The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Monday, August 01, 2011

The Validity of This Post Shall Not Be Questioned

I don't even know what to say when otherwise intelligent people claim that under the 14th amendment, Obama has the right to unilaterally raise the federal government's debt ceiling. Seriously, read the text, it's short and clear:

Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

So ... are there elected Republicans claiming that the debt is not valid? No? Are there any unresolved questions about the legitimacy of Confederate debt? No? Great. Can we please stop this nonsense?

What if the shoe were on the other foot and a Republican president were embroiled in a debt fight with a Democratic Congress? (Such a thing happened ... five short years ago. Voting against a debt limit raise was one Barack Obama.) Suppose Sarah Palin were to claim that the 14th amendment empowered the president to raise the debt ceiling to anything he liked.

Well, it's not hard to imagine the result. The media would print her comments, with uhs and ers accurately transcribed. (Anyone can be made to look like a moron by doing this.) Then there would be an avalanche of denunciations by experts from San Diego to Bangor, and a wave of editorials about irresponsible dumb politicians.

But ... Sarah Palin does not actually say dumb things that are easily proven wrong. (In the latest controversy, about Paul Revere, the media was forced to concede that Palin's claims were historically valid.) It is our elite, our Overclass, that is absurdly stupid when it wants to be.

This will end well.

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