“The present Democratic Administration has far exceeded our worst apprehensions … in its general and unvarying abuse of the power intrusted to it by a confiding people”
“That the people justly view with alarm the reckless extravagance which pervades every department of the Federal Government; that a return to rigid economy and accountability is indispensable to arrest the systematic plunder of the public treasury by favored partisans; while the recent startling developments of frauds and corruptions at the Federal metropolis, show that an entire change of administration is imperatively demanded”.
These two paragraphs could well serve as a reasonably concise evaluation of the current administration could they not? But actually they were a part of the Republican platform of 1860. Now that should be a definitive rebuttal to all who insist on maintaining that a study of history is irrelevant to our modern-day society. If nothing else, these complaints should be proof positive that the baser instincts of humanity recur with distressing regularity when applied to politics. And perhaps particularly in this, a mid-term election year.
At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, a lady asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy.” Franklin replied, “A republic . . . if you can keep it.” And so, to this day, a representative republic continues although it might not be recognizable as such to those who originally constructed it.
Republics, as do all political structures, remain subject to corruption by “factional forces” whose intent is to capture and use the power inherent in government to further their own selfish agenda. Such conniving will regularly appear at all levels of government, from the White House to the local town offices and is supposedly to be kept in check through the informed actions of the voting public – or at least that was the original intent.
Such a safety valve is of course an impediment for politicians who spend much of the time that should be devoted to solving the ongoing problems of the republic instead of diligently working to create ways to extend their privileged status. Power is arguably the greatest of aphrodisiacs and irresistible to members of our permanent political class.
One time-worn technique is to divide the public through awarding “benefits” to favored segments in order to create a dependency that will serve to ensure the votes of a portion of the citizenry through fear of loss. After all, “if the government has turned citizens into clients, how will the citizens then stand up to the government should it misbehave?” (Jay Cost, Weekly Standard, Feb. 24, 2014). In the 1880’s – 1890’s a Republican government began dispensing pensions to Civil War veterans, thus capturing the votes of those individuals. A more modern version encompasses such largesse as Obamacare and a multitude of other programs including unprecedented expansions of Medicare, SNAP and even free cell phones to the “needy”.
It has proven problematic to award political power on both federal and state levels to only one political party. A continual balancing act between executive and legislative bodies will provide the most efficient safety mechanism to prevent the domination of one party that leads to constriction of the freedom and individual rights that form the core of our society For that reason, it is seldom that we see one political party in complete charge for more than a few election cycles.
But the creation of dependency groups is designed to tip the scales – under the guise of “helping those in need”.
So far, we have managed to retain our republic despite dangerous flirtations with one-party rule. We have been recently told by Barack Obama, the titular head of the currently reigning party that “I can do whatever I want” in determining the policies that decide the future of the United States. This would-be dictator’s blatant disregard of the rule of law and America’s Constitution, clearly indicate his contempt for our nation and its citizens.
Hopefully that will sit as poorly with voters in the aggregate as it does with me and we will regain control of what we are losing to a rising dictatorship engineered by the liberal, progressive cabal that has usurped control of the Democratic Party. Balance is vital for the welfare of our country and that will not be obtained through the acts of the current administration.