The Daily Jot
Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Whose your dictator?
How many times have you seen a politician accuse another politician of taking bribes or having an affair or lying about something only to find that he is doing exactly what he accused? Now the Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is accusing House Republicans of dictatorship in the debt ceiling debate. She told Politico, "This is almost like dictatorship. I know they want to force the outcome that ... their extremists would like to impose. But they are getting ready to spark panic and chaos, and they seem to be OK with that." It seems that whenever the Democrats do not get their way, Republicans become extremists and now add to that, dictators.
What is extreme about requiring a government that has spent nearly $4 trillion that it did not have in the past three years to cut spending and live within its means? And what is dictatorship about a healthy debate and political pressure being applied by the American people to have government be responsible stewards? And who has recently said he would rather just raise the debt ceiling without Congressional approval? And who has actually supported such an action? First, there is nothing extreme or compulsory about good stewardship and debating how to achieve it. And second, you will not be surprised about who is actually suggesting dictatorship-style resolution to this debate, and is serious about it.
Third Ranking House Democrat, South Carolina's James Clyburn suggests that the president should veto the Republican bill and raise the debt ceiling himself using Section 4 of the Constitution's 14th Amendment. Section 4 states: "The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void."
Indeed the president himself on July 25 discussing allowing amnesty to illegal immigrants said, "Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you not just on immigration reform." Obviously, the 14th Amendment has nothing to do with the debt ceiling and bad stewardship. But obvious as well, there are certain people who wish to take dictatorial actions. And there are others who are working within the system. They are called extremists. Indeed, it will take extreme actions to get the tax and spenders to stop their dictatorial grip on the American household. Isaiah 5: 20 says, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness."
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!