The other day, the House GOP decided it would “streamline” the process for 169 political appointees and say the Senate does not need to hold confirmation hearings for them. Ignore the relative importance of each of those 169 positions. This “streamlining” is just plain unconstitutional. The Constitution is SUCH a pain, right? The thing about that little document is it gives powers to different branches of government for different reasons, and those branches have a duty to uphold and maintain those powers.
What the House GOP did was damaging and reckless. The abandoned their constitutional duties for what? Not having a political fight with Obama? What liberals would be so generous if they happen to hold Congress and a Republican is President? Newsflash: the liberals want power. They fight for every inch of it on every issue, whether it is judicial nominees under President Bush or trying to ban the use of baby formula in NYC hospitals. They don’t care what the issue is; they don’t care the cabinet post, the agency post . . . they will extract every political point out of it like drawing water from a rock. This is what our side doesn’t get. I retweeted this story when it came out from @trscoop and very little on our side took notice. And we wonder why we lose.
Now you may think I am nuts for harping on this, but if we don’t take the small hills like this, how do we think we are going to take the bigger ones like Obamacare, turning back spending, fixing the SCOTUS, etc? The war for this country, what is left of it, is about turning back and defending these small powers like approving political appointees. Democrats would never, EVER do this if the roles were reversed with Romney. They would plot and scheme and try to extract something from Romney in return for getting these appointees passed, and that is exactly what the GOP should have done to Obama and Reid. This is how you keep tax rates the same, this is how you get the Keystone Pipeline approved; you get it by playing hardball.
I know it’s tough to get your neighbor worked up about Congress giving up constitutional powers, because you can’t say it in two sentences. But if you don’t, then what the hell have we been fighting for? We all claim at events and rallies that we are fighting to restore the Constitution. Great. Then when the House abdicates its constitutional powers, we need to pitch a giant hissy fit. We ought to be furious when Obama appoints NLRB appointees when the Senate is not in recess. If we mean anything that we have been blogging about, rallying about, and tweeting about, then get upset about this issue.
Get mad about the small slashes at the Constitution, or there won’t be one left to defend when it’s all shredded on the floor.