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Criminal Penalties for Politicians Who Violate the Constitution

By Robert Ringer - Thursday, May 31, 2012

The posturing on whether or not to extend the “Bush tax cuts” continues in Congress, with vote-addicted politicians pretending as though the outcome is of life-or-death importance.  It is, in fact, nothing more than a political sideshow intended to distract voters.

The phrase “Bush tax cuts” implies that whatever taxes people were paying before they were reduced under George Bush is the magical baseline for taxation.  Not so.  The real baseline for taxation is zero, because zero is where we began at our founding.  A true baseline is where something starts, not some arbitrary number that is decided upon down the road.

It’s time to cut the nonsense.  What ending the “Bush tax cuts” really means is raising taxes.  The criminal left, strictly for show, says it wants to extend tax cuts for everyone but those making over $250,000 — or $1 million, depending on whom you’re listening to at any given time.

On the other hand, the timid right wants to keep taxes at today’s levels (i.e., “extend the Bush tax cuts”), which does nothing to address the real problem:  immoral, suicidal, out-of-control spending that has bankrupted America and is about to make Greece’s economy look like Hong Kong’s by comparison.

No matter who controls the White House, the Senate, or the House, spending will continue to increase — faster if Democrats are in control and maybe a bit slower if Republicans are in control.  But continue to rise it will.  That’s a 100 percent guarantee — no equivocation.

Now, here’s a perplexing question that no one has been able to answer for me:  If the Democrats consider every spending cut to be draconian — and they do — how in the world were people managing to stay alive ten years ago when the entire budget was just over $1.8 trillion (compared to today’s budget of more than $3.8 trillion)?

Since neither side is serious about cutting back on spending, won’t our budget soon balloon to $5 trillion … then $10 trillion … and beyond?  If politicians have their way, yes, it will.  But reality is catching up with them.  The only way they can continue to increase spending indefinitely is by printing so much money that runaway inflation will set in.

As you approach 100 percent taxation on producers, not only is there no more income to tax, the economy collapses.  And borrowing will cease to be an option when lenders finally realize there is no hope they will ever be repaid.

Put simply, we’ve passed the tipping point.  The American Empire is hanging by its toes over a financial cliff — the same cliff that took down empires in Spain, Britain, Portugal, and Rome.  The only way the U.S. can avoid a total economic collapse is by returning to 2001 spending levels — starting early in 2013 if Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress and the White House — then begin cutting back from that level of spending every year until all unconstitutional expenditures are completely eliminated from the budget. 

But, as I said, spending will continue to rise no matter who is in control of the political process.  Those who put their faith in a changing of the political guard have not learned the lessons of history.

The focus of those who believe in liberty should be on building a new and better America from the ashes of the one that was destroyed by millions of folks who figured out they could vote themselves benefits paid for by their neighbors — a new America where individual liberty is given a higher priority than all other objectives.  Meaning an America where redistribution of wealth is strictly prohibited.

I hope I’m around to take part in the rebuilding process.  If so, I’d love to head up a committee to write a new constitution based on America’s original Constitution.

The original was perhaps the greatest document ever written, but it’s been clear for quite some time that because of the base side of human nature, it needs some serious tweaking.  And the tweak I would fight hardest to make would be to mandate harsh criminal penalties for politicians who violate the Constitution.

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36 Responses to “Criminal Penalties for Politicians Who Violate the Constitution”

  1. Dennis says:

    Sign me up for the committee!

  2. Lawrence says:


  3. topeka says:


    great column… Weltschmerz…

    Did you catch V.D. Hanson's column on why Culture Matters?

    That's a good column – Victor applied observation against eggheaded theories and came up with the idea that a duck is a duck. Wow!

    But I am not trying to be sarcastic – at Victor – It takes guts to tell the truth these days. It's applicable to the predicament faced on taxes.

    One of the truths we face – two Americas: One an "Entitlement Culture" and the Other a "Traditional Culture." Greece vs. Germany if you will. The New America vs. Truth, Justice and the American Way.

    The former outnumbers the latter and they will have their way at any cost. The latter is on its death bed. Demographically that's literal; Granny is too old to flip burgers much less start a hedge fund. Hugo can flip burgers, but welfare fraud and a few lawns pays better than many professions.

    Meanwhile, back at the plantation: We're preparing to try electing someone who likely believes Endless Fiat Money is an Entitlement to the "gods" who Run Central Banking.

    And they're moving the pieces to form a line to quell the resistance.

