219-Year-Old Warning to the 112th Congress

Thu, 06 Jan 2011 11:42:00 +0000


The Imperial Presidency is a term that became popular in the 1960s and was the title of a 1973 volume by historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. to describe the modern presidency of the United States. The term refers to the institution of the presidency having become so expansive, exceeding the constitutional limits, that it is out of control.

But we don’t just have an imperial presidency; we also have an Imperial Congress.

As the 112th Congress begins, its members — and the American people who elected them — should heed these prescient words of Founding Father James Madison 219 years ago:

If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” –James Madison, letter to Edmund Pendleton, 1792

And these equally prescient and sobering 223-year-old words of Thomas Jefferson:

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to E. Carrington, 1788

H/t Patriot Post.

But liberal Washington Post writer Ezra Klein and his ilk would have you think that just because certain words — Madison’s, Jefferson’s, the US Constitution — are old, they are ipso facto obsolete and irrelevant to our times.

How stupid.

Our Founders were a remarkable group of men (yes, they were males…and white!) who were learned, startlingly intelligent, clear-eyed and wise about human nature. They designed a government with that human nature in mind. Human nature doesn’t change, which is why the Founders’ words of warning and the Constitution they crafted remain timeless and relevant.

More than stupid, Klein and his ilk are black sorcerers intent on misleading and befogging our minds. Beware!


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