America is more than a country.

America is more than a country.

That is always a good start rhetorically.  I can think of better, but  “Four Score and Seven Years Ago” is already taken, after all.

We then move onward, and try to fit something on the order of “When in the course of human events it” to justify such rhetoric.

In a self-governing society, the only bulwark against the power of the state is the consent of the governed, and regarding the policies of the current government, the governed do not consent.

The dictates of our framework of government, they consented to the head of the Executive Branch for a four year duration.  Other pieces and parcels of the government — in the legislative brach, they’ve consented to one 435th of the House for a two year duration and 1 percent of the Senate for a six year duration.

An unchecked executive, a compliant legislature, and an overreaching judiciary have combined to thwart the will of the people and overturn their votes and their values, striking down long-standing laws and institutions and scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people.

Hm.  Our “deepest beliefs” are contradictory.
Take off the mandates for coverage in the state of Nevada and all over the United States,” she shouts. “But here you know what I’m talking about. You’re paying for things you don’t even need.
“They just passed the latest one, is everything that they want to throw at us now is covered under ‘autism’,” she said, using exaggerated air quotes to deliver the word ‘autism.’

No, it doesn’t make any sense.  Everyone is checking the Executive, most of all the Cloture votes of the Minority Party.  The Legislator is not compliant, except perhaps in the way it’s been compliant since arguably the Dawn of the Cold War and arguably the James Polk Administration in the way of handling the “Commander in Chief”.  Watch in coming years to see where this takes us.
If we’re referencing the use of “Czars”, it should be noted that somehow the Democratic Senator who has made an issue of this (characterized as the sole voter against the Patriot Act) faces serious “Tea Bag Republican” opposition.  The supposed “not straight Republican” alignment fails to materialize.
 The Judiciary overarched itself with “Citizen’s United”, perhaps, but that is not what they have in mind.  What they have in mind, though I doubt many of them believe it, is something along the lines of this Judicial Philosophy — which leads to demanding everything pass through Constitutional Amendments.  (It’s what I heard Mark Levin demand of Obama’s Health Care policies last week.)

Senate Judiciary Republicans threatened Thursday to block President Barack Obama’s nominees for lower courts from clearing the full chamber, and panel Democrats accused them of making unwarranted objections.
Jeff Sessions is right — this Judiciary is out of Control!

Whenever the agenda of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to institute a new governing agenda and set a different course.

Elections.  We have quite a few of them.  Hardly Revolutionary.  The results all contradict other results, such that the people institue new governing agendas while affirming the last governing agenda.

An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many.

There are many avenues to “request input”.  The Republican Party wound through a lot of avenues to pick up ideas — before discarding all of them that weren’t already part of their program anyways.   One avenue the Republicans tried was through a wesbite.

On the website America Speaking Out, Congressional Republicans asked the public to be part of “building its new governing agenda.” Decriminalizing and or legalizing marijuana use was among the highest ranking idea submitted in the “American Values” category.

Also high on the list — Poker.
Perhaps there is a selective bias on who would respond to the query, but to point out the selective bias is to expose the trials and travials of “accepting or requesting the input of the many”.  To be fair, Obama himself dismissed the same selecion bias when requesting input from the many.
Many avenues to accept and request input of the many.  In a heterogenous country, you can’t please them all.

For too long, Congress has ignored the proper limits imposed by the Constitution on the federal government. Further, it has too often drafted unclear and muddled laws, leaving to an unelected judiciary the power to interpret what the law means and by what authority the law stands. This lack of respect for the clear Constitutional limits and authorities has allowed Congress to create ineffective and costly programs that add to the massive deficit year after year. We will require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified.

Interesting note from people who’d theoretically be sympathetic to this viewpoint.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, for example, explicitly cites the Commerce Clause for its sweeping new authority to require every American to buy health insurance. That allows ObamaCare to pass muster under this section of the “Pledge to America,” which is probably not what the House Republicans had in mind. One way or another, controversial laws are going to end up in court.

Mourning in America

For the policy agenda — I suppose it is good to jump ahead of a moving car in a likely Republican Midterm Agenda to be able to claim some mantle of some kind.  The line must be drawn here, no further — The Bush Era Tax rate must be extended on the top marginal rate above $250K.  It’s what the Founders were fighting for.

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