It’s worth asking, as we read of President Obama’s decision to move forward with a climate change treaty without submitting it to the Senate for ratification, whether liberals are still interested in operating under the precepts of our Republic, which have kept us free – and prosperous – for more than two hundred years.
Liberals have long sought to advance their agenda by playing fast and loose with the Constitution, describing it as a “living document” to be reinterpreted. Insisting that it contains unwritten, secret messages like the Right to Privacy.
Sure, it’s a living document, in the sense that it can be amended. But liberals long ago decided that the Constitution is a kind of a Rorschach Test, the important thing being not what’s in it, but how you feel about it.
Today, led by President Obama, we’ve gone a step further, entering the era of End-Stage liberalism. End stage, as in the final period of life. The patient, more gravely ill than ever, is the Constitution of the United States. And liberals seem unconcerned with whether or not they are pulling the plug.
With End-Stage liberalism, the Left, and even many who describe themselves as moderates, no longer seems concerned at all about the Constitution. End-Stage liberalism is the handmaiden of a post-Constitutional era, when Americans will be freed from the dated mutterings of the Constitution’s slave-owning creators and can finally let it all hang out, boogieing to the sound of mob – whether in the streets, in academia, or on Sunday talk shows – and the mob’s prescriptions for addressing problems that can wait no longer.
The world is overheating! Illegal immigrants demand equality! Healthcare isn’t free! These matters are simply too urgent to be adjudged by some old fart like James Madison.
We are in an era when the president insouciantly changes major laws he doesn’t like or simply decides not to enforce them. When the administration wades into racially charged cases with a presumption of guilt. Or wages war, as Obama did in Libya, without even a courtesy nod toward Congress.
With this new, extra-legal international climate change treaty, Obama has decided to use a previous treaty as a kind of shell into which he will put new provisions, enforcing it by bogusly labeling the new treaty “voluntary” and using shame, instead of the force of Sneate-approved international law, to coax compliance.
According to the New York Times:
Under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.
To sidestep that requirement, President Obama’s climate negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions.
This kind of hocus pocus is something the Founders understood. Half of them were lawyers themselves, and they realized you can get around laws with such legal sophistry.
We could not, they knew, just rely on the written rules of a single document to survive. “Virtuous men” would needed, borne of a virtuous society, to maintain adherence to the Constitution.
Wrote John Adams:
Republican governments could be supported only by pure Religion or Austere Morals. Public virtue cannot exist in a Nation without private Virtue, and public Virtue is the only Foundation of Republics.
What the country has today is a critical dearth of virtuous leaders.
Asked after the Constitutional Convention whether the delegates had created a monarchy or a republic, Benjamin Franklin answered, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
We kept it for so long. But maybe, not much longer.