James Madison vs. Obama

This picture from Obama’s inauguration ceremony at the White House on Sunday should elicit a sense of tragic irony. An irony that I presume is lost on this president.

The former “constitutional scholar” turned imperial president, with the help of precedents set by previous administrations – especially Bush 43 – should go back and study what the “Father of the Constitution” said about the dangers of expanding presidential power.

In our history we have seen a steady and constant erosion in the balance of power between the branches of government. It has turned away from “ambition must be made to counteract ambition” and morphed into a collusion by the power-hungry politicians to centralize authority into the hands of few. Congress has forfeited and delegated their war powers to the “Commander-in-Chief” along with an ideology of presidential power that is completely contrary to the spirit and original meaning of the Constitution. This irony is completely lost on conservatives who claim to believe in the original intent of the Constitution, yet are the biggest proponents of the ideology of the imperial presidency.

As for the judicial branch, is it any wonder as to why they fail to keep the federal government within the confines of constitutionally limited powers? Wait a second, doesn’t the president get to pick who ‘interprets’ the powers that he possesses? So the federal government gets to decide how much power it has, and we’re surprised when they find these new and vast reservoirs of authority? Constitutional flaw #1,000,000….

Back to what Madison said:

“The Constitution supposes what the history of all governments demonstrates that the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war and most prone to it. It has accordingly, with studied care, vested the question of war in the legislature.

In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the executive magistrate. Constant apprehension of war, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force with an overgrown executive will not long be safe companions to liberty…”

We cannot possibly have limited government when we have a massive warfare state with an empire of bases all around the globe, spending trillions of dollars and more than every other nation combined on endless perpetual war. And you wonder why our liberties are eroding?

End the empire and tear down the Warfare State. Then we can work on ending the Welfare State and re-establish a constitutionally limited Republic.


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