Statism US politics



Some people laugh when you invoke the word ‘tyranny/tyrannical’ to describe modern day (small d) democracies that have become centralized, top down, authoritative administrative states. The great philosophers of the European enlightenment wouldn’t be laughing however, they would be nodding in agreement with us.

What Obama and the Democrats (along with the willing stooges of the GOP establishment) are doing, is investing the power of the purse, which is the exclusive property of congress, to the presidency, in direct violation of the U.S. constitution. The entire statist project started by the progressive statists in the early 1900’s is marching towards completion under Obama. An all powerful centralized government with a president using imperial powers not subscribed to him by law.


Portrait of Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu

Charles de Monestquieu: ”When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty; because apprehensions may arise, lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws, to execute them in a tyrannical manner.
Again, there is no liberty, if the power of judging be not separated from the legislative and executive powers. Were it joined with the legislative, the life and liberty of the subject would be exposed to arbitrary control, for the judge would then be the legislator. Were it joined to the executive power, the judge might behave with all the violence of an oppressor.
There would be an end of every thing were the same man, or the same body, whether of the nobles or of the people to exercise those three powers that of enacting laws, that of executing the public resolutions, and that of judging the crimes or differences of individuals.”


Mark Levin: George Will is ‘trying to rationalize soft tyranny’

“I guess what I’m troubled by is I do not see a will to fight or even articulate a rational position by so many on the so-called right,” I view [George] Will’s column as trying to rationalize soft tyranny. That’s how I see it. I don’t know how much further we can go in the country toward centralized government. The government is now making decisions about our medical care. The government actually involved in virtually every aspect of our life in one way or another, to some degree or another. To talk about Madison’s document, the Constitution, as if we’re somehow still bound by it in many respects and in many respects we’re not, is to me absurd.”

“The individual is under attack”. “Private property rights are under attack. Capitalism generally is under attack. The Constitution is under attack, what’s left of it. These institutions are out of control in Washington. The fiscal situation — the federal fiscal situation is a complete and utter disaster and what’s going on is unconscionable. The monetary system is out of control trying to fund the fiscal system. We have politicians who are demanding more power. We have politicians who are demanding to spend more. I don’t see any governor on this. I don’t mean state governor, I mean governor like on a car. I don’t see any governor controlling this. And we’re told to tamp it down, to dial it back. Ladies and gentlemen, we don’t control anything. We don’t control the Supreme Court or the bureaucracy or the presidency.”

Levin pointed to the presidency of Ronald Reagan as a time when conservatives controlled the government and noted the prosperity of the 1980s.

“They do — one party or the other. We don’t control it. And when is the last time an unabashed conservative controlled anything in the federal government, other than Reagan? And look what happened — economic activity exploded, job creation exploded. Freedom expanded, not only in this country but other countries around the world. The Soviet Union was on its way to dissolution. And now the Republican Party — it has abandoned Reagan. It has abandoned the Constitution and it has abandoned conservatism. And we’re told to cool it, just cool it.”

Levin called Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer’s recent reference to the “McConnell rule”, which would allow automatic increases to the debt ceiling unless Congress disapproves them, is something that is in direct conflict with the Constitution and that should not be compromised on, as Will suggested.

“This is no joke,” he said. “This is nothing to ignore. The McConnell rule destroys Congress. So we have these temporary politicians willing to almost do anything to muscle through a situation with Obama, and Will is writing about compromise. Compromise with what, about what? There are certain things you don’t compromise. The Constitution is one of them. Slavery is one of them. And on and on and on.”

More here at the Daily Caller.

2 Responses

  1. The picture attached to the Montesquieu citation is a portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – rather a composer and not a political philosopher.

    1. Thanks for that, it was mislabeled in the images online at google. Now corrected.

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