The Imperial Rule-Maker In Chief
July 15, 2012 Leave a comment
“Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks–no form of government can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea, if there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them.” –James Madison
Houston, we have a problem.
A majority of Americans, lacking in virtue, short on common sense, without a sufficient appreciation of American Exceptionalism, and far too eager to be liked than to act rationally, did little due diligence 3-1/2 years ago, and elected by far the most imperial and imperious President of modern times.
Anyone who doubts that liberty “is never more than one generation away from extinction” need only peruse the latest middle-index finger hoisted by the White House in the direction of Congress, the Constitution, and the American people:
Today, the Obama Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive rewriting the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the federal work requirements that were the foundation of the reform law. The Obama directive bludgeons the letter and intent of the actual reform legislation.
I urge you to read the entire Heritage Foundation blog post here.
Mickey Kaus at The Daily Caller fleshes out the details:
Perhaps Obama is invoking the long-lost “we can’t wait” clause to enact a change that would never pass a democratically elected Congress–in this case not because Congress is “gridlocked” and and “dysfunctional” and “partisan” but because relaxing work requirements has never been popular with voters, even during less partisan and gridlocked times, even in the swingin’ 60s (also not in the 30s, the 40s, the 50s, the 70s, the 80s, the 90s and the 00s).
As with the Heritage piece, the entire Kaus article is well worth the read.
What does this have to do with a virtuous electorate?
An electorate lacking in virtue will demand what pleases them, without reference to those Constitutional restraints specifically designed (and purchased and maintained with the blood of patriots) to prevent such imperial overreach by the Executive.
And here we are.
It can happen here. It already has.
Far from being “the ones we’ve been waiting for,” these are the ones that the Founders feared, and took great pains to guard against.