As long time readers of this blog know, I have nothing but contempt for Ron Paul (R.Pluto), the former member of Congress, or as I like to refer to him, Doctor Delusional. However, my attitude towards his son, Senator Rand Paul (R. Ky.), is completely different. I have long thought he is clever, and now I think he has a streak of true political genius in him. Springboarding off public outrage over the devious means by which Congress, with the connivance of the Obama administration, has gotten around ObamaCare applying to either members of Congress or their staff, Rand Paul has proposed this amendment to the Constitution:
‘Section 1. Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress.
‘Section 2. Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to the executive branch of Government, including the President, Vice President, ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and all other officers of the United States, including those provided for under this Constitution and by law, and inferior officers to the President established by law.
‘Section 3. Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to judges of the Supreme Court of the United States, including the Chief Justice, and judges of such inferior courts as Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.
‘Section 4. Nothing in this article shall preempt any specific provision of this Constitution.’
It is a good idea both in substance and for politics. In substance, because there is a short one word description for laws that apply to the ruled and not to the rulers: tyranny. As to politics, no one should underestimate the dissatisfaction of the public with government, especially with the accurate perception that we have two standards in this country today: one for the politically connected and one for those who lack such connections. Well played Senator Paul, well played indeed. All conservatives should make this amendment a rallying issue both in 2014 and 2016.