WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2015 — Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
We gaze with amazement at mortal men and women who start regarding themselves as gods. These gods try to reign over us with contempt, placing themselves above the laws mere mortals are expected to obey.
These petty gods write laws, mete out their version of justice and seem comfortable in their roles as judge, jury and executioner. They are not to be taken lightly or to be subject to reproach.
You dare not criticize them. That could cost you your head. Majesty demands obedience to rules, lots of rules. If you break them, there are consequences, some deadly.
America’s Founding Fathers did not establish a monarchy, though some suggested it. Americans have never bowed to the whims of emperors, kings, dictators, tsars or whatever else they call themselves. Our revered United States Constitution remains the supreme law of the land: No ruler presides over us.
Our first president warned about the abuse of power and about the need to protect our liberties. George Washington said :
I have beheld no day since the commencement of hostilities that I have thought her liberties in such eminent danger as at present. Friends and foes seem now to combine to pull down the goodly fabric as we have hitherto been raising at the expense of so much time, blood, and treasure; and unless the bodies politick will exert themselves to bring things back to first principles, correct abuses, and punish our internal foes, inevitable ruin must follow.
Many think we are on the verge of ruin because we have one party that is adept at getting its way and then labeling the other party as the bad guys. We have an opposition party that has forgotten how to oppose bad policies. The president circumvents the Constitution in order to get his way. This is all backwards.
We are a republic led by three equal branches of government: the executive, the legislative and the judicial. They are separate but equal; no branch stands above the others. This separation of powers is associated with a system of checks and balances. By establishing this system, the founders sought to prevent any one branch of government from having too much power.
Now we seem to be heading towards monarchy. The president picks the laws he will obey and laws he will ignore. In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama laid down an ultimatum for Congress: “If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.” Obama sees himself as an absolute authority figure over us, a wise and benevolent Father.
Is it possible to not just stop, but dethrone an emperor? History says yes. It has happened numerous times before.
Emperor Hirohito was Japan’s longest-reigning monarch, ruling from 1926 to 1989. After WWII, the constitution drafted by the United States transformed Japan into a constitutional monarchy; sovereignty lay with the people instead of the emperor. The allies made sure that Hirohito, once looked upon as a god, renounced his divinity.
Other imperial majesties who were dethroned or killed were Aisin-Gioro Puyi of the Qing Dynasty, also known as the last emperor of China; Czar Nicholas II, the last emperor of Russia; Benito Mussolini of Italy; Adolf Hitler of Germany; dictator Idi Admin of Uganda.
Thanks largely to the United States, others have been added to that list: Saddam Hussein of Iraq; Col. Muammar Gaddafi of Libya; and Gen. Manuel Noriega of Panama. These men ruled ruthlessly from the moment they acquired absolute power until they were overthrown or killed.
Our process for removing bad presidents is more civil. We vote them out of office or impeach them. None of this seems to matter to Obama. He has transformed the office of the presidency into His Majesty’s royal court. Intolerant and impatient with Congress impeding his policies, he has gone around them unilaterally via executive orders.
The 2016 election cycle has shown on the Republican side that imperial rule cannot and will not stand in America. It is time for Republicans in Congress to act if they are going to save this great nation and stop worrying about their own political hides.
Conservative voters were asked to send more Republicans to Washington to stop Obama’s agenda, and they delivered in the 2014 midterm elections. Now the Republicans have their largest majority since World War II.
For their efforts, the voters expected their leaders to live up to their promises and stand up to Emperor Obama and stop his agenda dead in its tracks. But they were ignored and then admonished for expecting their leadership to do what they said they would do.
Conservatives have put RINOs on notice that they, too, can and will be dethroned if they do not get their priorities in line with those of We the People. The Democrats learned this in 2014, and now the purge has spread to establishment Republicans like Eric Cantor, John Boehner and, now, Kevin McCarthy.
Establishment types among the presidential wannabes are getting the message loud and clear. The establishment’s laissez-faire attitudes have awakened the sleeping giant that is We the People.
Serious conservatives know that Donald Trump is not one of them, but his appeal is this: He is a patriot, and in this day and time, patriots are higher up in the food chain than RINOs. Change is coming to America in 2016 — real change. It is that or a revolution not seen since the one that gained this country its independence.