Many have commented about how fast things are changing, that they are changing so fast that people are having trouble keeping up. That is objectively true, and, in my opinion, it is because Democrats have figured out how to beat our constitutional system of government by employing a tactic that became popular during the Obama years.
I call it the “Catch Me If You Can” (CMIYC) process.
Taken from the 2002 movie and 1980 book of the same name, CMIYC is not really a form of governance, it is more a cultural change process which leads to changes in governing philosophy.
If you recall the 2002 movie, it starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale, the con man who allegedly, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor, and a Louisiana parish prosecutor. He survived for as long as he did by shifting identities and cons to stay one step ahead of law enforcement.
If you are paying attention, there is a lot of resemblance between Frank Abagnale and today’s Democrat Party.
As noted, CMIYC involves governing policy but is more a form of cultural change rather than actual governance. The Democrats, largely beginning with Obama, used the crashing of our national economy brought about by the bursting mortgage bubble to change Congressional rules and traditional norms, thereby opening an avenue to short circuit the slower, more public, more deliberative processes in Congress. Harry Reid, as Senate Majority Leader, short circuited the filibuster for some types of legislation, they introduced the concept of lumping non-budgetary items in with reconciliation bills that were never designed to accommodate anything other than spending items (that is how they passed Obamacare with a simple majority and how they are passing most of their agenda today). Congress has not passed a budget under regular order since 2006.
In 2009, Nancy Pelosi suspended “regular order” in the House to fast-track huge bills, including the bank bailouts and the stimulus package (angering many committee and subcommittee chairs who resented being shut out of decision-making).
Of course, they did all of this for these same reason as they are doing it today, it is an emergency! We are in a crisis and can’t wait for Congress to work! We can’t let this crisis go to waste and we must do something!
Since our government is designed for contemplative consideration of proposed actions before enacting them, it can’t keep up with the changes – it was never designed to keep up because the actions were anticipated to be carefully considered, debated in the open so the people could see the pros and cons, and then voted on. Obama just said “I’m going to do this without you Republicans because I believe this is what America should look like. I won and elections have consequences, so you can try to stop me if you can.”
Rather than defeating presidential and party priorities in Congress, the opposition has been reduced to suing the Executive branch, another time-consuming and unsure process.
Andrew Breitbart famously said that politics is downstream from culture, and the Democrats understand that. To have any durability, a policy must have cultural support. They have found a way to change the culture through government, so that by the time the dust settles, the culture has adapted to the changes in governance and the polices are so metastasized and intertwined in government, they are impossible to remove.
Since Marbury v. Madison (1801) enshrined the Supreme Court as the ultimate arbiter of constitutionality, the Dems are perfectly happy to let the challenges wind their way thought the judicial system because many of them will be killed by procedural issues or just wind up in a never-ending process of modification and clarification. Even if the challenges do get to the Supreme Court, it will take years, maybe even decades, to be considered – and even then, there is no guarantee of a favorable decision as the SCOTUS under Chief Justice John Roberts has been politicized to the point, they care what the Washington Post writes about them.
Frank Abagnale’s foremost crime was check fraud and he was so good at it, the FBI later turned to him for help catching other check forgers. Like the FBI turning to Frank Abagnale, the government then turns to the cultural con men for help in rooting out the opposition.
That is why you see radicals being placed in positions of influence within our government – like Bishop Garrison, who has previously said Trump and his supporters are racist and is an advocate for Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project, as the senior adviser to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for human capital, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Jefferson’s words about how “that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed” holds true today, 245 years after they were written – but the existential danger to the practitioners of CMIYC is implied in Jefferson’s words, that when the abuses become destructive to the basic rights of Americans, the process will be ended.
The Democrat culture warriors run the risk that they get too far ahead of the culture and load the wheelbarrow with cultural changes the people will not accept. As King George did in the 1770’s, the collectivist amoeba (Biden is just one of those specks in the gelatinous body of his Party) is making mistakes. Chief among those cultural changes that may not pass muster is turning a deaf ear to the people, putting citizens at risk via policies that are increasing crime, erasing America’s southern border, recognizing psychosexual deviances as normal existence, openly prosecuting censorship via fascistic relationships with both social and traditional media companies, using a virus as an excuse to end the Bill of Rights, and prosecuting a race war in virtual space by accusing all whites of being racists.
In the past I have noted Herb Stein’s law – that if something cannot go on forever, it will stop – but I’m not sure it still applies today. I think there should be version 2.0 of his law stating, something will go on forever unless and until it is stopped.
The first step in stopping the CMIYC process is to return Congress to regular order and reinstitute the traditional processes of budgeting and debate. Nothing else will work if we (and by “we” I mean the Republicans in Congress who represent us) continue to allow the Democrats to stay so far ahead of our constitutional system.
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The issues and items that are brought up in Congress are subjected to a completely different process than what took place in the 50’s and 60’s. What I remember happening in DC was:
1. A congressman brought up an issue that he/she felt needed to become law.
2. The issue was debated back and forth by those that favored it and those that didn’t.
3. A vote was taken by Congress.
4. The vote decided if the issue became law.
What I see happening now is:
1. One of the 2 parties in congress decides and issue needs to become law.
2. Which ever party has a vote winning majority in congress decides by that majority if it needs to be enacted into law.
No longed does it matter if the issue is good for America, only if it helps one of the 2 parties. A debate is a waste of time.
And if you don’t like how your party wants you to vote, and you vote the other way, you will not be given the party support needed now days to be re-elected.