A Vision of Despotism – How the US Went from Liberty to Obama

We conservatives love to complain about Obama – that he’s a lawless president, he’s despotic – that we’ve never seen anyone like him. How did he ever get elected?

Well, yesterday on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh read excerpts from a commentor of one of his brother David’s latest articles, “Democrats, the Constitution and the Rule of Law”.

She, the commentor, describes the gist of his article: “… an entire political party and liberal media that grossly under-appreciated our unique constitutional system of government and are so blinded by their ideological goal, that they have no problem virtually conspiring with this lawless president and trampling the Constitution and the rule of law to serve his and their ends.”

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You’re welcome to read Rush’s take on it here.

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Here’s mine, and it ties into a segment that Mark Levin discussed the night prior.

It’s Monday, September 17, 1787 – the last day of the Constitutional Convention and Ben Franklin had a colleague read his parting remarks.

Within those remarks was this:

“… I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but that may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”

See, virtually everything that has gone wrong in this country was foretold by the founders. They weren’t soothsayers – they couldn’t see the future. They were great students of history, which always repeats itself, and more. They were gifted students of human nature, which, throughout history, has never changed.

But to simply blame Obama, the current media, or a political party is a copout. Obama is just the last of a long line of anti-constitutionalists, from approaching two centuries ago.

Take, for example, a man, any man. He starts a company from scratch – builds it up from nothing into something great. He is rightly proud of his accomplishment, of all the hard work and his vision for its success.

He has a son who comes to work for him and his dream is to pass the company to the son. The son progresses through the ranks and becomes the president of his father’s company. He has his own ideas, but faithfully and honorably follows his dad’s vision.

The story ends, as does the company, with the passing of the father. Now that “dad” is out of the way, he naturally thinks his vision for the company is superior and steers it in another direction and to its eventual demise.

It happens all the time. And that’s what happened to our great Republic.

Our country flipped from one of Divine Providence under the watchful eyes of the founders, to one of Manifest Destiny around the time of Andrew Jackson, which roughly coincides with the passing of the last founding fathers.

With “Dad” out of the way, our nation’s leaders were now “free” to pursue a different vision, one that Franklin foretold.

So why has it taken so long? After all, “Dad” died centuries ago.

Well, each generation must be born into a nation that is just a little less anchored to our founding principles.

Neither Woodrow Wilson nor Franklin Roosevelt was completely successful because there were still enough citizens that grew up without all the safety nets and regulations. The citizenry of that era could still recall a time of American “rugged individualism.”

Over the years – from generation to generation, that has been “bred” out of a lot of us. We know nothing of a time without welfare, food stamps, Social Security, unemployment insurance, and massive government rules and regulations.

And that’s how we ended up with Obama. He is merely the culmination of almost two centuries of the “son” running the company.

To them, it’s not radical ideology or despotism. It’s merely the “son’s” vs. the “father’s” vision.

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