Obama and Boehner: America’s Duo-Dictators

Democracy and Power 101: Government is Power

The essence of government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
—James Madison, Speech in the Virginia State Convention of 1829-1830

Obama and Boehner:  America’s Duo-Dictators

President Obama and Speaker Boehner are negotiating hundreds of billions of dollars of tax and spending decisions that will impact every America…and no of us know it.  When the duo-dictators reach an agreement, Boehner, Reid, Pelosi and McConnell will compliantly coerce the members of their respective caucuses to vote for the deal.  

Appalled by the secrecy,  Senator Sessions of Alabama asked,  “… Will it just be revealed to us on the eve of Christmas or on the eve of the new calendar year and we will be asked to vote for it like lemmings?”  Ha!  Unfortunately there is a terrible precedent, the “Christmas Eve surprise” is exactly what Senator Reid used to coerce Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska to pass a critical vote for ObamaCare.

Presently, even without knowing the final agreement, it appears Boehner has votes in the House.  After he “executed” four fiscal conservatives by removing them from important committees, the remainder of the Republicans have vowed to be united.  Additionally, Boehner is preparing his leadership team to coerce the passage. As reported by the New York Times

… while Mr. Boehner has made himself the sole focal point, aides say he has made sure a broad leadership team is behind him. He meets every morning while the House is in session with the full slate of Republican leaders, as well as the committee chairmen who would most likely implement a deal: Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, who heads the Budget Committee; Representative Dave Camp of Michigan, who leads the Ways and Means Committee; and Representative Fred Upton of Michigan, who heads the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Obama, Pelosi and Reid will have little resistance to secure the necessary votes for whatever the deal is.  Again, they coerced and bribed numerous Democrats to eke out a victory (from their point of view) for ObamaCare.  Pelosi even coerced many of her members to vote for ObamaCare even when they knew they were likely to be voted out of office.  [Read: Pelosi and  Power]

This is the treacherous state of America.  First, Bush increased spending, Obama spent more and more, and now Boehner has declared war on fiscal restraint.   Our economy is in shambles and the power players are continuing their capricious excesses.  America has gone from the folly of what I call the Conniving Five,  where Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Boehner and McConnell coerced the irresponsible “Fiscal Cliff.” 

Now, America has the Duo-Dictators, making enormous decisions without fiscal concern.  Next, America will have a bankruptcy judge.  Wrong; there is no judicial mechanism to cram-down decisions upon America and We the People.  Yes, many American cities are in bankruptcy proceedings, but there is no bankruptcy provision for our nation.  Precariously, the ultimate judge of our nation’s demise will be the bond holders of our debt – China, Japan and millions more.  The results will be horrific.   

James Madison, one of the most knowledgeable scholars and politicians in history, wisely warned, “Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”   

Remember the words of George Mason and Samuel Adams:

“That no free government, or the blessing of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”
— George Mason, Virginia Declaration of Rights, Section XV [1776]

“If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”
— Samuel Adams (1722–1803)

Now is the time for experienced patriots to come together and prevent ruin.