WASHINGTON, November 5, 2014 Anticipating that the American people would declare the Obama presidency a failure and check its destructive agenda in Tuesday’s midterm elections, the New York Times (the declining leader of a declining industry), issued a suggestion for all mainstream media organs to parrot:
“There was a time when the midterm election made sense – at our nation’s founding, the Constitution represented a new form of republican government, and it was important for at least one body of Congress to be closely accountable to the people. But especially at a time when Americans’ confidence in the ability of their government to address pressing concerns is at record low, two-year House terms no longer make any sense. We should get rid of federal midterm elections entirely,” said the Times.
“Who will rid me of this meddlesome Constitution!” the distraught left seems to be saying.
Under our Constitution, no one holds a monopoly on power. Not the people, not Congress, not the president, not the courts. Power thus diluted allows the greatest measure of freedom for the greatest number of Americans. Contrary to what the New York Times tells us, individual liberty trumps the “pressing concerns” of Washington’s ruling class.
Elections in our republic are referenda on the power brokers in our indirect democracy.
“The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place,” wrote James Madison of restraints placed on our government by law. “It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?”
Human nature, which leans toward evil, is in constant need of checks. The Constitution, an aspect of the Judeo-Christian world view, is a mechanism filled with checks and balances designed to limit wickedness.
“The main impact of the midterm election in the modern era has been to weaken the president, the only government official (other than the powerless vice president) elected by the entire nation,” said the New York Times in support of a fearless leader.
“Democracy,” said Madison, the father of our Constitution, “is the most vile form of government.” This explains why the word “democracy” is neither in the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution of the United States. Liberty, not one-man-one-vote, is the highest principle.
Liberty and democracy are mutually exclusive concepts. Hitler’s Nazi Party, pro-democracy fanatics conveniently forget, was the beneficiary of popular will. In the elections of 1933, Germans gave Hitler’s brownshirts 288 seats of the 324-seat Reichstag (German legislature). Seeing himself as the final expression of German will, Hitler suspended elections, declared himself Führer, and ruled by pen and phone.
Tuesday night, voters used the constitutionally-mandated midterm election to say “no,” indirectly yet powerfully, to the “only government official elected by the entire nation.”