Why The Founding Fathers Would Want Obama's Plans to Fail


May 17, 2008
From the DCE article

James Madison was not specifically contemplating Barack Obama, or Nancy Pelosi, when he wrote Federalist No. 63. But reading the document — one of the seminal arguments in favor of adopting the U.S. Constitution — it’s clear Madison knew their type. And he knew they would come along again and again in American history, if Americans were lucky enough to have a long history.

Obama and Pelosi, along with their most ardent supporters, are the types to see a crisis, like our current economic mess, as a “great opportunity,†as the president put it last Saturday. They are the types, after a long period out of power, to attempt to use that “great opportunity†to push through far-reaching changes in national policy that had only a tangential connection, if at all, to the crisis at hand. And they are the types the Founding Fathers wanted to stop.

In the Federalist Papers, written 221 years ago, Madison addressed the need for a Senate to accompany the more populist House of Representatives. An upper body, he wrote, “may be sometimes necessary as a defense to the people against their own temporary errors and delusions.â€

For the times when a political leader would attempt to capitalize on those errors and delusions, the Founders prescribed the Senate, with its members elected to terms three times the length of those in the House, originally chosen not by the people but by the state legislatures. From Federalist 63:

“There are particular moments in public affairs when the people, stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn. In these critical moments, how salutary will be the interference of some temperate and respectable body of citizens, in order to check the misguided career, and to suspend the blow meditated by the people against themselves, until reason, justice, and truth can regain their authority over the public mind?â€

Now is the time for the salutary interference of temperate and respectable citizens, otherwise known as the 41 Republicans in the United States Senate. It is their job to help the president in areas where there is widespread agreement that he should be helped, and hold the line on everything else.

President Obama, his chief of staff, and Hillary Clinton have all now come out and said straight out that they want to use this economic crisis as an "opportunity" to fulfill a wishlist of liberal programs and to remake America into something it isn't. It's not the platform they ran on. It is not what people voted for. But they are doing it because they believe that Obama is popular enough that the people will swallow anything as long as he attaches the words "economic crisis to it."

I think it should be clear to all by now that this president sees economic recovery as a secondary goal to radically changing America. With a war on business, on the free market, on the independence of the American people, Obama is seeking nothing less than a transformation of the United States into something more like a European social democracy than any vision or imagined state our founders thought about so many years ago.

Just because they can do it, they are doing it. A sad reason to throw what America has been out the window.
The crap that comes out of the White House and the Democrats in Congress is enough to make me throw up. I just hope for my children's sake that the damage can be reversed.
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The crap that comes out of the White House and the Democrats in Congress is enough to make me throw up.
Yup, that pretty much sums it up for me as well.