North Carolina’s Democratic Governor, Beverly Perdue, has a keen idea to help Congress focus on the economy: just cancel Congressional elections in 2012. At a rotary speech in Cary, NC, the governor stated:
I don’t know if the president or any of the candidates for president, quite frankly, of either party, have a solid tool set to help us out…We all want to be number one. I want North Carolina to be number one. You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixin’ things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. The one good thing about Raleigh is that for so many years we’ve worked across party lines, so we’ll It’s not impossible to try to do what is right for the state. You want people who don’t worry about the next election.
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Perdue’s camp immediately went into spin mode, claiming the governor was only joking. Her spokesman, Chris Mackey, said, “Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve.” Although an audio recording proves otherwise, Mackey is sticking to his story.
Indeed, the full context shows her remarks, although targeting Congressional elections, would be applicable to the presidential election, as well.
Gov. Perdue’s remarks are part of an increasingly open strategy to impose the president’s agenda through administrative channels — something bordering on dictatorial powers or open fascism. This author was the first conservative journalist to expose Obama’s plan to rule through executive powers in 2011. Although Soros-funded think tanks drew up his agenda and inside-the-Beltway journalists cheered him on, establishment conservatives have been late to acknowledge his actions or respond to them.
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The president’s favored constituencies have pressured him to suspend the deportation of illegal immigrants, a wish he has partially fulfilled. Democratic Congressmen have suggested he unilaterally raise the debt ceiling. The president signed an agreement establishing a Super Congress, with the intention of preempting as many of the nation’s substantive decisions away from the new Tea Party freshmen — and the majority of voters who elected them — as possible.
With their successes, left-wingers have become increasingly open about their means and intentions.
On September 14, Obama’s recent budget director Peter Orszag wrote an article for The New Republic entitled, “Too Much of a Good Thing,” in which he argued the nation could avoid “gridlock” by ignoring Congress:
To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.
If the Obama administration wishes to make the nation less democratic, it could begin by disenfranchising the illegal immigrants and unregistered or otherwise ineligible voters who are furtively casting ballots and illegitimately participating in our elective process. Not only have the administration’s election officials expressed their hostility to doing so, they dispatched lawyers to pivotal states during the 2010 election to harass state or local elections officials attempting to follow the law.
Contrary to Perdue, Orszag, et. al, politicians behave best only when petrified about the next election, sweating out their prospects for continued public
fleecing service in the sure and certain knowledge that the voters will hold them accountable for their every action.
Perdue’s remark was no joke. It was a trial balloon to push political discourse to the Left and redefine Obama into the political center. The president can then unleash a gradual program that transforms America by fits and starts, having concluded that eroding the Constitution “piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.”
The Republican leadership has shown no capacity for holding Obama responsible for his unconstitutional outrages. The Tea Party must make full use of the democratic process to replace the GOP leadership, retake the White House, and insist the nation return to the boundaries set down by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution. Had they done so in years past, Perdue would not have felt comfortable blithely proposing the nation reverse their counsel and return to a royal form of government presided over by King Obama and his court.