Our Real Focus?

To this point in 2012, the focus has been almost entirely on the Presidential election, but let me suggest to you that it’s time that we begin thorough considerations of the down-ballot candidates.  From the Senate, to the House, to the States, and all the way down the list, we need to concentrate here because it is here we can make the biggest difference.  Let me explain: Even if Romney gets the nomination, and subsequently loses the general, we needn’t tolerate Obamacare, because we still have Constitutional option B.  We need 290 solid conservatives in the House, and 67 Senators of equal merit.  In this way, even when Willard loses, we can still repeal Obama-care.  I will remind you that a President can veto a bill sent to him by the Congress, but Congress can vote to override by two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress.

The lower down the ballot you go, the greater our grass-roots efforts pay dividends, because we are able to take a bigger bite in these elections.  Unfortunately, the real challenge for us will be to not only capture the Senate but also grab enough support there to overwhelm the Democrats. Gaining the seats necessary to obtain the 67 votes necessary will be nearly impossible, but only nearly.  In this election, more than one-third of the Senate will be up for election, and many of them are Democrats. This can be the year we clobber them without respect to  the presidential race.  From 2009 through January 2011, Obama was able to rule without reference to Republicans, but if we get our act together, we can grab large enough majorities in Congress to govern without respect to the presidency.

Most with whom I speak have forgotten this, but it’s a simple fact of the construction of our Constitutional Republic’s government: Congress writes laws, and if we have large enough majorities in both houses, there is very little any president can do to curtail its authority.  Of course, the problem has always been having a large enough majority to override the President’s veto at any particular time, but let us not forget this is one tool the constitution permits us in direct combat to executive overreach of the sort Obama has imposed. You may wonder what such a Congress would do if Obama, for instance, would continue to issue executive orders in contravention of law, but a Congress able to sustain that level of control by virtue of a large majority is also an institution able to remove any president from office.

With this in mind, I must urge you to remember that our problems as conservatives and Tea Party folk begin in Congress, and if we wish to reform this country’s out-of-control efforts, we must begin there. It’s not that we should ignore the presidency, but that we should be of a mind to restore the balance between the executive and legislative branches, and the one way in which to do so is to overwhelmingly control Congress.  In this way, no matter who the president may be at a particular time, we can restrain him to his constitutional role.  This should have been our primary focus, because in so doing, we reduce this problem to components, breaking it down into more manageable pieces we can confront.  I’m not yielding ground on the presidency, but I’d ask you to consider why the legislative branch is more important to restoring our constitutional republic.  Presidents come and go, but Congress is where our battle will be won or lost.  Let us therefore refocus on that effort, lest while watching the circus of the presidential race, we lose focus of the more important battle.

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