Two years ago, the Tea Party was riding high. The Tea Party had cheered the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The Tea Party had brought about a Republican majority in the Senate, much as it had done for the House four years earlier.
Yet today, we face a stunning defeat.
How bad is this loss and can anything be done?
Since 2009, the Republican Party has become remarkably responsive to the influence of the Tea Party. Liberals like Arlen Specter are gone from the Republican Party. Until recently, Republicans talked about limited government, reducing the size and reach of government and keeping government within the constraints of the Constitution.
Today we have Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee. Whether you like him or don’t like him, pay attention to what he is saying. He is not even giving lip service to the idea of shrinking the government. He is not even talking about cutting government or cutting taxes. Trump talks a lot and says very little. He has it talking points of, “make America great again,” but he does not go into a lot of detail about that.
In light of the recent murder of five police officers in Dallas, an old clip of Trump was recirculated. The quote he gave in December 2015 said that if he were elected President, he would issue an executive order mandating the death penalty for killing police officers.
99.9 percent of all homicides, including the homicides of police officers, are state crimes. States set their laws and their penalties. Does Donald Trump now propose that the federal government is going to override the states on these issues?
While Donald Trump is talking about the “Twelfth Article” of the Constitution (there are only five), perhaps he has forgotten about the Tenth Amendment.
Our founding fathers warned us that liberty would remain safe in this nation only as long as the federal government was restrained. They created a form of government and a constitution to do just that.
Today, both major candidates want to expand the size and scope of the federal government.
For each, the only question is how much.