In a letter to Edmund Penndleton in 1792, James Madison anticipated Barack Obama's fundamental transformation of America, correctly identifying it for what it really is:
If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress. Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.
The systematic violation of Constitutional limits on federal power is neither hope nor change, but rather the subversion of American law and a declaration of war on the individual citizen. To say,
as the President of the United States did of Congress, a little over a year ago that, "Where they won't act, I will," is to announce the seizure of legislative power and the brazen violation of his own oath of office. From unilaterally violating federal immigration law, to defying a court order to resume oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, to illegally taking upon himself the power to declare Congress in recess, to commanding private citizens to enter into contracts against their will, to reaching into federal welfare reform law and removing requirements he found objectionable, he has undertaken intrusions into the private lives of a free people that make George III look like an amateur.
His government prescribes the content of our food, and the size and type of plumbing in our toilets and showers. They dictate what we can and cannot do with a puddle of water on our property, and even presume to intrude into our healthcare and thus into matters of our life and death. They swallow up private businesses under the guise of helping them, and distribute the bounty to cronies and union bosses. They choose which industries to favor (solar) and which to disfavor (coal), with the predictable result being that both fail. All this and more will be yours, your children's and your grandchildren's, for the bargain basement price of a mere $16,000,000,000,000.00 (before interest), along with enough regulations to sink the Queen Mary.
And when I say "all this and more," I'm not just whistling Dixie or old Barbara Streisand songs. Because the National Federation of Independent Businesses estimates that there are over $515,000,000,000 in shiny new regulations waiting in the wings until after the election; regulations ranging from fresh assaults on the coal industry to Labor Department rules that will increase the cost of retirement planning, to Department of Transportation requirements for rear view cameras and airplane-style "black boxes" in cars and trucks. These are just estimates, of course, because the President is yet again violating federal law that requires him to submit his regulatory agenda to Congress. Even Bill Clinton had the sense to follow the law in this regard, but not Barack Obama, the most transparent president in history. Wouldn't want to spoil the surprise before the election now, would we?
And what do we get in return for the progressive's bloated, benighted, birdbrained, and buffoonish bureaucracy? Look no further than that great laboratory and breeding ground of American liberalism, the American Northeast, where millions have acquired a docility and servitude toward, and dependence upon, omnipotent government. For generations, they've reliably voted for the most paternalistic sounding politicians this side of the Kremlin and, now that disaster has struck, they learn that daddy government is a deadbeat. Those who thought it was someone else's responsibility to take care of them are now unable to take care of themselves.
People who mocked Mitt Romney for collecting canned goods and useful items when the Red Cross asked for money are now incredulous that the Red Cross hands out cookies and hot chocolate instead of real food and blankets. In the meantime, hurricane victims forage for food from dumpsters. People who can find no place to bathe or use the bathroom now relieve themselves in hallways. (Side Note: Welcome to the world of the trucker in the northeast, where facilities for semi drivers are rare, we are not allowed to idle our trucks to stay warm in the winter, and life on the road becomes an animalistic existence. Stinks, doesn't it?) Tempers are rising, as are the waiting lines for fuel.
For their part, liberal politicians promise to remove those government obstacles that slow or prohibit relief, thereby conceding the conservative argument for smaller government and begging the question of why those obstacles were there in the first place. The answer, of course, is that it keeps the politicians employed and the people dependent. But when it all unravels and the folly is exposed, it is the individual citizen who bears the brunt of the calamity, while the politician boards his aircraft and retreats into the sunset. The region's essential nature remains unchanged, however, as work crews from other parts of the country make the unenviable trek north to offer assistance only to be turned away because they are non-union workers. Anyone who votes for that sort of madness deserves what they get.
The question is, does the rest of the country deserve it? And what are we to make of a President who sees no moral prohibition against forcibly seizing whatever portion of an individual's property he views as necessary to finance his utopian projects; who routinely violates the law and yet expects the rest of us to abide by the volumes of laws and rules his leviathan administration hurls in our direction; who spends more time on the golf course than in intelligence briefings; who has taken more vacations in one term than many of us take in a lifetime; and who rails against "fat cats" while taking his family on lavish trips in separate jets at our expense? Are we actually to believe that he relates to us? What are we to make of a Commander-in-Chief who tells victims of the hurricane that we leave no one behind, when he very specifically abandoned Americans under terrorist attack in Benghazi and refuses to tell the truth about it? Answer: That he is perhaps the worst Commander-in-Chief in American history.
And how does Barack Obama answer? By playing adolescent word games with his opponent's last name, and describing such ideas as are contained in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as, "the failed policies of the past." Somewhere, a third rate banana republic is missing its dictator. Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the President Benny Johnson raises his party's dialogue by saying, "Let's win this mother [expletive]"; the reverend who gave the benediction at President Obama's inauguration reconsiders his position and decides that all white people are indeed going to hell; and Ambassador of Liberal Tolerance Bill Maher warns Americans that, "Black people know who you are and they will come after you." Thus do progressives who fashion themselves as the smartest in the room continue to vulgarize the discourse and debase the culture.
This election, certainly the most significant in our lifetime, is not about "revenge," as the President so boorishly announced, nor is it about moronic thugs holding their pants up long enough to threaten riots. It's about 9,000 coal mining jobs lost in the last month alone. It's about 48 million people on food stamps, and 23 million people unemployed. It's about a work force that is smaller now than when Barack Obama was inaugurated. It's about a 14.3 percent unemployment rate in the black community. It's about a new IRS requirement that will take effect in 2014, requiring all taxpayers, in the words of sworn testimony, to, "… file their tax returns reporting their health insurance coverage, and/or making a payment." It's about the evisceration of our national defense and, in the aftermath of the Benghazi attack, troops who no longer trust their Commander-in-Chief.
It is ultimately a referendum on us, and it's about what kind of country our children and grandchildren will inherit. It's about whether they will be free men and women -- freedom here being defined differently than the progressive's definition, which stipulates that one must be freed from want or fear through the dictates of centralized planners. History, however, shows that the only path to liberation from want or fear is the path of individual sovereignty. Those in the Northeast who chose the liberal path now go hungry, and cold, and fearful, while their government masters flail about, desperately seeking to free the private sector from the onerous rules and obstacles that they imposed.
We see now what the Founders knew over two centuries ago; that free people and free markets are the surest means to freedom from want and fear, and that centralized government control over a nation is the surest path to despair, want, fear, and servitude. It's about Liberty. It's about We the People, endowed with unalienable rights, being the masters of our lives and our government instead of the other way around. It's time to reclaim the American ideal.