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219-Year-Old Warning to the 112th Congress

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!
~Eowyn

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What James Madison Would Say to Obama


Obama tries to foment a race war on illegal immigration, while speaking to Hispanics on the Spanish-language television network Univision, October 25, 2010:

Well, here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to see how well we do in this election. And I think a lot of it is going to depend on whether we still have some support, not only from Democrats but some Republicans. …if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, “We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.” If they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder. And that’s why I think it is so important that people focus on voting on November 2.


James Madison, a Founding Father and the 4th President of the United States (1809–1817); principal author of the US Constitution, often called the “Father of the Constitution”; in 1788, he wrote over a third of the Federalist Papers, the most influential commentary on the Constitution:

“It may be considered as an objection inherent in the principle, that as every appeal to the people would carry an implication of some defect in the government, frequent appeals would in great measure deprive the government of that veneration which time bestows on every thing, and without which perhaps the wisest and freest governments would not possess the requisite stability.”
-Federalist No. 49, 1788

VOTE ON NOVEMBER 2!
Vote as if you life depends on it.
It does.
~Eowyn

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Some Words Of Wisdom About Our Government

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Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?
Will RogersRichard LammJames Russell LowellJorge Luis BorgesH. L. MenckenSydney J. HarrisJohn Kenneth Galbraith
Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.
Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
P. J. O’RourkeJonathan SwiftP. J. O’RourkeFred WoodworthGeorge WashingtonThomas PaineWilliam E. GladstoneAlexander WoollcottPaul HarveyFred WoodworthJames MadisonSaint AugustineThomas Jefferson

For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home.
I’m tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn’t work. Of course it doesn’t work. We are supposed to work it.
If ‘pro’ is the opposite of ‘con’ what is the opposite of ‘progress’?
If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also.
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
~Steve~                                       H/T         brainyquote
 

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