Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on government shut-down
Oct. 1, the true story. Don't allow yourself to be fooled by the Mainstream Media (MSM) concerning what has gone on today; what has gone on is not about funding the government, nor about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), nor about whether or not the President and Congress can exempt themselves, their staffs, or special interests from the negative effects of laws they pass, nor is it even about Republican and Democrat partisanship; what it is about is whether Pres. Obama and left-wing, liberal/socialist Demoncrats can turn this republic into a kleptocratic dictatorship that rules the people through absolute power or if we shall remain a Republic in which the governors govern under the direction of the people. I truly believe this is not an overstatement of what the crisis really is about but, if anything, is an understatement of the extent of the danger we are facing.
Today this nation is the battle ground between two great factions. On one side are the forces of light; Republicans and Democrats who believe in our democratic Republic and its Constitution and, on the other, the forces of darkness; left wing-liberal/socialist Demoncrats and their turncoat Rino allies who despise the constitution and seek to raise a socialist paradise on the ashes of the Republic.
At the stroke of midnight Oct. 1, 2013 Pres. Obama, Sen. Reid, and the Demoncrats shutdown the government to save Pres. Obama's ego and legacy and further our decent away from a democratic Republic and closer to a kleptocratic dictatorship. I say good, these Republicans and Democrats need to stick to their guns.
It is long past time this pompous would be dictator and his minions are put in their place. He is not (yet) a dictator and Congress is not above the people, both he and they are our employees not our rulers.
Pres. Obama, Sen. Reid, and the Demoncrat controlled senate have, by their actions, told the American people that they; Obama, Reid and this perversion of a Senate can dictate anything they want and force the people to live with it, and that they can exempt themselves, their staffs and supporters from the affects of a bad law while forcing us peasants to obey it; in short they have declared themselves to be dictators. It is the (non-RINO) Republicans and (non-Demoncrat) Democrats that are standing for the people and the Republic. If you are truly an American you need to support them regardless of your party affiliation. Repel this attack and refuse to accept this draconian act.
If this shut down continues and the markets react negatively it's probably going to cost those of us invested in the markets a lot of money but I, for one, am willing to take the hit if it will help put the relationship between the people and the federal government back in its proper perspective. They are our servants and we dictate to them.
On the first day of this crisis Pres. Obama and his Demoncrats asserted that it was caused by the partisan intransigency of Republicans and their Democrat allies while carefully avoiding mention of their own intransigency in flatly refusing to negotiate on any point, digging in the heels of their jack boots with the specious argument that the Affordable Care Act is the law. I would remind them that according to Volume 16 of American Jurisprudence second edition, Section 177 (in the later edition you will find this information in section 256):
"The general misconception is that any statute passed by legislators bearing the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land. The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any statute, to be valid, must be In agreement. It is impossible for both the Constitution and a law violating it to be valid; one must prevail. This is succinctly stated as follows:
The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted.
Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it.
A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the land, it is superseded thereby.
No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it." Pres. Obama, by exempting himself, Congress, their staffs, and special interests from provisions of the Act violated the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment and therefore is unconstitutional.
We, the people, need to demand that when the President and Congress shut down the government their pay, allowances and expenses and that of their aides and staff are stopped until a budget is passed and the government resumes with no provision for retroactive pay. That is their penalty for failure. The President and Congress cannot exempt themselves, their staff, or special interests from the legislation they pass. When they've made a bed they must be made to lie in it.