Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced legislation to make 21 the
new federal minimum age for purchasing any tobacco product.
.@Senatemajldr: “Today I’m introducing
federal legislation to make 21 the new minimum age for purchasing any tobacco
product anywhere in the United States.” pic.twitter.com/qQ86llfUsS
(@cspan) May 20, 2019
This is a terrible
For one, McConnell’s
legislation is probably unconstitutional and a violation of the Tenth
Amendment, since legislation regarding anything not explicit in the Bill of
Rights is, by definition, a state or local issue. This bill would fly directly
in the face of basic federalism.
However, putting this
obvious issue aside for a moment, our country is going through a plethora of
issues which seem to only be getting worse.
Healthcare costs are still rising astronomically due to ObamaCare.
Despite McConnell appearing at CPAC in 2013 promising to
rip it out “root and branch,” the law is still here for the time being. When
the Republicans finally held both houses of Congress and the Presidency,
McConnell suddenly disappeared. President Trump has done much of what he could
through regulation and repealing the individual mandate of ObamaCare, but
McConnell has been in the shadows for the last two years, performing one the
biggest betrayals in politics since President
George HW Bush’s “read my lips” pledge. And just a month and a half
ago, McConnell informed President Trump that the Senate
would not move forward with any attempts to repeal the law.
Another is the
unprecedented immigration crisis. Our southern border is being invaded, getting
worse by the day with no signs of a slowdown. Of course, Trump could, and
should, be doing more with the powers of the executive branch, as Daniel
Horowitz of Conservative Review notes here. But Trump is doing much of what he could
unilaterally, such as declaring a national emergency and enacting a policy to
keep asylum-seekers in Mexico, for example.
Trump is also correct
when he says that if Congress would fix the
asylum loopholes, end chain migration and end the idea of catch and release,
the immigration crisis would dry up “within fifteen minutes.” Yet the leader of
the party in the Senate refuses to bring a bill to the floor addressing these
issues or the issue of lawless sanctuary cities. McConnell is nowhere to be
found when it counts.
To add insult to
injury, when asked about Trump’s proposed strategy for dealing with the border
crisis last week, McConnell answered as tepidly as possible:
New — McConnell is noncommittal on Trump’s
immigration plan pic.twitter.com/iBl8eFKgdu
— Seung Min Kim
(@seungminkim) May 16, 2019
But McConnell, the de
facto leader of the party in Congress, can find time for an unconstitutional
bill no one asked for.
The Cocaine Mitch
memes can be fun, of course, but we as conservatives need to realize that Mitch
McConnell is anything but our ally. He is neither a conservative nor a good
leader. If he were, these problems, along with many others, would be much
closer to being solved, if not completely gone.
Instead, we have an
unprincipled virtue-signaler as the Senate Majority Leader. McConnell schedules
a vote on the Green New Deal, knowing that it’s just a dumb stunt to trick
voters into thinking he’s owning the Left, but can’t find time to actually help
secure the country he swore to defend when he took his oath of office. And a
bill to raise the smoking age is just another example of that.
McConnell and his ilk need to be replaced with conservatives, or the Republican Senate is worth very little to the future of conservatism.
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