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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Time for a return to the consent of the governed

While no fan of the Obama Regime (you’d already guessed that I know) I must say the ineptness, incompetence and corruption of the Obama Administration are the gift that just keeps on giving for a columnist.

From the revelation by J. Christian Adams that the Department of Justice is selectively enforcing the voting rights act, based on whether or not the alleged victims are black or white, to the administration’s refusal to enforce federal immigration law to the botched response to the BP oil spill, it would be amusing from the standpoint of a writer if it were all not so sad, and the consequences not so deadly to America.

This country was founded on the idea that no one, no single individual, had the right to tell another man how to live his life so long as he harmed no one else.

The idea that no government had the right to infringe upon natural god-given rights. That all government was by the consent of the governed, even despotic systems, and that the governed had the right to throw off a tyrant.

That idea, the consent of the governed, is a powerful one — and one the current administration doesn’t seem to understand.

We have in this nation a long history of respecting academics and academe.

The founders, and more particularly the framers of the constitution, it may be noted were such a group. Highly educated, intelligent men, with a firm grounding in what today would be called “the liberal arts.”

So to, are the group surrounding the president. Highly educated, most with advanced degrees from Ivy League colleges.

The difference between these academics and the ones who founded this nation could not be more stark — however.

Benjamin Franklin was a mostly self-educated man but undeniably a genius. He was also an intensely practical man who invented everything from bifocal glasses to the Franklin Stove, which was one of the first truly practical heating devices for the home.

John Adams, the second president of the United States, was like the current office holder a Harvard graduate and lawyer.

Adams was successful in private practice and a successful farmer as well.

Thomas Jefferson was as noted in his Wikipedia entry: “A polymath, Jefferson achieved distinction as, among other things, a horticulturist, political leader, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, musician, inventor and founder of the University of Virginia.“

All of these men had real world accomplishments to their names as well as their academic credentials.

What we have in the current batch is, well, less than stellar.

For all their learning and advanced degrees this group of academics are, well, academics.

They have run nothing, built nothing, designed nothing and administered nothing.

None of them have ever lived in the real world.

They have, nearly to a man, gone straight from the halls of academe straight to — the halls of academe or to government or to nonprofits which function often enough, much like the government.

We see this in their policies. Government by the consent of the governed becomes important when your realize that fully 60 percent of the American people want their new right to healthcare repealed. As much as 75 percent oppose the drilling moratorium in the gulf — despite the BP spill.

An overwhelming majority support the Arizona immigration law, and yet the administration is suing to block it anyway.

Most presidents would note that what they are doing is not making people happy with them and move in the opposite direction.

Unfortunately, for the academics this simply means that we aren’t smart enough to understand what they’re trying to do.

In reality they simply don’t understand the real world.

And in trying to force a philosophy which demonstrably does not work in the real world down our throats they are destroying the nation.

November is coming folks, let’s send a message — and return America to government by the consent of the governed.

All IMHO of course.

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