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ARTICLE 1 SECTION 8 AND HOW THE TEA PARTY IS FORCING THE ESTABLISHMENT GOP TO REALLY GO BACK THE DAYS OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF AMERICA

Posted in 2012 US ELECTION, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, AMERICANS AGAINST THE TEA PARTY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, FASCISM, FEARSPEAK, FREEDOM, GOP MELTDOWN, GREGORY NATHAN PETERSON, HOW HELL WORKS, POLITICS, RACE AND POLITICS IN AMERICA, ROCK THE SLUT VOTE, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS, TEA PARTY, THE IGNORANT TENTH, THE MATING HABITS OF CONSERVATIVES, THE WAR ON WOMEN, THEOCRACY with tags , , , , , on 02/08/2012 by sarahbloch

Now the title of this article might make many on the far Right think this is going to be something they can e-mail to their friends or might even be mentioned by Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck in the next few days. It is none of those things. When I say that the TEA Party wants the GOP to go back to the days of the Founding Fathers I mean they want a literal [well in their minds] interpretation of Article 1 Section 8 of the United States Constitution.

This morning I saw Senator Tom Coburn R-OK having a conversation with Jonathan Capehart a Washington Post opinion columnist of note and great journalistic talent, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. these are two men who are rarely vague in their opinions and to Caprhart’s credit when he doesn’t know something he says so. Such was the case this morning when Coburn says that America should go back to the clear meaning of Article 1 Section 8. Capehart asked the Senator to refresh his memory [this early in the morning most people have the Civics portion of their brain at station keeping at best] and Coburn did with clarity. I was impressed; then I began thinking about what it would really mean for America if the Theocrats got their way, came fully to power and began to dismantle the Federal Government based on the literal meanings of the words written that became the blueprint for American democracy.

Briefly I want to give you a trip into the world of the post-Progressive America that is fundamentally changed by the rise of the TEA party to power. I’ll do this by taking just two example clauses of Article 1 Section 8 and citing with their own words what the Far Right would do to the powers vested in the United States Congress.

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

Now here I find where Congress has the power to lay corporate taxes, duties on foreign goods coming into the US pay debts owed to other nations appropriate funds for defense and even to provide a safety net for those citizens not doing so well. The word welfare was written there over 200 years ago not by FDR. Those on the Far Right, who are pushing the establishment GOP more and more toward that ideological cliff, see this portion of Article 1 Section 8 in a completely different manner. Here’s how a commneter, Fred Kelly, to a post about Obama “getting” Latinos at the San Antonio Tea Party website sees this clause [emphasis mine] :

I offer the following on all entitlements:
ObamaCare and the General Welfare Clause
The phrase “general welfare” had a completely different meaning when the Constitution was drafted and ratified than it has now. The framers of the Constitution understood the phrase to mean a state of general wellbeing for the entire country. The general welfare clause does not grant congress the power to spend any money. This clause is Article 1 Section 8 Clause 1 and it authorizes Congress to collect various forms of taxes for the purpose of paying debts, for the common defense of the country, and for the over all well being of the country as a whole. The powers to spend this tax revenue are spelled out in the reaming [sic] 17 clauses of Article 1 Section 8. None of the remaining 17 clauses of Section 8 authorize congress to give this money to individuals in the form of entitlements such as ObamaCare.
Since the Social Security Act was passed in 1935 the general welfare clause has been used to justify every single entitlement. None of these entitlements are authorized by the general welfare clause. The power to confiscate wealth from individuals in the form of taxes and redistribute this wealth in the form of entitlements was left by the framers of the Constitution in the hands of the States. None of the enumerated powers of the Constitution, including the general welfare clause, grant the federal government this power. Since the power is not granted to the federal government it must remain with the States just as the Tenth Amendment declares, ObamaCare violates the Tenth Amendment by taxing one group of individuals and giving that money to another group of individuals in the form of entitlements.

So, with this single powerful stroke the TEA Party Congress would undo the entitlement structure in the United States. No more Social Security, no more disabulity benefits, ten of millions plunged into poverty in an instant. But to the TEA Partiers that’s okay because they get to keep their tax money to buy plastic bags to cover their new shoes they use to step over the bodies of the dead in the streets.

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

I’m surprised that this Congressional Power was taken to task by the TEA Party. Writing at Glenn Beck’s The Blaze just over a week ago Tiffany Gabbay points to Utah Senator Mike Lee’s, who says the TEA Party and conservatives are the “lifeblood” of America, desire to stop this power.

Utah Senator Michael “Mike” Lee has been a constitutional lawyer in Utah and Washington, D.C, in addition to serving as a clerk for then-Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. The Tea Party-favorite, who believes Congress’ power to borrow must be curbed, will speak at FreePAC about the need to introduce a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

“It’s too easy for government to expand otherwise,” Lee told me in an exclusive interview.

Likening Americans to the frog that has been dropped in the “proverbial pot of boiling water,” Lee discussed the biggest challenges facing conservatives today. The change may have come on gradually, but now that America’s eyes have been opened “we need to make sure that we don’t lose it [awareness] and become complacent.”

“We have to stay focused on the [founding] principles and if we do, we will be able to achieve lasting change.”

To stay focused on founding principles means shrinking Federal spending so those who think, act and believe like Lee can be given an advantage of opportunity at least and thereby wealth. And these are only two examples from one article. Now, in modern times, you aren’t going to see those on the Right intentionally shouting racial epithets from the floor of the House or the Senate, but you will hear if you listen carefully the dog whistle of bigotry in the code of “our tax money” or in Obama’s “profligacy.” I hear the importance of elections every two years in America but this one and the one that will come in 2014 will be of import. I’ll talk a bit more about this in my next post about the lies the Right in Congress are willing to promote to appear to be the most anti-Obama.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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JONATHAN CAPEHART EXPLAINS IT ALL

Posted in BIGOTRY, JONATHAN CAPEHART, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS, THE BEST OF THE WEB, THEY EXPLAIN IT ALL with tags , , , on 24/07/2012 by sarahbloch

There’s no sense in drowning you in my words when the words of Washington Post reporter Jonathan Capehart balttle bigotry with clearminded journalistic intellect so very well.

Di lojti strixiûç!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
76 Shatter 2 AS

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