Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.: “Time to declare Congress in rebellion”

Posted by: Phineas on October 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Because they’re acting like seceding states, or something.

Really, this isn’t parody; the idiot really said it.

Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that congressional opposition to the American Jobs Act is akin to the Confederate “states in rebellion.”

Jackson called for full government employment of the 15 million unemployed and said that Obama should “declare a national emergency” and take “extra-constitutional” action “administratively” — without the approval of Congress — to tackle unemployment.

“I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means, based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion in the past,” Jackson said. “He’s looking administratively for ways to advance the causes of the American people, because this Congress is completely dysfunctional.”

“President Obama tends to idealize — and rightfully so — Abraham Lincoln, who looked at states in rebellion and he made a judgment that the government of the United States, while the states are in rebellion, still had an obligation to function,” Jackson told TheDC at his Capitol Hill office on Wednesday.

“On several occasions now, we’ve seen … the Congress is in rebellion, determined, as Abraham Lincoln said, to wreck or ruin at all costs. I believe … in the direct hiring of 15 million unemployed Americans at $40,000 a head, some more than $40,000, some less than $40,000 — that’s a $600 billion stimulus. It could be a five-year program. For another $104 billion, we bailout all of the states … for another $100 billion, we bailout all of the cities,” he said.

There are so many levels of mind-boggling stupidity in this that I don’t know where to begin. “Congress in rebellion?” Um, excuse me, Congressman Jackson, but Congress is a coequal branch of the government and not subservient to a monarch. Under the Constitution (Article 1, Section 1. Try reading it.) it is Congress that has sole law-making power and that includes refusing to pass bills it doesn’t like — including another guaranteed-to-fail Jobs Bill Stimulus Porkulus program.

“Extra-constitutional action?” Seriously? You’re suggesting that the president become a dictator and appropriate money himself, bypassing Congress and Article I? Congressman, let me remind you of your oath:

“I, [Jesse Jackson, Jr.], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

Of course, that oath is mandated by Article VI, so I guess it’s irrelevant since you want to suspend the Constitution.

And let’s not even dwell on the odious insult and historical illiteracy inherent in comparing legitimate legislative opposition to secessionists seeking to defend slavery. Don’t bother with economic nonsense that makes up this clown’s “program.” (Bryan Preston points out the huge flaws in the latter.)

No, what really jumps out is that this jackass (and son of an even bigger jackass) is yet another example of anti-democratic Democrats, such as North Carolina’s Governor Bev Perdue, who suggested calling off the next congressional elections. (Click through for even more examples.)

This is the fundamental contradiction that lies at the heart of the progressive elites who dominate the Democratic Party (and their Big Labor and MSM allies): for all their lip service to the Constitution, our founding principles, and the “American Way,” they really don’t like democracy. As historian Steven Hayward wrote recently when talking about liberal anti-democrats:

At the core of “Progressivism,” as it was called then and is again today, was the view that more and more of the business of individuals and society was best supervised by expert administrators sealed off from the transient pressures of popular politics. So at the same time that Progressives championed “more democracy” in the form of populist initiatives, referendum, and recalls, they also developed a theory deeply anti-democratic in its implications. As the famous phrase from Saint-Simon had it, “the government of men is to be replaced by the administration of things.” But this undermines the very basis of democratic self-rule. No one better typifies the incoherence of Progressivism on this point than Woodrow Wilson, an enthusiastic theorist of the modern administrative state who couldn’t clearly express why we would still need to have elections in the future. In Wilson’s mind, elections would become an expression of some kind of watery, Rousseauian general will, but certainly not change specific policies or the nature of administrative government.

And now that popular democracy has gotten in their way, Democratic leaders yearn for “administrative experts” — bureaucratic dictators.

Glenn Reynolds thinks Jackson should resign over this. Resign, hell. “Representative” Jesse Jackson, Jr., should be brought before the House and expelled for violating his oath.

There is a deep, deep, political sickness at the top of the Democratic Party, and it’s up to us to make sure they never have the reins of power again until it’s cured.

LINK: the YidWithLid and I think alike.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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15 Responses to “Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.: “Time to declare Congress in rebellion””


  1. Chris Bennett says:

    Isn’t that treason? What’s the penalty for treason these days? Still capital?

