Rep. Joe Walsh won’t be the only congressman skipping President Obama’s job-creation address Thursday night. According Fox News, Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia also plan to stand up the president.
DeMint, a founding member of the Tea Party movement and a man who would have accused Generalissimo Franco of compromising with the left, declared he is “sick and tired of speeches.”
Broun is the congressman who suspected Obama’s call for a national service corps was actually a plot to create a Fifth Column, loyal only to the president, that would overthrow the government and establish a Marxist dictatorship.
“Dr. Broun will not be attending President Obama’s joint address, but he looks forward to hearing the president’s proposal for job creation,” Broun spokeswoman Meredith Griffanti said. “Dr. Broun will instead watch the speech from his office where he will host a live town hall via Twitter to interact with his constituents.”
Broun did the same during the State of the Union address, tweeting “Mr. President, you don’t believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism.”
The Constitution, as we’ve pointed out, gives the president the duty and the authority to make the speeches Walsh, DeMint and Broun are refusing to attend. According to Article II, Section 3, the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses.”
Tea Partiers love the Constitution so deeply they’re willing to defy it in order to defend it. They answer to a higher law than the Constitution: the Intent of the Founding Fathers, which can only be understood by people who could have been Founding Fathers themselves: property-owning white men over age of 21. That’s why it’s OK for them to ignore President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Because the Constitution wasn’t written by people like them.
The website Down With Tyranny! offers this interesting analysis of the Tea Party’s game plan:
A couple of years ago, a Republican committee staff director told me candidly (and proudly) what the method was to all this obstruction and disruption. Should Republicans succeed in obstructing the Senate from doing its job, it would further lower Congress's generic favorability rating among the American people. By sabotaging the reputation of an institution of government, the party that is programmatically against government would come out the relative winner.