The answer of who’s to blame for the government shutdown is easy if you know the Constitution and the facts. It’s hard if you are unfamiliar with the Constitution and aren’t getting the facts. Knowledge of the Constitution is almost non-existent since it’s not taught in most schools. Nancy Pelosi doesn’t know the difference between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Here are her comments from a speech she gave last month at a meeting of the Center for American Progress:
“Imagine the courage it took for those women to go to Seneca Falls and do what they did there, to even leave home without their husband’s permission, or father’s, or whoever it was. To go to Seneca Falls, and to paraphrase what our founders said in the Constitution of the United States: they said the truths that are self-evident, that every man and woman, that men and women were created equal and that we must go forward in recognition of that.”
It’s the Declaration of Independence that references self-evident truths: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Not to get off track, but those rights are said to be an endowment by the “Creator,” not the State. Furthermore, there is no mention of women.
The facts about the government shutdown are hard to come by because the mainstream media don’t often report the facts when that reporting will do damage to the liberal establishment.
So who is responsible for the government shutdown in terms of the Constitution and the facts? Thomas Sowell tells us:
“Even when it comes to something as basic, and apparently as simple and straightforward, as the question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans.
“There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going — except for ObamaCare.
“This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the congressional record.
“As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that congressmen there have a right to decide whether they want to spend money on a particular government activity.”
There you have it. The Constitution and the facts are clear. But for many (most?) people, the facts are not the issue. It’s the protection of an ideology for a sinister purpose that motivates today’s politicians, scientists (think Global Warming), economists (think “Quantitative Easing”), educators (think Common Core), and ethicists (think normalizing aberrant sexual behavior and abortion).