In the Middle of the Rubicon

We are all familiar with the idiom. Crossing the Rubicon means to pass a point of no return and refers to Julius Caesar’s army’s crossing of the river in 49 BC.

I strive mightily to avoid using melodramatic hyperbole though the temptation to do so rears its seductive head almost daily. Lord knows the regime’s antics over the last five years made me shake my head in disgust and frustration. However, I’ve refrained from figuratively throwing my hands in the air and calling for all hands to abandon ship.

And, I’ll not do that in this commentary, but I suggest crew members slip into their life vests and locate the nearest lifeboat.

The bottom line first: the Republic cannot survive institutionalized lawlessness that is fostered and sanctioned by the administration and ineffectually opposed by Republicans.

The IRS scandal simmers; new, troubling misdeeds emerge daily. And other federal agencies’ misbehavior bubbles up from the cesspool on the Potomac. The huge iceberg of political corruption buried deep in the bowels of the federal bureaucracy remains largely undiscovered; decades will pass before we learn just how insidious it is…should we ever.

The politicians and bureaucrats do their time-honored soft shoe. The big shots deny any wrongdoing…”It was all a mistake. A few lowly worker bees at the bottom of the organizational chart ran off the plantation and did something stupid. By God, we’ll get to the bottom of it.”

All the while they obfuscate, stall and ignore lawful requests for information.

Conventional wisdom dictates their tactics won’t work…it never has so say the pundits. They tell us the cover up is always worse than the original sin, and the strategy of telling lies today to cover up those told yesterday eventually collapses under its own weight. After all that’s what happened to Nixon, didn’t it?

But does conventional wisdom hold up in unconventional times?

The Obama administration has shifted the paradigm. It hasn’t changed the rules of the game; it’s created a brand new game. The Republicans thrash about, throwing yellow penalty flags here and there, and are puzzled when those guilty of the fouls pay no attention.

Deadlines for submitting information are ignored. Congressional investigative bodies are lied to. Arrogant and unconcerned bureaucrats walk out of hearings. The president’s spokesman overtly lies to the media…day after day after day.

The Republicans dig deeply into their rule book in search of an explanation; there is none to be found because the other team is playing a new game with a different rule book.

Obama’s team knows it has a five-year head start playing the new game. Progressive ideologues permeate the federal bureaucracy, and they clearly understand their marching orders. They snicker at the floundering Republicans and gleefully forge ahead, transforming the federal government’s regulatory, law enforcement and revenue collection apparatuses into nothing more than tools to silence and eliminate political opposition.

Republicans continue to throw penalty flags, and the administration continues to ignore them. The GOP huffs and puffs and threatens this and that. The administration laughs at them.

Back to the Rubicon; we’re in the middle of the river…our Republic creeps toward tyranny. The far bank represents a progressive victory, the never-to-be-reversed triumph of a political ruling class, the end of representative government as we knew it.

The bank from which we departed fades from sight and memory. Republicans claiming a desire to return seem incapable of leading us back…they’re too busy playing an obsolete game that became extinct five years ago.

Author Bio:

graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Rodney authored “Leading Your Business to the Next Level,” a non-fiction business book in 2005. “Powers Not Delegated” is Rodney’s first foray into fiction; the book meshes his knowledge of history, business and current events to produce a relevant and plausible tale of domestic and international intrigue. Additionally, Rodney writes political commentary on his own blog and for other nationally known blogs/websites. Rodney lives in Atlanta. His passions include hiking, photography, history, reading, and, of course, University of Georgia football.
  • Reality Based in California

    Your point is very apt; the Republican establishment has absolutely no idea what is going on; after all, the Dems are still attending cocktail parties and hob- nobbing as before. But they are ,as duplicitous as the charming Nazi’s in 1933–they pretend that they are just people with a different point of view. But that is not the game being played by the Dems, any more than it was the game being played by the Nazis. Make no mistake, the left wing is in this game to win for keeps, and until those opposed to them realize that this is not politics as usual, they will have no hope of success.

  • Bill

    The problem is that laws that only apply to politicians have no penalties when ignored. There is also no personal penalty for ignoring the Constitution so all that may happen is years down the road it gets overturned. There is also no penalty for slowing everything down e.g. the IRS scandal, approving drilling leases, unending FBI investigations.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Actually your a little late. The Rubicon was crossed years ago. Your still trying to barricade the front door while Rome has already been occupied by the back door. Unhappily the only likely solution will be revolution! (I know I know hyperbole) But just check the facts. But how about a story first. Joseph tells Pharaoh there will be 7 fat years followed by 7 lean. Pharaoh stores grain during the fat then SELLS IT during the lean. When it was over Pharaoh OWNED Egypt. Rather than a depression (in 08,09) Bernanke got stocks back to all time highs. Pharaoh (metaphorically speaking) has never been in a better position. (or richer) But the people that’s another story. If you add the Federal debt to State and Municipal debt, America now owes some (according to the folks who count these numbers)200 trillion dollars (that’s $500,000 per man, woman and child) Now to be clear here, all Government debt really is, is UNCOLLECTED taxes. The left has long known, the key to implementing socialism in a democratic republic, is to create dependency, not on a small scale but a massive scale. All in all they seemed to have pulled it off. With media complicity the clock can’t be turned back, only slowed down. The solution? I think I covered that already.

  • Wheels55

    If Republicans want to win back America, they need to fully embrace the First Amendment and everything the Freedom of the Press suggests. Clearly the main-stream media only gets excited when they are personally stepped on. The GOP needs to get on their side.