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Jesse Jackson Jr.

The undemocratic left

Recently, there has been a spate of people who fall ideologically on the left wishing out loud that President Obama would essentially ignore the Constitution and do what is necessary to fix this mess.  Democratic Governor Perdue and Peter Orszag among a number of others on the left who’ve talked about extra-constitutional action (Perdue wants elections suspended so lawmakers can’t be held responsible for the actions they may have to take) in this situation.

Now we have another voice added to the chorus.  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. spouts off with this bit of nonsense:

Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that congressional opposition to the American Jobs Act is akin to the Confederate “states in rebellion.”

Jackson called for full government employment of the 15 million unemployed and said that Obama should “declare a national emergency” and take “extra-constitutional” action “administratively” — without the approval of Congress — to tackle unemployment.

“I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means, based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion in the past,” Jackson said. “He’s looking administratively for ways to advance the causes of the American people, because this Congress is completely dysfunctional.”

I.e, he should just “rule”, you know, like a king, because, well, democracy is messy and slow.

And of course there’s the veiled racial reference with the Confederate states nonsense.  Can anyone guess at whom that is aimed?

Imagine the blowback if a national emergency was declared by a Democratic president when that was the supposed fear of leftists when they talked about George Bush in the waning days of his presidency.  Here you have a Democrat calling for Obama to actually do that.

Of course economic ignorance is again given prominence of place by Rep. Jackson when he says the government just ought to employ those 15 million.

Here’s a clue Mr. Jackson – paying 15 million unemployment compensation has about the same effect as what you’re calling for.   It is the usual underwear gnome solution we’ve become accustomed to hearing from economic scholars like Jackson.  The jobs needed are in the private economy, not the public economy.  And any suggestion that such a boondoggle wouldn’t cost us our other arm and leg (the first arm and leg presently tied up in the $14 trillion debt folks like Jackson have run up on your behalf) is simply smoking dope.  This is tired old New Deal thinking which simply doesn’t work.

But rather than recognize that we overthrew the monarchy a few hundred years ago because we found it to be an unacceptable form of government, Jackson calls for the establishment of the modern equivalent.

Rule by one man based on what he deems to be the best for his kingdom country. No consultation.  No check.  And that pesky Constitution.  Hey, ignore it.  What the heck – it was written by a bunch of dead, slave-owning white men.  We don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution.

Just the rule of a benevolent community organizer king president who knows what’s best for all his children citizens.

While Congress may indeed be ‘dysfunctional’, it is also Constitutional.  And history says that despite the messiness of their deliberations and the political theater they constantly treat the public too, they’ll figure out a way to work out some sort of action.  The problem, of course, is it most likely won’t be the solution the president presented or preferred.

And that’s the point here.   You have a failed president who is about as ineffective as one has ever been and the only way his followers see him having any success is if he cuts out all the Constitutional stuff and just takes over.

I sit here and try to imagine Rep. Jackson ever making the same plea when George Bush was president and the Democrats routinely ignored his proposals and ran around calling him incompetent.

Would you have liked to have seen Mr. Bush take “extra-Constitutional action", Mr. Jackson?

Yeah, I didn’t think so.


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