The Cancer Killing America

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Opponents
of the Republicrat Axis of Evil rightly grumble that neither major
party can be trusted with the public weal.

Thus
do they call for a third party that would mind the Constitution.

More
optimistic observers suggest voting for the lesser of the two evils
(Republicans, conservatives believe), rather than "throwing
your vote away" on a third party that cannot win.

Maybe
it can't. But that doesn't change the simple truth that both parties
are invested in an anti-American, anti-Constitutional federal establishment.
We have two parties, but one ideology; i.e., the ideology of big
government.

This
ideology, not "party politics as usual," is the cancer
killing the Republic.

Why
Government Keeps Growing

Time
was, Republicans paid at least lip service to the Constitution.

With
the ascendance of the Reagan movement, for instance, conservatives
talked about abolishing the departments of education and energy
and other worthless, unconstitutional agencies. They swore that
Republican appointments to the Supreme Court would reverse the trend
toward centralizing judicial power in Washington.

But
the cancer treatment never occurred.

Ensconced
in the capital city, conservatives realized controlling government
was more profitable, financially and professionally, than reducing
it. Also, it's much more fun to violate the Constitution than to
uphold it, for violating the Constitution permits politicians and
bureaucrats to accumulate power.

If
Reagan had abolished the Education Department, "conservatives"
could not have run it. Ditto for the energy department, and the
national endowments for the arts and humanities and the Legal Services
Corporation.

When
Republicans took over the House of Representatives a decade ago,
the "Gang of Four" Republicans wrote legislation abolishing
four cabinet departments. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his deputies
killed it.

Conservatives
also accepted the illegitimate decisions and power of the federal
judiciary and try to use it for their own ends.

Thus,
the unconstitutional Leviathan kept growing.

Battling
For Control

But
don't believe the shift toward protecting the Leviathan is strictly
a matter of calculating political profit.

Listening
to conservatives, it is clear that many, if not most, particularly
the younger crowd, don't know what the Constitution forbids and
permits.

Conservatives
never speak of restoring the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, the last
two codicils in the Bill of Rights. They never discuss the damage
done to the Constitution and state and local prerogatives, by judges
manufacturing law with the 14th Amendment and Commerce Clause. Conservatives
blithely accept the last 75 years of unconstitutional jurisprudence.

With
Americans who blindly accept the income tax and Social Security
as inevitable facts of life, "conservatives" operate comfortably
within the corrupting ambit of an unconstitutional regime. Indeed,
they thrive in it. The thought that his job might be an unconstitutional
arrogation of power and tax money never occurs to the conservative
jobber in Washington.

This
truth also applies to liberals, for the Constitution says what it
says, ideology regardless. Liberals statists create one unconstitutional
program after another, enact one unconstitutional regulation after
another, whether on education, the environment or business.

Problem
is, conservatives, who should know better, cooperate willingly,
hoping to prevail in the battle to control the statist Leviathan
bureaucracy.

Malignant
Ideology

So
taxpayers lose, and federal power wins.

It
isn't just one party or the other that is wrong. Both embrace the
malignancy of unconstitutional, omnipotent central government.

Only
a radical third party can cure it.

July
9, 2003

Syndicated
columnist R. Cort Kirkwood [send
him mail
] is managing editor of the Daily News-Record
in Harrisonburg, Va.

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