Obama meet the anti-Federalist papers

Just to make it clear that in Cambridge, Maryland on 2/14/14 Barack Obama signaled at a Democrats retreat signaled that: Yes he wants to work with Congress, but you know what, if it can’t do what I want when I want it, I’ll do it anyway. Now you think, that’s too exaggerated, he would never have say anything like. “As I said at the State of the Union, I want to work with Congress to make that happen, but I’m not going to wait, because there is to much to do. And America does not believe in standing still, America insists upon moving forward.” No, Barack Obama insists on moving forward, it is scary that the numbskull Democrats were applauding in the background, applauding a dictatorship. Does he think we have forgotten the campaign of 2008 and his criticism of George Bush who issued a lot of executive orders, and had a lot of czars to, and did a lot of arbitrary stuff to. Does he think we forgot Obama’s take on that sort of thing back in 2008? “The biggest problems that we are facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power in the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I am President of United States of America.”

Let me give you a moment to let that sink in!


Sunk in yet? Obama has expanded the arbitrary power of the executive branch of government beyond anything that we have ever contemplated in the past, short of an impeachment. He is not going to wait for Congress; he is going to do the right thing. America has to move forward- by his definition, everything he does is moving America forward. This is the quintessential despot, tyrant and dictator.

I’ve hesitated using this kind of language in the past although many in the Tea Party movement do, but it’s time to start using the plain simple English language description of what’s going on. Alternatively, we can revert to the language used in 1787, before the republic had schools, before our government was too big to control anymore, before there were liberals, back to the time of the debate over the Constitution itself. Most
everybody is aware of The Federalist papers; these were put together by the proponents of the new Constitution in 1788, which eventually did pass in 1789, after they adopted the Bill of Rights and the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.

But what about the Anti-Federalist papers; the people who said that even with the Bill of Rights you’re building a potential dictatorship. Little did they know that Obama would be whom they were writing about?

So let’s go back to the actual debate about the Constitution to bring up another point of view. The Anti-Federalists were opposed to the Constitution; they felt that it granted too much power to a central government and particularly to a president who was going to serve for four years and who was going to have control over the military. George Clinton, Governor of New York, was an adversary of the Constitution. He composed several letters under the nome de plume “CATO.”

Keep in mind as you read this that the vocabulary was from a time when this land of 13 colonies had rebelled against Great Britain. The populace was 94% farmers, with virtually no schools. They read extensively from the Bible and from a couple of popular books of philosophy. They prided themselves on their literacy, with very little formal education. “Cato” directs his paper to the mass of voters who are after all farmers, and is invoking a popular political philosopher in his first line.


“It is remarked by Montesquieu, in treating of republics, that in all magistracies, the greatness of the power must be compensated by the brevity of the duration, and that a longer time than a year would be dangerous. It is, therefore, obvious to the least intelligent mind to account why great power in the hands of a magistrate, and that power connected with considerable duration, may be dangerous to the liberties of a republic. The deposit of vast trusts in the hands of a single magistrate enables him in their exercise to create a numerous train of dependents. This tempts his ambition, which in a republican magistrate is also remarked, to be pernicious, and the duration of his office for any considerable time favors his views, gives him the means and time to perfect and execute his designs; he therefore fancies that he may be great and glorious by oppressing his fellow citizens, and raising himself to permanent grandeur on the ruins of his country. And here it may be necessary to compare the vast and important powers of the president, together with his continuance in office, with the foregoing doctrine-his eminent magisterial situation will attach many adherents to him, and he will be surrounded by expectants and courtiers. His power of nomination
and influence on all appointments; the strong posts in each state comprised within his superintendence, and garrisoned by troops under his direction; his control over the army, militia, and navy; the unrestrained power of granting pardons for treason, which may be used to screen from punishment those whom he had secretly instigated to commit the crime, and thereby prevent a discovery of his own guilt; his duration in office for four years-these, and various other principles evidently prove the truth of the position, that if the president is possessed of ambition, he has power and time sufficient to ruin his country.”

“Cato’s” concern is that if a president was to be ambitious, he could ruin a country within just four years of power, despite the checks and balances built into the system. Money and power corrupts always was their belief.

“Though the president, during the sitting of the legislature, is assisted by the senate, yet he is without a constitutional council in their recess. He will therefore be unsupported by proper information and advice, and will generally be directed by minions and favorites, or a council of state will grow out of the principal officers of the great departments, the most dangerous council in a free country.”

Then he talks about Washington, DC back when there was no Washington, DC; “The 10 mile square which is to become the seat of government, will of course be the place of residence for the president and the great officers of state. The same observations of a great man will apply to the court of a president, possessing the powers of a monarch that is observed as that of a monarch, ambition with idleness, baseness with pride, the thirst of riches without labor, aversion to truth, flattery, treason, perfidy, violation of engagements, contempt of civil duties, hope from the magistrate weakness, but above all the perpetual ridicule of virtue. These are the characteristics by which courts in all ages have been distinguished.”

1787 the people criticizing the constitution but they believe it will eventually set up a situation in which the president will gain power and ruin the country.

“The language and the manners of this court will be what distinguishes them from the rest of the community, not what assimilates them to it; and in being remarked for a behavior that shows they are not meanly born, and in adulation to people of fortune and power.”


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