  2. Noelegy says:

    So what’s the take-away from this? That if you don’t get the result you want, cheat?

  3. Drew says:

    IL has more than its fair share of idiot politicians. In fact, one, under complete air cover from the media, got elected President.

  4. Tim Barnes says:

    If I’m understanding this, and I’ve never understood anything from a Jackson yet, if the jobs bill were passed, 15 million unemployed would suddenly receive gov’t guaranteed jobs at an average of 40k per year? Isn’t that above the median income now? Is there a country in the world with a higher number of people employed by it’s gov’t? I also don’t understand why everything that goes against the dems wishes is racist.

  5. TexasMom2012 says:

    Wow, he really drank the koolaid. The democrats really hate the Constitution because it prevents them from exercising complete control. They only like elections when they win otherwise they loathe elections and think voters are ignorant and vote against their own self interest. They also seem to believe that they are smarter than everyone else. I would love to see the SAT scores of all the members of Congress. I am positive that this hick Texas gal had a higher score (1320 of 1600) than 90% of Congress at a minimum. Because most of them to not seem to have any aptitude for learning…

  6. jb says:

    the whole democratic party was in rebellion when they passed obamacare.lets put them in jail and make jackson clean up the parks that are occupied by anarchists.

  7. DINORightMarie says:

    Isn’t JJJ one of those who left the chamber while the US Constitution was being read aloud at the beginning of this House session? Because it didn’t reflect his “values” or its historic meaning to “his people” or something? Oath!? Just words. To JJJ.

    This is just par for the course for these liberal fascists. They are dropping too many hints, lately. I begin to think they have this in mind, in actual fact. Van Jones and his “American Autumn” and his seditious talk; Gov. Bev of NC and her comment; even Obama’s comments that he has told his “advisers” (read czars) to find ways to implement things without Congress involved.

    Yeah, they are lawless, and need to be held to account. But, with Weepy Boehner leading the House, and Dirty Harry Reid in charge of the Senate, that won’t be happening soon.

    x( x( >:p

  8. Brontefan says:

    I heard the clip played on Glenn Beck radio show this morning en route to work… My first questions is where did this guy go to college? It is the possibly the stupidest solution to the economic woes I’ve heard. I was wondering if I left planet earth and landed in the Twilight Zone; where’s Rod Serling?

  9. Jackson Jr. is laying the groundwork for what the Left’s narrative is going to be. They want to dissolve Congress. This is where they take the masks ALL the way OFF. It’s on, folks. They don’t plan on there BEING an election in 2012!

  10. TexasDoc says:

    Jesse, go live in Zimbabwe or another country that thinks like you do.

  11. parentofed says:

    When you have an emotionally immature but politically radical president, his followers will inevitably act like children.

    The scary parts about this? He was calm when he said this, not lashing out in passion. Worse, this fits with Obama’s never-abandoned plans to have a civilian army with powers to equal the military. Obama’s never been held accountable for those words.

  12. Tex says:

    Hey, isn’t this the same Jesse Jackson Jr. who allegedly tried to buy Obama’s old Senate seat from professional scum bag Illinois Governor Blagojevich for 1.5 million bucks? How did Jackson manage to weasel out of a jail term for that? Let me guess, he plead “I’m from the hood and misunderstood” before some Liberal judge.

    Still, people like Jackson and their comments are priceless when it comes to motivating voters to choose Tea Party or Republican in 2012. You gotta be thankful for that.

  13. Carlos says:

    Junior doesn’t make any more sense than daddy. My guess is he’ll take over the family “racist-victim” business after daddy retires with his ill-got, blood-tinged millions.

  14. The only way that this country will ever get back on track, is if the next admininstration takes EVERY SINGLE ONE of these verminous little creeps and prosecutes EVERY SINGLE FRAUD they’ve perpetrated on the public.

    The filthy animals have to be shown consequences, or this parade of outrageous dishonesty will never end, and ever since Clinton got off the impeachment hook for lying to a grand jury, the animals who HAVE no morals or character have certainly seen the opportunity afforded by “moralistic relativism.”

    The chickens….have come home…….to roost. (*grimaces*)

  15. Jim McDonald says:

    This is the problem with allowing goverment officials to use ebonics. Some one most likley told him he and the black caucus were revolting…