Yesterday, I noted how Democrats in Congress have been silent on the issue of President Obama’s decision to resurrect George W. Bush’s military tribunal kangaroo courts – show trials with substandard procedures designed to prejudge guilt and lead to conviction. Democratic members of the House and Senate seem more interested in having their political team keep a grip on power than they are in using their power to fulfill their oaths to defend the Constitution.
But, let’s be fair. It’s not just the Democrats who are turning a blind eye to the injustice of this separate-and-unequal set of military courts. The Republicans are silent refusing to speak out against the courts too. It was the Republicans, after all, who invented these military tribunals in the first place, and they seem determined to never admit that they were wrong.
Even supposedly libertarian Republicans in Congress, like Ron Paul, are refusing to come to the defense of the Constitution and its guarantees of fair and speedy trials by a jury of peers. Representative Paul may claim to believe in “Texas straight talk”, but these days, he is too busy blathering on about his plans to abolish the Federal Reserve to speak out against Barack Obama’s attack against the core of America’s system of justice.
So, what are Republicans in Congress talking about? They’re busy tilting at the old 20th century windmill of socialism, accusing Democrats of being Socialists because the Democrats in Congress and the White House are promoting big government spending.
Congressman Paul Broun sneered yesterday, “The American people need to understand what this is all about. It’s not about cleaning up the environment. It’s about creating more revenue for the Federal Government to grow a bigger Federal Government, a bigger socialistic government.”
Representative Joe Wilson also complained about big spending by Democrats:
“President Obama last week told a town hall audience that ‘we are mortgaging our children’s future with more and more debt.’ He talked about how borrowing would lead to higher interest rates. I appreciate the President acknowledging these dangers. Unfortunately, it is his budget and his allies in Congress that will produce more debt in the next decade than all previous administrations combined. They are his policies that are borrowing too much, spending too much and taxing too much.
On the other hand, Republicans continue to offer a better way forward. Our policies would help small businesses and entrepreneurs have the capital and freedom to innovate and create jobs. At some point, the President’s actions need to match his words. American families cannot afford for President Obama to try to have it both ways.”
Trying to have it both ways? Yes, let’s talk about politicians who are trying to have it both ways. Under George W. Bush and a Republican Congress, budget deficits broke all previous records and the U.S. Federal Government grew at a more rapid pace than it ever had before. According to the Republicans’ own rhetoric, that makes the Republicans in Congress just as Socialist as the Democrats.
Of course, congressional Republicans want you to forget all about the past, and how they spent the last decade running a borrow and spend government. Perhaps the Democrats are trying to have it both ways, but the Republicans are too. At this point, I can’t say that I trust either party “to offer a better way forward”.