I swear to protect and defend a herd of unicorns

Thursday marked the beginning of the 113th session of Congress, kicking off with Congress-critter swear-in day.unicorn-herd-coloring-med

All of the House members and one-third of the Senate took their oaths of office at noon.

I wonder if a Guiness Book of World Record category exists for most people simultaneously telling a lie  in one place?

But I digress.

Americans often complain about a lack of bipartisanship in Congress. For example, check out the lead paragraph in this AP story.

Congress ushers in new and old Thursday, with dozens of eager freshmen determined to change Washington and the harsh reality of another stretch of bitterly divided government.

Well, today should make these folks pretty happy. Because on swearing in day, we saw Congress come together in virtual unanimity and agree that oaths don’t mean squat.

Here are the words those Congress-critters uttered.


Judge Napolitano: Republicans Did Opposite Of What They Were Elected For With Fiscal Cliff Bill

Judge Napolitano didn’t mince words this morning as he reacted to the vote on Fox and Friends, saying that Republicans “caved” last night, an action that is “churning the acid in the stomach for a lot of us this morning who believe Republicans were elected to shrink government, reduce spending, stop borrowing and lower taxes.”

“Yesterday, in a rush to join the stampede started by the Senate and continued by the president […], they went along with raising taxes on the most productive and not getting any spending cuts in return,” he said.


Slowly but Surely the Left Embraces States’ Rights

Earlier this month Huffington Post ran a live discussion titled States’ Rights Liberals. The panel shared the same progressive values and goals expressed by many critics of states’ rights, but in reflection of marijuana and gay marriage legalization victories this year, the panelists recognized a positive result of people ignoring Washington, D.C.

Their focus was on the same column from The Atlantic that TAC’s Joel Poindexter wrote about last week. Notice how far they’re willing to go in discussing the legitimacy of state sovereignty. With no intent of diminishing their gradual learning of the role of the several states, I must point out that not once was the 10th Amendment mentioned by Alyona Minkovski or the four guests.

“Racism and states’ rights is alive and well but it’s not one or the other – we have to separate, not all states’ rights are created equal, while we would probably put the rights for states to have legal slavery and marriage equality both under potential discussions, one is really about the taking away of rights from a group of people whereas the other is about remedying something,” stated David Pakman. Does David know the historic nature of the word “remedy” here? Judging by his understanding of slavery and states’ rights, perhaps not.


A Correction They Didn’t Print: The Denver Post and Judge Bork

A Denver Post article on the passing of Judge Robert Bork (Dec. 20) says, “He advocated a view of judging known as ’strict constructionism’ or ‘originalism.’”Actually, the writer was confused. Those two terms have very different meanings. An originalist believes the Constitution, like other legal documents, should be construed as understood by the people who…


New Year’s Resolutions for Congress

by Ron Paul

As I prepare to retire from Congress, I’d like to suggest a few New Year’s resolutions for my colleagues to consider. For the sake of liberty, peace, and prosperity I certainly hope more members of Congress consider the strict libertarian constitutional approach to government in 2013.

In just a few days, Congress will solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic. They should reread Article 1 Section 8 and the Bill of Rights before taking such a serious oath. Most legislation violates key provisions of the Constitution in very basic ways, and if members can’t bring themselves to say no in the face of pressure from special interests, they have broken trust with their constituents and violated their oaths. Congress does not exist to serve special interests, it exists to protect the rule of law.

I also urge my colleagues to end unconstitutional wars overseas. Stop the drone strikes; stop the covert activities and meddling in the internal affairs of other nations. Strive to observe “good faith and justice towards all Nations” as George Washington admonished. We are only making more enemies, wasting lives, and bankrupting ourselves with the neoconservative, interventionist mindset that endorses pre-emptive war that now dominates both parties.

All foreign aid should end because it is blatantly unconstitutional. While it may be a relatively small part of our federal budget, for many countries it is a large part of theirs–and it creates perverse incentives for both our friends and enemies. There is no way members of Congress can know or understand the political, economic, legal, and social realities in the many nations to which they send taxpayer dollars.