How Destructively Disingenuous Can They Get?

-By Frank Salvato

As if the American public’s tolerance for political chicanery hasn’t been tested beyond the breaking point, now comes news that several shyster Progressives and Democrats are floating the notion that the debt ceiling is – get this – unconstitutional. Far be it from me to ask, but why is it the only time Progressives and Democrats concern themselves with the constitutionality of issues is when its concern their ability to spend money?

US Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) – you remember him, he’s the candidate that Delawareans deemed better suited to represent them than Christine O’Donnell; the one who wrote an article for his college newspaper, entitled “Chris Coons: The Making of a Bearded Marxist” – is quoted as saying:

“This is an issue that’s been raised in some private debate between senators as to whether in fact we can default, or whether that provision of the Constitution can be held up as preventing default…I don’t think, as of a couple weeks ago, when this was first raised, it was seen as a pressing option. But I’ll tell you that it’s going to get a pretty strong second look as a way of saying, ‘Is there some way to save us from ourselves?’”

Great choice, Delawareans…you should be proud.

Now, most clear thinking Americans, when examining the depth of the financial crisis – the deficit spending and the debt accrued – have already come to the overwhelming conclusion that our elected officials – and the apparatus they have constructed in the federal bureaucracy – have taken to outrageous, unacceptable and, in no uncertain terms, grotesque spending habits. They have created such a financial catastrophe that in poll after poll, the American public agrees that spending by the US federal government must be not only reined in, but limited from this point forward so that the ideologues and social engineering zealots can’t bring our nation to the brink of non-existence, such as we find ourselves today.

Make no mistake, when I say federal government I am not just speaking of Democrats; many Republicans and, without question, each and every Progressive are included. In fact, where Progressives are concerned – seeing as their ideology is basically Marxism with a Madison Avenue sell job – spending other people’s money “for the good of the people” is in the DNA.

But now, as if to take a red-hot poker from the fire of disingenuous opportunism only to stick it directly into the cornea of the American people’s eye, we have Progressives and Democrats feigning that they give a damn about the constitutionality of a debt ceiling, and for what reason? They do so for the sole purpose of ignoring a fiscally responsible practice of restricting debt to what can legitimately be repaid. They do so to facilitate their continued borrowing and spending. They do so to continue our national descent into indigence. They do so to continue their ideological agenda of wealth redistribution.

The Huffington Post reports Sen. Patty Murray (P-WA), head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as saying:

“…the constitutional solution puts the question in its proper context — that the debate is over paying past debts, not over future spending…‘The way everybody talks about this is that we need to raise the debt ceiling. What we’re really saying is, we have to pay our bills.”

Murray, HuffPo continues, finds “the 14th Amendment approach ‘fascinating.’”

Fascinating indeed. It sounds to me like this may be the first time Sen. Murray has peaked at the US Constitution. Would anyone be surprised if that were true?

We, as a nation, have done ourselves a tremendous disservice – while disgracing the memory of the Founding Generation – in squandering the blood and treasure spent by past generations in the pursuit and acquisition of freedom and liberty. We have successfully employed narcissism and apathy to extinguish our freedom from the overreach of a tyrannical government. We have annihilated our freedom from a suffocatingly oppressive tax system. Our liberty to pursue happiness has been replaced by a politically correct set of shadow rules to the Bill of Rights that places emotions and “not being offended” above – above – the right to liberty under Natural Law .

Sens. Coons and Murray, along with the rest of the fiscally malfeasant Progressives and Democrats, know all too well that raising the debt ceiling and accruing more debt – even as our unfunded liabilities totals over $114 trillion – is tantamount to a death knell for the sovereignty of our nation. Yet they stand so absolutely addicted to their spendthrift ways that even as they plummet into the abyss they can’t deny themselves.

So, too, do the political wastrels of the Left understand that by adding any form of tax burden to an already over-taxed populace is to serve the purpose of further enslaving not only this generation to societal mediocrity, but to place out of reach the American Dream – the real American Dream, not Van Jones’ American Dream; not the dream of artificially created social justice – out of reach for all foreseeable generations of Americans as well.

And the Progressive charlatans, along with their Democrat toadies, stake a claim to constitutionalism in their quest to fiscally enslave the American people while indebting our nation beyond the sanctity of sovereignty? Wars have been fought over much, much less!

The Declaration of Independence states, and unambiguously so:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

“…That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…” How appropriate these words are as we launch into the Independence Day weekend. How necessary those words are in the face of the misdeeds of our elected officials.

So, Senators Coons and Murray, you want to talk Constitution, do you; you want to talk Charters of Freedom, you say? Fine…let’s talk.
Frank Salvato is the managing editor for The New Media Journal . He serves at the Executive Director of the Basics Project, a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(C)(3) research and education initiative. His pieces are regularly featured in over 100 publications both nationally and internationally. He has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, and is a regular guest on The Right Balance with Greg Allen on the Accent Radio Network, as well as an occasional guest on numerous radio shows coast to coast. He recently partnered in producing the first-ever symposium on the threat of radical Islamist terrorism in Washington, DC. His pieces have been recognized by the House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict. He can be contacted at

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