Boy, has it been a long time. It’s been four months since I last logged on here. No, it wasn’t any large event that kept me away, I was just terribly busy at work and did not have the energy left at the end of the day for doing all the sheer work of blogging.
Thanks to Rich for his posts in my absence.
A lot has happened in the last four months, yet it seems much the same in the world of politics. Short-sighted, infantile Democrats are trying yet another coup by Congressional fiat. They fail to see the ultimate backfire when they lose the majority – and they will at some point.
The (original) genius of the Constitution of the United States is in the way the powers were separated. The House represents the people, the Senate represents the states and the President represents the nation. The people are equal in their house, the states in theirs and the President is the face of the nation, all of the people and all of the states, so to speak. Theoretically, the best of both democracy and republic.
Various “geniuses” have already tinkered with and upset that original structure over the years.
But the basic idea is that the house that represents the states themselves, the Senate, is a check on the momentary passions of the people that live in all the states. The President is to carry out the combined will of the people and the states acting as one.
Losing the braking function of the Senate on the immediate passions of the House would be a devastatingly unstabilizing move. In the long run, when things change a bit and the party in power now is not, they will whine and complain over their loss of ability to stop anything a very simple majority decides to impose.
Be very, very, very careful what you wish for.