    We're gonna need more guys…

  4. Tex Norton says:

    I realize it was a rhetorical question, Robert, but the answer to your question: "how in the world were people managing to stay alive ten years ago when the entire budget was just over $1.8 trillion" but the answer is – many more folks were still willing to take responsibility for their own actions and support. As you opined, the folks really caught on to gaming the system in the last decade. Perish the thought that any politician would now dare tell them that is morally wrong. How would a politician even know whether or not ANYTHING was morally wrong? The fault, Dear Brutus, lies not in the stars but in ourselves. Once again, this nonsense will not stop until the present system has completely collapsed. Maybe then people of good will can re-write the rules of civilization. If you're on that committee, PLEASE follow the Articles of Confederation rather than the Constitution. Better yet, follow the path identified in Civilization

  5. Wisdom says:

    I've been screaming that for years! "Ordinary" citizens have to pay for their mistakes – why not those we vote into office and who habitually go back on their "promises". My Amen to your dream of a rebuilt America and a Committee.

  6. wayne leathers says:

    To be accountable or not to be accountable?

    That is the question?

    Robert you have tried to educate but if we, me #1, continue to not force these liars to be accountable to the people, we will continue get what we deserve.

    Thanks for your efforts!

    Now let me see what I can do to help.

  7. Smucko says:

    Mr Ringer, good luck on that "harsh penalties for politicians". We lost "swift and sure punishment" for all crimes decades ago.

    I agree that we are heading economically for the ashes, even if we do all of the cutting that you correctly propose. We can either have a deflationary depression (no jobs), inflationary (higher prices outrace wages), or stagflation (both no jobs and higher prices). The key is how our populace responds to the coming depression.

    Here is my recommendation for the American People:

    * Ron Paul has to start a new party with the slogan "Its your freedom, Stupid", gets elected, and guides us thru the steps below;

    * People have to understand that the past 100 years or so of our Mardi Gras has ended, Fat Tuesday is over, and Ash Wednesday is here and how long Lent will last will depend on what we do next;

    *Here is how we get over our Hangover:

    1) Suffer physically, mentally, financially;

    2) Repent, and promise That It Will Never Happen Again;

    3)Decide which jobs Americans can compete for globally;

    4) Develop Strategies (lower expectations of future std of living, retraining, think and act like a survivalist) and Discipline that accomplish your goals;

    5) Protect yourself from govt thugs and roving bands as "police presence" means a drone over your backyard instead of a policeman on your street.

    Remember that McGruff the Crime Dog is not your friend, but befriend your local officials, since you will need them as things unfold.

    6) Live like The Waltons

    • Gill O’Teen says:

      Smucko, I have nothing against the elder Dr. Paul, but he lost the RINO nomination battle. So his alternatives now are to go third party and siphon votes away from rum-knee assuring us one Kenyan king to rule us all or support the RINOcrat nominee. There are some who now think that he's angling to get the younger Dr. Paul in position to occupy the White House in 2017 or 2021. If rum-knee fails then it will be a chance to rebuild the destroyed RINOcrat party into on that would make The Founders proud.

      That said I have a problem with this articles title. I think it should be "(De)Capital Punishment for Politicians Who Violate the Constitution"

      My preferred method is not a simple lopping off the head. No, I recommend suspending these traitors over a large industrial wood chipper by a strong chain and lowering them into the chopper at the rate of 1 centimeter an hour until they have been thoroughly mulched. Might even raise enough cash to pay off the National debt by selling tickets.

    • reunion says:

      sovereign immunity…foundation of every usurping state/gov there ever was.

  8. john bear says:

    Aesops wrote: We hang the petty thieves, the grand ones we appoint to public office.

  9. texas wolfie says:

    The Asians are not going to be pleased when we default on our T-Bills.The only way we can possibly pay them is to dust off the old 10,000 dollar press dies and print up a couple box car loads of fresh printed paper and walk away.The backlash short of a war would probably be to concede Taiwan, South Korea, and probably a couple Islands to the Chinese to placate their anger.They won't take kindly to our stiffing them.

  10. BLH557 says:

    Just read an article on Human Events by Pat Buchanan (sorry, I don't have the link) about the question Ann Romney asked her husband before he decided to run for President, again: "Can it be fixed?", of course, meaning the economic mess we're in. I think that is the cogent and sobering question we have to ask ourselves; Can it be fixed? Really.

