• 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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    Cort Kirkwood Archives


         

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