Can Someone Teach Brian Kilmeade What Checks and Balances Are?
“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” — George Washington’s Farewell Address to the Nation, September 17, 1976
Our Founding Fathers crafted a system of government that demanded checks and balances on even the most powerful.
But you wouldn’t know it last week if you watched FOX News host Brian Kilmeade interview U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett (TN-R-02).
Maybe you knew it, but Kilmeade didn’t.
Burchett was one of the eight GOP House members who voted to oust Kevin McCarthy as House speaker.
Kilmeade was incensed.
Kilmeade seemed more concerned about how McCarthy’s ouster would affect the GOP’s best interests than it would the nation’s.
Burchett told Kilmeade he represents the people of the Second District of Tennessee, NOT the people in Congress. Burchett’s constituents resent the fact that the feds take in $5 trillion in taxpayer money….but spend $7 trillion.
Burchett blasted McCarthy for failed leadership. He reminded Kilmeade that this year’s defense bill had $30 billion more for the Pentagon…which has never passed an audit.
Kilmeade, clearly missing all of Burchett’s relevant points, asked the congressman why he think he’s smarter than U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH-04) and the other 200 Republican House members who voted to retain McCarthy.
Burchett responded with this:
“I represent my district, brother. And why are you smarter than me? You’re condemning me because I stand up on my own and that’s what I do.”
I like Brian Kilmeade. I have interviewed Brian Kilmeade in person. He was kind, generous and gracious. But last week he behaved like an obnoxious, elitist a$$.
Burchett missed a major win by not flat-out telling Kilmeade our government has a system of checks and balances. Just because someone holds an elevated position over you doesn’t mean he or she is smarter or wiser than you. And…wait for it….that’s why we need checks and balances.
If more people in Washington, D.C. honored and cherished that kind of system then we wouldn’t have $33 trillion in debt. We’d probably have a better and more cohesive country overall.
Nation comes before party.
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