    I don't think the answer lies in who we have for President, even though I agree that the present one will assuredly lead us down the primrose path to destruction; or even which party is in power, ditto. I think it lies within the American people and us alone. If WE THE PEOPLE don't get our own acts together and DEMAND our legislators, all of them, do the same, we have no one but ourselves to blame.

    If I remember correctly, the Constitution begins; "We the people"… I think it needs to end there as well.

  11. Common Sense says:

    Like I said before, everything grows to maturity, levels off, and dies, including any new society that springs from the ashes of this country.

    • GrayCat says:

      The flaw in your argument is taking for granted that there will be one cohesive "society" springing from the ashes of this "country."

      Rather, freedom dictates that people will voluntarily gravitate to those like them culturally and philosophically, fragmenting the monolith that "government"/the state depend on.

      With individual independent communities, no single government/"society" can dominate, and therefore there is nothing to "level off and die."

      Freedom really can be perpetual, as long as freedom is valued more than envy and power over others.

      That is the goal, that is the possibility.

      But if, as you seem to be, "we" insist on re-establishing a "kinder, gentler" government/state, yes, we definitely are doomed to perpetually, ever more violently, repeat history.

      We don't NEED a government/state. No human being is qualified or has the right to rule other human beings. That is the crux of the matter.

      This is true "common sense."

      And it is the ONLY equitable political philosophy worthy of humanity.

    • reunion says:

      and amerikans have capitulated to be as weeds rather than redwoods…..

  12. Hal says:

    >>> “And the tweak I would fight hardest to make would be to mandate harsh criminal penalties for politicians who violate the Constitution.” … WHY WAIT!!!… a Maxim in law says: Things REPUGNANT to the Constitution are NULL & VOID on their face. NOTHING IS MORE REPUGNANT to the U.S. Constitution than, 12 USC § 95(b) as amended [12 USCS Sec. 95a] which state, in part:

    “The actions, regulations, rules, licenses, orders and proclamations heretofore or hereafter taken, promulgated, made, or issued by the President of the United States or the Secretary of the Treasury since March the 4th, 1933, pursuant to the authority conferred by Subsection (b) of Section 5 of the Act of October 6th, 1917, as amended [12 USCS Sec. 95(a)], are hereby approved and confirmed.” (Mar. 9, 1933, c.1, Title I, Sec.1, 48 Stat.1.) [emphasis added]

    Please give particular attention to these Black’s Law Dictionary definitions of those terms printed in blue, above:

    ACTIONS- Conduct; behavior; something done; the condition of acting; an act or series of acts.

    REGULATIONS- The act of regulating [To fix, establish, or control;... govern or direct according to rule]; a rule or order prescribed for management or government; Rule of [from] order prescribed by … competent [sufficient] authority [“the President or Secretary of the Treasury” per the Act of March 9th, 1933!] relating to action of those under its control.


    • Hal says:

      RULES- … Precept attaching a definite detailed legal consequence to a definite detailed state of facts. [This is Statutory law, We are presently Adhesion contracted to live under vs. U.S. Code, Part I!]

      LICENSES- The permission by competent [sufficient--as per Act of Congress] authority to do an act which, without such permission, would be illegal, a trespass, or a tort.

      ORDERS- A mandate; precept; command or direction authoritatively given [as by Act of Congress]; rule or regulation.

      PROCLAMATIONS- The act of publicly proclaiming or publishing; a formal declaration [an Executive Order]; an avowal. [hereafter … March 4th, 1933!]

      TAKEN- To lay hold of; to gain or receive into possession; to seize; to deprive one of the use or possession of; to assume ownership.

      PROMULGATED- To publish; to announce officially; to make public as important or obligatory.

      MADE. Filed. Produced … artificially. To have required or compelled. Executed.

      ISSUED- v. To send forth; to emit; to promulgate, as, an officer [the President, as Commander in Chief, under Martial law!] issues orders, … To put into circulation; as the treasury issues notes.

      APPROVED- To be satisfied with; to confirm, ratify, sanction, or consent to some act or thing done by another (!)

      CONFIRMED- To complete or establish that which was imperfect or uncertain; to ratify what has been done without authority or insufficiently (!)

      [Black’s Law Dictionary, 5th Ed. comment & emphasis added.]


      • Hal says:

        Demand that EVERY CANDIDATE FOR SENATOR & REPRESENTATIVE TAKE an OATH TO REPEAL 12 USC § 95(b) as amended [12 USCS Sec. 95a]!!!!

