I was driving to do some errands recently and heard a caller on one of my favorite talk radio stations make a statement about the absurdity of the whole country hanging on every word coming from a couple of guys in D.C. who are deciding who gets to keep what and who gets stuff taken away from them to give to someone else.
Is this America?
Apparently, it is.
While half the country (at least) hasn’t a clue about who the country’s leaders are or even what the major issues are (Benghazi: “Ben who?”), the rest of us have spent our new year holiday with an ear tuned in to discover what the hell our fates will be in 2013 and beyond.
This has got to stop, but I’m not sure where to start.
It began with Karl Marx, the Fabian Socialists, the Frankfurt School, Woodrow Wilson, John Dewey, the Roosevelt boys (Franklin and Teddy), and–sealed in law–the two biggies from 1913: the creature from Jekyll Island (the Fed) and the income tax law.
Some say it happened with the 17th Amendment when Senators became elected instead of appointed.
Salon weighed in on this last August: Why would anyone want to take away people’s rights to elect their senators?
Sen. Mike Lee, the Ivy League-educated Tea Party judicial mastermind from Utah, told CNN in 2010 that “the 17th Amendment was a mistake.” Texas Gov. Rick Perry also called the amendment “mistaken,” as did Rep. Paul Broun, a Republican from Georgia. Even conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said in 2010,
“I would change it back to what they wrote, in some respects. The 17th Amendment has changed things enormously … [Y]ou can trace the decline of so-called states’ rights throughout the rest of the 20th century.”
Alaska’s 2010 Republican nominee Joe Miller and perennial GOP candidate Alan Keyes have also signed on to the cause.
The enormous weight of all these years filled with missteps, both judicial and political, have made the saving of the United States as founded seem as insurmountable as Frodo’s quest to destroy the ring.
I just saw on Facebook that Mark Levin is cutting his vacation short to return to the air on Thursday and Friday of this week.
He’s never given up yet, and I doubt he would return just to monitor events (there are plenty of other sources for that). So I’m looking for an idea or two–because I’m out of ’em for now.