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The President Is A King

September 27, 2012 by  

After years of bristling under the rule of a monarchy, Americans were loath to create another. Antifederalist Philadelphiensis warned that the U.S. Constitution was creating an executive with even more power than a king.

In Antifederalist 74 he wrote: “[T]hat the President is a King to all intents and purposes, and at the same time one of the most dangerous kind too — an elective King, the commander in chief of a standing army, etc. And to those add, that he has a negative power over the proceedings of both branches of the legislature. And to complete his uncontrolled sway, he is neither restrained nor assisted by a privy council, which is a novelty in government. I challenge the politicians of the whole continent to find in any period of history a monarch more absolute.”

Now we have perpetual war, a growing Homeland Security apparatus that has compiled enough ammunition to shoot every American five times over and a President who ignores Congress and rules by executive order. It seems Philadelphiensis had it right.


Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Vicki

    Discusses both kings and presidents and balance of power.

  • Vigilant

    Background, from

    “One set of Anti-Federalist essays appeared under the name of Philadelphiensis⎯identified (exposed, his critics would have said) as Benjamin Workman, a mathematics instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and a recent Irish immigrant. His twelve fevered essays appeared over five months in two Philadelphia newspapers, during and after the state ratifying convention. They condemned the proposed constitution as a device to consolidate power among the “well-born” elite and relegate other citizens to the status of serfs and slaves, a prevalent Anti-Federalist warning.”

    • Robin Donald DeVallon

      if we had continued on that path we would not have the mess we are in now… unfortuntely some goofniks knew better and having much more shekles.. upset my living…. Donah..//

  • Vigilant

    Given the highly charged character of Philadelphiensis’ writings, I think it can be safely assumed that he preferred the more “Libertarian” Articles of Confederation to the Federalist nature of the Constitution.

    The Constitution addressed the woeful shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation. It recognized the necessity of shoring up the power of the Federal government, while at the same time ensuring that the promises of the Revolution would not be lost. Thus, while it gave more power to the centralized authorities, it also sought to preserve and balance that power through guarantee of individual freedoms. The Bill of Rights demanded by the Anti-Federalists, along with the checks and balances of a bicameral legislature and independent Supreme Court, served to allay the fears of many that an “imperial presidency” would come to pass.

    The first presidents, men who had sacrificed and given their all to the revolutionary cause, were very circumspect in their use of the power of the office. Washington, especially, was keenly aware that every action he took was a precedent. In stepping down after only two terms, when he could have remained president for life, he established a tradition of term-limited citizen president that remained effective until violated by FDR.

    Adams, who acquiesced in Hamilton’s creation of a standing army to address the possibility of war with France, wasted no time in disbanding that army when the threat was resolved. The people made him a one-term president by rejecting the Alien & Sedition Acts, which were speedily repealed when Jefferson took office.

    Philadelphiensis’ predictions of an “emperor” presidency did not come true until the 20th century. It was by no means the fault of the Constitution that this happened; in fact it was quite the opposite. It was when the people through the agency of Progressive influences began to disregard the Constitution as the Law of the Land.

  • Vigilant

    Philadelphiensis II. November 28, 1787:

    “I say even in some measure our eternal happiness is concerned [because the idea that] a good or a bad government naturally influences religion and morality is a principle indisputably confirmed by fact. Under a free and patriotic government, the bulk of the people will necessarily be virtuous, but under a tyrannical and unjust one, the greater part of the people will as necessarily be wicked. The complexion of the governing is ever the color of the governed.”

    I think he put the cart before the horse with that comment. I submit that just the opposite is fact, i.e., that the complexion of the governed is ever the color of the governing.

    Franklin realized this, as did the other Founders who understood that a departure from Christian values would ultimately render the Constitution a mere piece of paper.

    The story goes that, on the closing day of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, “a lady asked Dr. Franklin, ‘Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy?’ ‘A republic,’ replied the Doctor, ‘if you can keep it.’”

    This story is the most eloquent assertion of the necessity of a free people to foster moral and civic-minded thoughts and actions as a prerequisite for maintaining their new government.

    I think Franklin was correct and Philadelphiensis was confused.

    • JCfromDC


    • http://yahoo gator

      very good Vigilant; lets hope we can keep it.

    • AZ-Ike

      In the 18th century, colonial Americans had known only the power of monarchies (and oligarchies), so it was established that “…good or a bad government naturally influences religion and morality…”

      But Philadelphiensis was correct in stating the reverse was true. With the establishment of the new Federal Republic’s government by ‘consent of the people,’ ‘the governed’ were now given the power to control government. Consequently, if the people rejected religion and moral behavior, the government would reflect it by virtue of the representatives they elected to serve them and “the complexion of the governing (becomes) ever the color of the governed.” Benjamin Franklin also said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

      And, of course, that has been true in 20th century America, culminating with the election of a constitutionally ineligible dictator, who, with the consent of the elected Members of Congress and the activist Courts, has ignored the Constitution and become the people’s master. John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

      With the aid of American media and Soviet Communists’ disinformation, the people have been manipulated into condoning attacks on Christianity and into accepting immorality as normal behavior. Whether or not we believe that the people were manipulated by the educated ‘elites’ who subscribed to the writings of Karl Marx, the denial of religious obligation and the acceptance of immorality resulted in the people continually electing and re-electing career politicians who seized immorality as a road to wealth and power. The people elect their masters—and the masters behave according to their wishes.

  • Honestly

    This has been part of Obama’s plan all along….wake-up America!!!!

    • http://yahoo gator

      we have allways risen to the challenge, be it internal or external, we will prevail.

  • AZ-Ike

    “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
    —Thomas Jefferson

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  • Glen

    You also could live like a king if you had unlimited funds like our king, $5&1/2 BILLION last year. go Obama

  • vietnamvet1971

    The present president “Oblowhard” has taken advantage and is Definitely to “Powerful” acting like a King or Little Dictator. What a poor excuse for a president, he must get his talking points from “The Queens on the View” bunch of Cluckless Hens. They are so Stupid they make the Chickens look Inept. I like Chickens better.

  • Feargy852

    If you truly wish to know where the real power lye’s and who it is that really controls America then please look at the attached link !! Ok it is primarily concerned with the 9/11 events, however listen and watch out for the under riding factors and you hopefully will learn who is pulling the strings in your Nation. I would suggest that all concerned American citizens should look at this video in the hope that it will open your eyes !!

  • michael a. bimonte

    Bob you are so right, in the last 30 years especially, this congress has ceded power that the president was never intended by the Framers to have, and in doing so, has drastically upset the balance of power among the three branches of government.


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