        God Speed,

        YoOle Me

  13. GrayCat says:

    Uh, why do we need "legislators" to begin with? Why do we need another "Constitution"? Why do we NEED over-arching governments of other people to rule over us?

    If you think someone else is qualified to and should make decisions for you, you will get the rulers you "elect": those human beings who also think they are more qualified than you to make decisions for you. Stop complaining, then.

    We have millions of "laws." Our legislators are there for one single purpose, as far as "we the people" are concerned: to MAKE MORE LAWS. Stop complaining, then.

    How many "laws" do we really NEED other than do no murder or coercion; do no theft; do no fraud? All other "laws" breed worse and more malevolent mutations of those basic, necessary laws. Stop complaining, then.

    You REALLY believe you can't do without them?! Stop complaining, then.

    What kind of a society needs a constitution and bill of rights to tell them what rights they have?

    What kind of a society believes others are more qualified than they are to make their decisions for them?

    A society of envious redistributionists. Look in the mirror and stop complaining, then.

    Without taxes, there would be nothing but a most basic government (if that), that could do nothing but protect our rights.

    We have a choice. We can stop feeding the beast that is devouring us. Without taxes, the beast will starve. Its life starts in your pocket.

    To think we can "tame" that beast is why we're being devoured.

    Bon Appetite!

    • Erato says:

      Captain Shotover: What then is to be done? Are we to be kept forever in the mud by these hogs for whom the universe is nothing but a machine for greasing their bristles and filling their snouts? … We must win powers of life and death over them both. I refuse to die until I have invented the means.

      Hector: Who are we that we should judge them?

      Shotover: Who are they, that they should judge us? Yet they do, unhesitatingly. There is an enmity between our seed and their seed. They know it and act on it, strangling our souls. They believe in themselves. When we believe in ourselves, we shall kill them…

      Hector: They are too stupid to use their powers

      Shotover: Do not deceive yourself; they do use it. We kill the better half of ourselves every day to propitiate them. The knowledge that these people are there to render all our aspirations barren prevents us having the aspirations…

      -George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House, Act I

  14. Pedro says:

    Words have been changed to justify the foolishness. The word regular meant to allow free flow of…. not regulate as it was changed to. Washington saw majority tyranny in the Articles of Confederation so he resigned as military head and took that power and became President placing the power in" We the People" ala the Constitution.

  15. Phil says:

    Greycat is right on about the following observation (except that it is only a minor flaw in a larger logically sound argument): The flaw in your argument is taking for granted that there will be one cohesive “society” springing from the ashes of this “country.”

    Rather, freedom dictates that people will voluntarily gravitate to those like them culturally and philosophically, fragmenting the monolith that “government”/the state depend on.

    We are moving to Texas when we return to the USA from overseas (which is in itself a painful decision to have to make), based largely on the premise that there remains something of a freedom culture in that state.

    I would rather die free and without a surfeit of material possessions than a slave to either the govt. or monies taken by force from my neighbors. If such a choice is indeed presented to us.

    As an aside, I cannot stress enough how vile American culture appears from an overseas perspective. Absolutely pathetic.

  16. Erato says:

    I couldn't agree with you more, GrayCat, but it's not about need… nobody needs laws and legislators and government… it's not even about belief… worse, it's about want: the majority of people want those things, they even want taxes.

    • GrayCat says:

      I agree; but if you ask most people, they will demonstrate they know no difference between "need" and "want." The object is envy (want), employed in the name of "equality" (need) — which is, for them, what the government exists for.

      That's why I pose the argument in the way I do.

      I confess I am really at a loss to communicate the most simple message of freedom and honest, mutual respect for others to most people I encounter. The brainwashing is, for all intents and purposes, flawless and complete. It is beyond most people to imagine life without rulers; their particular gravy train would jump the tracks.

      They ask me questions directly bearing on issues such as taxation, wars, abortion and same-sex marriage (whatever's the hot button or is negatively touching them personally at the moment), and you can gently lead them through counter-questions to elicit their own true beliefs about these things, and they will completely (I begin to believe, deliberately — they do know) "miss" the points, beg that it's "too complicated" or "too hard to understand," and if you give them documentation, they promise to maybe look at it, if they have time — which they have for the other things of "importance" in their lives — many of equal or greater "complication."

      It's one way to find out who your true friends or trustworthy neighbors are.

      There aren't many.

      • Erato says:

        You pose it eloquently, GrayCat. My experience has been similar and I share your frustration. No, there aren't many who are true or trustworthy. I've read several articles that said people are born into their political identities and that conversions are rare. If that's the case (and it seems like it is), it doesn't leave much hope for the liberty minded.

