and otherwise ensure that we are denied the very information that we require to make sound decisions?

Just who are the extremists? It seems to me that they are already deeply ensconced in power, and that the rest of us are reaping the whirlwind.

That is where so-called compromise has gotten us.

Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer to The Bold Pursuit

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