Ageless Wisdom Of The Founders
One of the oldest plays politicians pull out of their playbook is class warfare. President Barack Obama campaigned on it, as did George W. Bush before him and Bill Clinton before him. It’s a despicable way of pitting one group against another and drawing attention away from important issues and onto ancillary and unimportant ones.
In Embematical Representations, Ben Franklin wrote:
Where did the Founding Fathers come up with the term “natural-born citizen” that they used in the qualifications for President?
The term comes from The Law of Nations by Emerich de Vattel in 1758.
The Founders, all very learned and scholarly men, referenced many works as they deliberated on exactly what the Constitution should say: those of John Locke and Sir William Blackstone among them. But their ideas on citizenship obviously came from Vattel.
It’s doubtful President Barack Obama has read much written by the Founding Fathers. If he did, he’s forgotten it, because his idea of government is a far cry from what the Founders envisioned.
Obama is the ultimate crony capitalist. He uses government to reward his friends and campaign contributors. According to his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, he hopes to continue that trend. He said: “It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising.”
As we approach the beginning of another New Year, it’s common practice for many of us to make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, we often break them before the first day of the New Year is done.
Instead of making one you know will be impossible to keep, how about this one from Benjamin Franklin?
Americans United for Separation of Church and State likes to use costly litigation and intentional disinformation to cow school districts into abandoning the recognition of religious holidays that for 200 years were staples of American classrooms. One example is the organization’s recent complaint about the inclusion of the song, “Silent Night” in a Christmas program at G.W. Trenholm School in Alabama.
The Continental Congress issued the first American Thanksgiving proclamation on Nov. 1, 1777. Here is the text of that proclamation: “Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God;
The imperial Presidency and its enabling Congress have long subverted the Constitution: the imperial President through executive orders and the appointment of czars that impose regulation through unConstitutional government agencies, the enabling Congress by legislating in matters that are not enumerated and by ceding its duties under Article I, Section 1, which says: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
During his campaign for President in 2000, George W. Bush said he would be judicious in his use of the military and opposed using it for nation building. Yet by the end of his Presidency, the U.S. had invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and was rebuilding those countries; and the military was being used in a number of other countries that had not attacked us.
After a Labor Day weekend that saw at least 57 people shot in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg — the founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns — was calling on the Federal government “to step up” and pass tough gun laws.
With the signing of the debt-ceiling deal reached by a Congress that sold out its Tea Party supporters, President Barack Obama has accelerated the United States along its path to economic ruin.