        • GrayCat says:

          Yet giving up hope is not an option.

          At least not for me — and I would imagine for any freedom lover.

          If we are truly "born into" our political identities, then we need to make sure the only thing anyone can ever be "born into" is freedom.

          We ARE making a start at it, you and me and other freedom lovers. And this nightmare state is actually helping more people see, and convert!

          If TPTB think that they will ever have a thoroughly domestic remnant population, they are fooling themselves. There are limits to what human sheep will tolerate, and they're being reached.

          I do hope.

          • reunion says:

            ah, but is it a case of giving up hope or escaping arkansas? lol

            what's that line from hotel california?

            "Welcome to the Hotel California

            Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)

            Such a lovely face

            They livin' it up at the Hotel California

            What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)

            Bring your alibis

            Mirrors on the ceiling,

            The pink champagne on ice

            And she said "We are all just prisoners here, of our own device"

            And in the master's chambers,

            They gathered for the feast

            They stab it with their steely knives,

            But they just can't kill the beast

          • Erato says:

            “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!” said the head. For a moment or two the forest and all the other dimly appreciated places echoed with the parody of laughter. “You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are what they are?” -Lord of the Flies, 'Lord of the Flies'

          • reunion says:

            "Maybe there is a beast … maybe it's only us." ~ lotf

            one ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingies. hello. is this the party to whom i am speaking?

            would have been great if that was ruth bzzzzzy, but it was lily tomlin (still great).


  17. Erato says:

    You're much more of an optimist than I, lol…

  18. reunion says:

    “because zero is where we began at our founding.”

    not so. as I recall, taxation trebled after ‘the founding’ (and continued to ascend, from there…). how much of an increase in theft would it take for some here to correctly characterize this “sacred” coup d’etat as “the screwing”? the universe is described as finite, but unbounded (like the surface of a sphere is finite but has no edge…); a much more apprehend-able bit of the universe is that many brains are finite & unhinged….

    “which does nothing to address the real problem:  immoral, suicidal, out-of-control spending that has bankrupted america and is about to make greece’s economy look like hong kong’s by comparison.”

    direct taxation is the funding fly on the pachyderm’s posterior. central banks, fictional money (fiat ‘currency’), “pays” for most of the “spending“ (rapine). as in the thought experiment i’ve posed re elections/voting (“what if nobody voted? what would change, in terms of tptb & their machinations?”), substitute, “what if, magic wand, nobody paid any taxes? what would change?” nothing would change – until all the seed-corn was gone, or nearly so (gone where? into the pockets of tptb, the bankers…these sociopath parasites have been “rolling up” the economy (us) in earnest, since 1913 (but began working on the project before even the “sacred declaration” of ’the people’s’ inestimable stature (closely estimated to the penny, in fact…).

    • reunion says:

      fake money redounds positively to the counterfeiters, who are first in line. for everyone else in queue, fake money is the ultimate example of ’tragedy of the commons’ (if this is still unfamiliar, google it). essentially, toc sets up a race to grab as much as can be grabbed, before it’s all gone. & it will all be gone, at some point, because there is no private property interest, respected & protected by law (as opposed legality), concerned with husbandry, sustainability, dividends, growth, estate/posterity, etc. get that hot “money” – & spend it – before it goes cold. nobody (i.e., the state / central gov) owns most of new mexico, & so it burns…that’s toc, too.

      amusing invocation of greece, cradle of profligacy (aka, democracy), & decidedly non-democratic hong kong, where it is evidently known not to fool with the king kong monkey….

      the con-situation was the trojan horse that brought the plunderers inside the perimeter. when rome does finally burn to the ground, rebuilding that hollow wooden talisman could only be a monument to delusional, co-dependent, stockholm syndrome & ptsd. but the piggy’s gotta’ have their conchs, the golums gotta’ have their prettys (and their saurons, too). and the monotonous beat goes on.

  19. ray says:

    It`s imposible to to prosecute politicians for not supporting the constitution. They have the backing of their political party, the support of their city, county, state Bar Asociations and all their campaign contributors. They are mighty and too big to fail and they admit it witihout care.

  20. James says:

    Wouldn't all you super intellects have all the answers if only wishing made it so. Dipping the criminal class (we call them politicians) in the wood chipper is the only idea I've seen in any of these comments that has any real hope of success. If only wishing made it so…..

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