Stutzman, Indiana’s Third District House Representative, has forgotten his Constitutional underpinnings – or he has chosen to simply ignore them. As he whines about the TeaPublicans needing some measure of “respect”, he thoroughly trounces the Constitution which he so passionately supports – or so he says.
The Congress – not the president – is responsible for establishing revenue sources and for appropriating and designating funds for the budget. The president sends a tentative budget to the House. The House sifts through it, makes changes, and then sends it to the Senate. The Senate marks it up as well, and the disagreements go to a conference committee where differences are resolved. When done, it is sent to the President for his approval or rejection.
John Dean, former Nixon cohort in crime, has over the years come to pretty much despise Republicans. He writes as an analyst for Verdict, which is a component of Justia, and he writes some very good pieces. Given my dislike of anything Nixon and pretty much all things Republican nowadays, I almost ignored reading an excellent piece he wrote for Justia about the use of extortion by the Republicans to get their way when they cannot do so legitimately.
According to Dean’s premises, the Republicans’ strategy is
(1) patently unconstitutional and unconscionable;
(2) in violation of the Congressional Oath of Office; and
(3) unethical and unseemly.
The United States Constitution establishes a government which was intended to function 24/7, 365 days a year. No where in the Constitution can be found a provision for shutting down the government because some individuals are unhappy. Laws are passed, and they take effect. Provisions are in place to change that through the legitimate process established in the Constitution – not by some irresponsible process found in the minds of TeaPublicans.
Stutzman took an Oath to uphold the Constitution and its laws and to faithfully discharge his duties, yet he conspired with other Republicans to violate that Oath by refusing to fund the government and to ignore his obligation to discharge his duties. Stutzman mouths the virtue of respect yet refuses to actually follow his own words.
Stutzman is a Cruz clone, and, in voting to shut down the government, he has decided that his own idea of Constitutional interpretation is superior to the actual words and intent of the Founders. His foot-in-mouth moment that has now become a “shot heard ’round the world” demonstrates his idea of respect: he wants respect for himself but won’t give it for the very government created by the Constitution, which he swore to uphold.