Tick … tock …
No one knows how much time the Republicans have before Democrats are back in power – two years, four, six, or eight. It depends on how Republicans meet the expectations of their electorate, and on whether Democrats find a new rock star to rally around anytime soon.
Yes, I know the Democrats seem to be doing everything they can to alienate rational and sane voters – rioting at Trump’s inauguration, casting spells, “refusing fascism,” and otherwise throwing a huge tantrum. The DNC could barely choose between Perez representing its Communist Left and Ellison representing its younger SJW and Muslim Brotherhood Left.
But does anyone think Trump was elected because he was rational? No – that was more like people hitting the panic button against the out-of-control Democrats and our country-club Republicans. However, panic is a double-edged sword – it could work for the Democrats as well next time, when they have a better candidate and they aren’t taken by surprise.
While Republicans are in control, they might boldly roll back the administrative state – the EPA, the DOJ, the CFPB, the IRS, the Dept. of Education, the Dept. of Energy, et al. All of this would be great, and might enough to get them reelected on their own merit.
Eventually, however, the Democrats will regain power; and then what?
The root of our problem is not so much what the Democrats or Republicans will do with the power they have, but that the federal government believes it has this kind of power to begin with.
The first question we should ask about every proposed or current federal law should be, “Is the subject of this law the Constitutional responsibility of Congress?” The object of the federal government is, essentially, to protect the states, to resolve conflicts between the states, and to protect the enumerated Constitutional rights of American citizens. If people want more than that, our representatives should say “No – the Constitution forbids it.”
But often, our representatives are tempted to do more – they want to do what people ask for, or to do what their party calls for, regardless of the Constitution. So here we are.
Under Trump, it’s great that the EPA will refrain from destroying the coal industry, but what happens when the Democrats get it again? Dissolve the EPA, and return the power to the states and to the people.
Under Trump, it’s great that the Department of Education will insist that Title IX won’t be used to persecute men on campus, but what happens when the Democrats get it again? Dissolve the DoE, and return the power to the states and to the people.
Under Republicans, it’s nice that Obamacare might be turned into Republicare, but it’s still a government program that will metastasize into worse. Repeal Obamacare, return the power and responsibility where it belongs – to the states and to the people.
“Rolling it back” is not enough. Defund and dissolve the federal administrative state. Chop off its unconstitutional head, put a stake through its bureaucratic heart, and salt the ground in which it is buried, with a headstone that reads, “Here lies the doom of our Constitutional federal republic.”
Because otherwise, eventually, when the apparatchiks get back in power, they’ll just switch the controls back on, and we’ll be right back where we started.
Republicans must dismantle the federal administrative state now, and return these powers to the states and to the people. If they squander this opportunity to do so, if they are too timid to do what must be done – to defeat the Democrats in their proverbial war against the Constitutional foundation of our Republic – the opportunity might never return.
Do congressional Republicans, along with President Trump and a more conservative judiciary, have the will, the fortitude, to destroy the Ring of Power that the federal administrative state has become?
Tick … tock …
Stephen Crawford is @servative on Twitter
See also: Understanding the Administrative State, by Scott. W. Johnson