The Collapse of Order

I’ve mentioned before that I’m re-reading Gibbon. One of things that I keep returning to is how the respect for order eroded amongst the ruling classes of Rome. Once the elites lost respect for the laws and customs it was just a matter of time before the whole thing collapsed. The allowances made for ambitious men and the exceptions made for the sake of expediency eventually gutted the rationale for the Republic.

It’s not just that some men saw the laws and customs as obstacles to circumvent. Those people are always a part of the ruling class. What you have to have, to maintain order, is a willingness to hold them to the law and punish them for their transgressions. That’s what is clear from Marius forward. The ruling elite could no longer police itself and respect for the laws and customs of the Republican collapsed.

Anyway, take a look at this story from the Lunatic Times.

The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.

To sidestep that requirement, President Obama’s climate negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions. The deal is likely to face strong objections from Republicans on Capitol Hill and from poor countries around the world, but negotiators say it may be the only realistic path.

“If you want a deal that includes all the major emitters, including the U.S., you cannot realistically pursue a legally binding treaty at this time,” said Paul Bledsoe, a top climate change official in the Clinton administration who works closely with the Obama White House on international climate change policy.

Just look at the casual disregard for the fundamental tenets of the Constitution. You cannot have a republic if the President can willy-nilly sign treaties with other countries. A treaty binds the people of one nation to those of another. Only the people can consent to this. We do that through our chosen representatives in the legislature. What these people are doing is a direct assault on the foundations of the Republic.

If we had a healthy ruling class, Obama would be swinging from a tree branch by now.

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6 years ago

Kinda’ depends on the “respect” for agreements made at what the “big idea”, and the progressively deteriorating “credential” requirements, of who is given a vote, in what the UN has become doesn’t it?
Let me know when (ie)DP plates, and passports, are no longer deemed “Get out of jail free” cards for serial abusers.

james wilson
james wilson
6 years ago

It’s not the trashing of the Constitution that bothers me. That was already a done deal. It is this bizarre race to the bottom, riding a chimera, to a place where even the winners lose that bothers me.