I’m Fed Up With America’s One-Party Government. Are You?

One-Party State

“No man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session…”

If you, as do I, retain any interest in the future survival of America, you might ponder these oft-repeated words from an 1866 New York court decision by Surrogate Judge Gideon Tucker, who was referring to the New York legislature.

But that ancient warning about lawmakers now has far greater application to the U.S. Congress.

That was proven last week as the Senate passed a 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion budget-busting spending bill, 65-32, after the House approved it with bipartisan vote of 256-167. In all, 90 House Republicans, including many from the conservative House Freedom Caucus, voted against the bill, as did 24 Republicans in the Senate.

It is safe to say that none of the 535 members of Congress read the bill or even knew its contents.

A Pox on Both Parties

The deal was put together in secret by Capitol Hill staff representing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), plus House Minority Leader Pelosi (D-Calif.), who called the bill “a tremendous victory for the American people,” one that keeps domestic agencies robustly funded. (That tells you something!)

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who opposed the bill, said: “Shame, shame. A pox on both Houses — and parties.” Sen. John Neely Kennedy, R-La., said: “I don’t understand why when President Obama did what we’re about to do, it’s bad for the country, but when we do it, it’s good for the country.”

“It just boggles my mind that we continue to spend at a level that’s no different than the last three or four years of the Obama administration,” said Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee caucus.

Paul’s curse, a pox on both political parties, underscores that this massive deficit spending package was, as The Washington Post noted: “a stark reversal of the promises many Republicans ran on in capturing control of the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014 as they railed against what they described as a profligate President Barack Obama.”

Budget-Busting Laws

As a former member of the House myself, it was especially disgusting to see congressional GOP leaders abandon their own budget rules and “regular order,” ignoring their past complaints about Democrats jamming through unread mystery legislation with no time to read the mammoth bill.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget calculates President Donald Trump’s tax law will increase the national debt at least $5.5 trillion in lost tax revenue over a decade; others say over $10 trillion. As I write this, the National Debt Clock shows the official U.S. national debt is over $21 trillion, a figure that equates to nearly 106% of the gross domestic product (GDP). Considering the added unfunded liabilities of all entitlement programs, the true national debt exceeds $112 trillion!

The recent GOP-Trump budget-busting, debt-hiking tax law drove another nail in the coffin of the Republicans as the “conservative” party. That a “Republican” president would propose an enormous tax cut while ignoring a huge increase in the national debt suggests a formal funeral for the GOP is in order.

We’re a One-Party State

As Ted Bauman has explained, an increasing number of Americans now recognize Republicans and Democrats unfortunately agree on a great deal — issues far more consequential to our individual fates than the scare tactics used to get us to the polls. When it comes to what really matters, we now suffer under the domination of a de facto single-party state.

Both political parties are alike in all the worst ways — spending, debt and the destruction of our liberties. As they jockey for partisan power, few in either party admit their unprincipled merger.

Over the years, when asked about the possibility of forming a third political party, I quipped that what America needed was a true second party. If the Trumped Republicans are going to ape the Democrats, just eliminate the deceit, drop party labels and affirm the existing one-party system.

If you share concern about the national debt, exercise citizen action by sending an irate, demanding “do something” email to your congressperson or senators.

Yours for liberty,

Bob Bauman, JD

Legal Counsel, Banyan Hill Publishing

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  • There is already an alternative, the Libertarian Party. You may criticize that it proposes too much individual freedom and not enough government, but it ought to be apparent that is preferable to the alternative.

  • Anthony Benedetto

    Since I was first told we lived in a democracy back some fifty some years ago, and was what a democracy was, and a short time later told we had a two party system, I questioned how a system of two party’s be construed as a democracy.
    I am firmly convinced we have slipped into an oligarchy , and that oligarchy manipulates us through propaganda, pseudoscience, twisted, philosophers such as Ann Rand, playing on xenophobia, racism, keeping the population as ignorant as possible through the the dumbing down of the country. This process is as old as the hills divide and conquer keep people distracted by petty issues. It is the oligarchs are who control our representatives not the people and that is why our politicians do what they do open your eyes and see through their smoke screen, we need to regain our democracy if we are ever to get our republic back in order. that said, I do believe we should strive to find common ground when ever possible, be able to debate about the best coerce of action by using logic rather dogma, remove science from politics, and try and enlighten our population through unadulterated education. I do believe we need to have multiple party system.

  • bytheway4

    You all forget when obama didn’t get his way , he either walked out of a meeting until everyone gave in to him or he would just bypass congress which he did mostly for 8 years.

  • bytheway4

    Anthony Benedetto, I voted 70 years ago and we had Two parties then, you were either a democrat or a republican.

  • US Patriot

    The United States is supposed to be a Republic, not a Democracy. There is a difference.

  • Anthony Benedetto

    I am non partisan and that is my right; there is nothing in our constitution that says that there shall be two parties and nothing more, nor does it say we shale have Democrats and Republicans. At this time I feel that both parties are doing a bad job and that is my prerogative.

  • Anthony Benedetto

    If the United States is supposed to be strictly a republic then why do we have elections? We elect the the politicians we want to have represent us in our republic and we do that through a democratic process. That democratic process should be unadulterated, extremism is what scares me the most, that is what the democratic process is supposed to try and moderate.
    At this time the Democratic party is and has been mierd in psudosceince, I personally believe in a certain amount of socialism [not communism], that is what fits with where my moral and ethical compass leads me. The Republican party has moved so far to the right as to make Ronald Reagan look like a liberal democrat. Extremism leads to division, and division opens the door for a third entity to seas power.
    I believe that the top 1% or the top 1/10 of 1% are steering the ship and I don’t think that it is healthy for our people. I believe they manipulate the markets in their favor which can have a negative impact on the economy. I have a similar opinion about the Federal Reserve.
    In passing I just want to say; I believe that the better the masses are doing the greater their incomes that the greater the potential for profits. It looks to me that the vast majority of people do not invest their money in the stock market, so what do they do when their incomes increase they save, or they spend the surplus, and my guess is the latter. So I disagree with top down economics for the most part, my big exception would be for fledgling companies that show a lot of potential for advancing the human condition through things like science and technology, or mass job creation.
    Let us not forget the lesson of history; extreme unbalance leads to revolution, and revolution can lead to collapse and disarray, for some time, and we may not like the circumstances left in its wake. This should be ample reason to try and right the ship and get our government back on track.

  • SM — Texas

    The POTUS had no intention of cutting the national debt and paying it off. At least nothing I saw in writing. He knows it is too far out of whack to possibly remedy. We should pay off whatever foreign entities we owe and have the rest disappear. If the govt. can simply bailout careless lending institutions in 2009, it can magically make the debt go away and quit hounding us with it. We’re not going to pay it off. It’s a joke.

  • Ektor

    All that’s left are liberals and mostly liberals. DC is one big party and we are the ones who will eventually suffer the hangover. In the last 30 years has Congress fixed anything? Taxes, hardly, health care, forget it, immigration, it’s a joke, overspending, they can’t spend it fast enough and on and on. As long as there are entities who will step up to buy our debt, spending will increase. The corruption in DC is beyond imaginable and there will be no change until the system blows up into dust. Beyond Dems and Repubs, the other parties are so small as to not really matter in DC.

  • dejayajay

    Sadly, you all miss the point, or better, the solution: adopt the Swiss system of government, in which freely accessible citizen’s initiated referenda keep the politicians on track and under control. A side effect is that politicians never suffer delusions of grandeur. Can you recall the name of ANY Swiss politician? This seemingly minor distinction is far more significant than one might first think.