Because of the failure of congress, albeit mostly the fault of the Senate, in not passing a timely budget, which is their constitutional duty, a last minute bill loaded with pork and unrelated items was forced through the legislative process in a shameful and haphazard manner once again. This time it was Boehner who in essence said that the bill would have to be passed so we could find out what was in it. Because of the failure of congress to legislate and properly deliberate, we will now live under bad law and more importantly a very important aspect of our freedom has been further eroded. Ted Cruz told the Senate not to pass this hastily and poorly crafted massive law because we were acquiescing to the executive branch to unilaterally making law. This act by the executive branch is in clear violation of the separation of powers outlined in the constitution. Obama had agreed that this is what he had done when he stated in public , that he had changed the law. Ted Cruz was roundly criticized by both sides of the aisle. Ted Cruz was RIGHT in his stance of protecting the separation of powers in our constitution. It is at the heart of our continuing freedom and liberty.
“Always stand on principle….even if you stand alone.”– John Adams
Thank you Senator Cruz for standing for freedom, even though you stood virtually alone.
James Madison, along with the other founders, understood the principle upon which you stood. Madison explained this principle in the Federalist Papers.
An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others. – James Madison, Federalist 84, 1788
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. – James Madison, Federalist 47, 1788
In the name of politics and expediency, the others in the legislative branch of government allowed the United States of America to take one more giant leap towards tyranny. These people who had failed to fulfill their responsibilities will explain why their expediency was so critical; of course they will not tell us we were brought to this critical point once again because of that failure to fulfill their primary responsibility. This type of irresponsibility is as much a danger to freedom as is the irresponsibility of the individual citizen not to be self-reliant, self-sufficient, and independent so he does not depend on other members of society to provide for him what he can and should provide for himself.
“In the end more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.”
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)
I read not Athenians but Americans; I read not Athens but the United States.