James Comey's Reason to Vote Democrat Is Actually a Reason to Vote Republican
Former FBI Director James Comey — a lifelong Republican — urged Americans to vote for Democrats this November, echoing other #NeverTrump Republicans in abandoning conservatism just to flout the president. Ironically, his reasoning fits better for supporting Republicans than Democrats.
"The Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders' design that 'Ambition must ... counteract ambition,'" Comey tweeted. "All who believe in this country's values must vote for Democrats this fall."
Comey tweeted this at a time when not only progressivism (the ideology that encourages a bureaucratic state unaccountable to the people) but outright socialism (a supercharged big government version of that ideology) holds sway in the Democratic Party.
If Comey were truly interested in "ambition counteracting ambition," he would encourage years of more effective Republican rule, because only Republicans have shown the spine to begin dismantling the unaccountable bureaucracies that represent the greatest threat to the founders' vision.
On Monday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sent a chilling blow to the unaccountable bureaucracy. That court struck down one alphabet soup agency — the FHFA — as unconstitutional because it violated the separation of powers. The FHFA is an administrative agency, but it was not accountable to the head of the administration, the president of the United States. The 5th Circuit defended the Constitution and restored sanity to the operation of government.
Similarly, President Donald Trump has been slashing regulations and ordering his administration to pare back the excesses of the administrative state. Furthermore, on the very day Comey told Republicans to vote Democrat, Republicans in the House of Representatives passed the JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018, a law that would vastly benefit entrepreneurs.
When James Madison wrote that "ambition must be made to counteract ambition" in Federalist 51, he was not addressing the different parties in Congress — the founders firmly opposed modern parties, what they would call "factions." Instead, he was addressing the separation of powers between the Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court.
"Faction" has dominated American politics for nearly 200 years — with only a few respites. The separation of powers, however, has fallen on hard times. The current bureaucratic administrative state consists of dozens of alphabet soup agencies that effectively make laws, with very little oversight from Congress and rather tepid oversight from the president.
If the costs of federal regulation flowed down to U.S. households, they would cost the average American family $14,809 in a hidden regulatory tax — that's $14,809 on top of Social Security, income tax, and estate tax.