Too many bureaucratic acronyms are being tossed about lately, like NSA, TSA, DHS, and one that isn’t a federal agency, PII.* When you hear these being used by lawmakers you can bet it has something to do with their failed obligations to protect your privacy or our nation’s security. That doesn’t mean your privacy is going to be protected or our country is secure.
Don’t worry. This is not a civics lesson about the powers of Congress. There is no point to that because our government is too far gone to resemble the Washington we learned about in school. As far as our Congress is concerned, the only measuring stick that matters is how many times and how hard lawmakers have dropped the ball.
Is it too late to heed cries for officials in Washington to enforce the law? Whether we call it executive overreach or Obama’s overreach policy, how did things get so out of control that we let the president seize power from Congress so he could offer the people a choice between two bad options:
Don’t enforce the law, or
Pass laws that cost too much and don’t work.
If you are a politician you should know that popular sovereignty means the people tell you what to do. You can stop telling us what the people want. It’s all too often a lie anyway, like the assurances from Democrats that the Affordable Care Act was something the American people had to have:
Second, the American public wants it.
It’s a tough time for conservatives. There is some joy to be had from the predictable failure of big government health care’s rollout, but the amusement is tempered by knowing a law we haven’t been able to get rid of is already hurting us. So far, the one GOP strategy that works to halt destructive progressivism and no doubt keeps Barack Obama awake at night is simple: make sure nothing happens to make things worse.
I don’t know much about smoking crack, or about being president or a bigwig in Congress. Telling voters something that isn’t true knowing that they will believe what you say because they think they have finally found an honest politician is probably a pretty good high, though. It might be better than crack. Who knows? If you are curious you could ask Toronto’s mayor, or if you want to know what it feels like to spew falsehoods and be believed you could ask one of our own politicians.
I live in Illinois. Illinois is a conservative’s nightmare. If you are trapped in the Land of Lincoln you can give up on anything worthwhile happening in the political arena. Better to hope for a miracle to minimize the damage from Springfield lawmakers’ decisions or, in the case of public pension reform, the refusal to make a decision.
Political promises are not made to be broken. They are meant to be impossible to keep while not making a liar out of the politician making them. Is this a difficult juggling act? We have heard a lot of guarantees since 2009, but anyone able to get elected to the nation’s highest office knows the formula for making perfect political promises.