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McConnell, Boehner, Cantor
Actually, I think Boehner blew his big line last night. A quick search will reveal that most often, the quote is "The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen," reflecting general conservative philosophy that supposedly government takes away individual rights and interferes with individual responsibility. I'm not going to link those, because it's from a bunch of tea party/cultural-warrior types I don't exactly want to encourage. I prefer to think, like Lincoln, that the government IS the People - all the people, not any particular individual citizen, regardless of metaphorical size, attempting to assert his personal interests or "rights" to the disadvantage of other people or groups of people. Admittedly, it is a fine line between the rights and powers of the individual versus the group. I still stick with the Constitution of, by and for We the People (all of us) which I think is the best protector and promoter (not grantor, for heaven's sake!) of individual civil rights.
So, yes, we are (and Congress sort of is) talking about very important issues about the role and nature of our government of We the People. I think the preamble should resolve it easily, but obviously others don't see it that way.
Let's think through this. Boehner's problem right now is that he has a significant caucus in his majority of the House that simple does not want to compromise in any way with the President of the United States. That's their prerogative and the Constitution says that's fine. Both chambers of the bicameral legislature and all three Constitutional branches have their role in getting anything done and nothing gets done by the fiat of any single branch of government. Occasionally, it might in the event of national emergency (maybe a debt default?) which sometimes may justify or at least practicably allow such action, but even then, the other branches will eventually catch up to assert their authority to modify, perhaps to stop it. And ultimately the people through the ballot box will decide.
So, this is absolutely fascinating to watch as yet another test and development of our Constitutional system. Blessedly, while markets and economies (and certainly my federal salary) may be at risk we are not shooting at each other and hopefully will not start. This isn't Norway, after all. And I shouldn't be "cute" about such horrific tragedy because among We the People is Oklahoma City. And even beyond that, We the People of the United States share a common humanity even with Norwegians.