When it comes to Washington scandals, the focus by media and political figures is generally on individuals – often scapegoats instead of the real culprits. These figures are trounced or supported, generally depending on their party affiliation and who is in power, until consequences take place – often a resignation or a congressional hearing.
However, the system making the scandals does not change. The faces may rise and fall, but the corrupt bureaucracy they represent goes on, unscathed. As Tea Party Patriots noted:
Blaming one or two people can’t possibly go far enough in a government that’s “too big to manage.” The problems related to wiretapping, Benghazi, the IRS, farm bill corruption, etc. are the result of decades of unconstitutional, unaccountable growth of government. Scapegoating a bureaucrat isn’t enough; the establishment culture making it possible in the first place needs to be ripped up, root, branch and tree.
Which is why former Congressman Ron Paul’s question to Piers Morgan is the one that should be on the lips of every single American:
So my question should be, to all of you who defend this nonsense is, what should the penalty be for the people who destroy the constitution. They’re always worrying about how they’re going to destroy the American citizens who tell the truth to let us know what’s going on. We ask the question, what is the penalty for the people who deliberately destroy the constitution and rationalize and say, ‘we have to do it for security.’
Congressman Paul is correct. At the heart of each and every bureaucratic scandal – whether at the IRS, NSA, DOJ, State Department, or EPA – is a mandate, regulation, lack of oversight, or some other failure by Congress. And yet the American public, guided by these same politicians and an often lapdog media loyal to one party or the other, focuses on the bureaucracies instead of the root problem.
Two years ago, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) said Congress should be in jail for not doing its legal duty regarding passage of a federal budget. That’s one approach. The ballot box is another one, though that requires education of the voting public and can only take place every two, four, or six years. Impeachment is another, though that’s reliant on the same politicians responsible for our problems.
What’s the answer? Does violating the Constitution against the vow one takes as part of entering Congress rise to the level of treason? And given that the people in power are at the top of the national food chain, how would we enforce any punishments? After all, they control the military, police, etc.
What’s your answer? Let me know in the comments.