Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
The creators of America built the Constitution on three fundamental beliefs:
1. One person, or one small group of people, cannot be trusted with absolute power. The President is not the king, nor is Congress, nor is the Supreme Court. Each moderates the other’s power.
Additionally, the founders created states, and in the states are counties and cities, all moderating national power.
2. Only certain people can be trusted to make rational decisions. We “commoners” do not vote directly for the President, but rather the “more trusted” people comprise the electoral college.
3. Ultimately, our political representatives will come together to put country ahead of party. That is the essence of a representative democracy rather than a pure democracy.
Unfortunately, there is no fool-proof, completely fair or rational way to create a nation’s government. If leaders are irrational, hate-filled or power-mad, and are able to convince the voting public to yield its own power, even “the best-laid schemes of mice and men, gang aft agley.”
If Hillary Clinton wins, conservatives have already devised a new litmus test for how truly anti-Clinton a Republican is: Will they commit to blocking any Clinton nominee to the Supreme Court?
Over the last year, preserving the Supreme Court has become the symbol by which Republicans have rationalized falling in line behind unpredictable, conservative poser Donald Trump.
Evangelicals have ignored Trump’s crass comments about grabbing p***y in the name of Roe v. Wade.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) won’t say the nominee’s name on the stump, but he’s quick to point out the importance of voting for the “Republican nominee” in order to preserve the balance of the court.
And slowly but surely, vowing to block Hillary Clinton from ever getting a nominee through the Senate if she is elected has become normalized.
What began as brash campaign rhetoric is now being adopted by the conservative base as the litmus test of what it means to be a Republican. Anything short of it could be construed as RINO territory.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) pointed out last week there was precedent to have fewer than nine justices.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said “if Hillary Clinton becomes president, I am going to do everything I can do to make sure four years from now, we still got an opening on the Supreme Court.”
The Hill reported last week that Dan Holler, a spokesman for Heritage Action, said it was “unacceptable” for Republicans to allow Clinton’s nominees to get through.
Precedent is important in politics.
Remember Gary Hart? Back in 1988, he led the Democratic primaries, until he was found to have had an affair with a woman named Donna Rice. While many Presidents have had affairs, the times, they were a’changin’, and by 1988, things the media formerly kept secret, now were exposed.
A new precedent had begun. Hart was out.
Click forward a couple dozen years, and those new precedents became old precedents. Donald Trump now has set brand new precedents for Republicans.
His popularity survives his bigotry, misogyny, infidelity, ignorance, nativism, scamming, lying, insulting and breaking promises. He isn’t even a conservative, but the conservative party is fine with that.
Why? Because the new precedent seems to be this: All politicians are evil and expected to be evil, so anything that can prevent politics from working is good.
There always has been a bit of that cynicism in politics. The Libertarians have promoted it for decades. The Tea Party followed suit. And now Trump has taken it to its logical conclusion, by claiming only that he will “shake up the establishment.”
Now, no plan, no knowledge, no moral code is necessary or even wanted by the Republican “base.”
Never mind that the “establishment” is comprised of the Constitution of the United States, the Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court. In short, the “establishment is the American system of government.
Today, among Republicans, anyone favoring any aspect of current American democracy is oh, so outré. It’s a “Let’s burn down America, so we can remake it the way we want it” attitude.
The current Republicans already have thumbed their noses at the spirit of the Constitution by passing voter denial laws, by refusing to approve many Obama submissions, and by refusing even to consider President Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court.
Where are these new precedents taking us?
- Secretaries of the 15 Cabinet agencies, deputy secretaries, under secretaries and assistant secretaries, and general counsels of those agencies: Over 350 positions
- Justices of the Supreme Court: 9 positions (Supreme Court justices serve for life subject to death, retirement, resignation or impeachment.)
- Certain jobs in the independent, non-regulatory executive branch agencies, like NASA and the National Science Foundation: Over 120 positions
- Director positions in the regulatory agencies, like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration: Over 130 positions
- U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals: About 200 positions
- Ambassadors to foreign nations: Over 150 positions
- Presidential appointments to part-time positions, like the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System: Over 160 positions
What precedent will be set by the Republican refusal to approve any Clinton appointment to the Supreme Court?
The next time the President is of one party, and a majority of the Senate is of another party, you can look forward to the American government shutting down for four years.
The no-compromise, anti-establishment precedent has been set, and seemingly that is what a large number of voters want.
Forget “country before party.” Forget patriotism and the Statue of Liberty. Forget the American Constitution and our government. They all are “establishment.”
It’s a new world, everything must go, and the inmates now run the asylum.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes..
•No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth.
•Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
•A growing economy requires a growing supply of money (GDP = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
•Deficit spending grows the supply of money
•The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
•The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.
•Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
•The single most important problem in economics is the Gap between rich and the rest.
•Austerity is the government’s method for widening the Gap between rich and poor.
•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.