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Why does the left want a king to rule over us?

When the Founding Fathers came together and crafted our constitution the notion that government was at best an imperfect entity that offered imperfect solutions was universally accepted by many of them.  The history of past governments had taught them that no matter what constraints were placed on governments the natural evolution was to drift towards tyranny.  This flawed nature of government was a direct reflection of our own human nature and the tendency for people to look to kings and enlightened leaders to solve their problems.  Even the Israelites chose a king against the wishes of God because they desired to be like the rest of the nations of their world.  This prevailing mindset of the period prompted George Washington say, ”Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”  What he meant by this is government is indeed a powerful force and like any force much watched over and monitored because if left unattended it can quickly grow out of control and threaten everything in its path.

This natural progression towards tyranny is fueled by leaders corrupted by their own ambitions and desire for power.  Our founders knew this and took great care in setting up our current constitutional republic.  They didn’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past and head down the path towards tyranny. They wanted to ensure that our government had enough authority to hold the nation together and defended it when called upon.  They also wanted to restrain it enough so it would secure our liberties and not infringe upon them.  The Bill of Rights was the added insurance and a message to future leaders that this was the line they could never cross.  They were looking for a balance and this was the mindset our founders were in when they hammered out our constitution.

They had deep concerns about setting up a government that wielded too much power over the people.  They believed the people could self-govern their actions on the local level and the need for an all powerful federal government was not necessary.  They envisioned a government that secured the liberties of the people with minimal government intervention because they knew any intervention would offer up flawed solutions.  This doesn’t mean they thought people weren’t without flaws, they simply believed local governments would be in a better position to be responsive to the needs of the people.  They also knew that local governments were closer to the pulse of the people and vise versa.  It’s harder to pass a bill restricting the right to bear arms when the people you are regulating are your neighbors and friends.  After all when government is closer to the people the better it is.  Another thing to note is each state was viewed as a sovereign entity each with their own unique set of issues and priorities.  An all encompassing cookie cutter approach by the federal government could not properly address the uniqueness of the problems that arose in each state.

This is why in the constitution the founders intentionally left most of the power with the states and strictly limited the powers of the federal government.  They realized that the flawed solutions proposed by a federal government would create even more problems when applied uniformly on the states.   What might be a good solution for one state could end up being terrible for another.  Or worse yet a larger state that has a leading industry might lobby for regulations that benefits them and hurts another state with the same type of industry.

Today we have forces from the left and some on the right who believe this cookie cutter approach is exactly what is needed.  They believe the people cannot be trusted at the local levels to govern themselves.  That decisions are better left for the enlightened leaders who know what is best for each of us.  In short what they desire is what the Israelites desired 3,000 years ago; a king.  It’s not a radical idea, just an idea that has failed over and over again throughout history.  My question is why so many so-called freedom loving Americans would follow an ideology that strips from them of the very liberties and freedoms they claim to cherish?  To follow this ideology flies in the face everything our founders stood for.  They believed in the individual.  They believed each of us was born with inalienable rights and these rights are non-negotiable.  Most of the major problems we face as a nation were not caused by the individual; they were caused by government injecting itself and intruding in the affairs of the individual to solve a perceived problem.

The other day I was watching the news and they were talking about my bank charging fees for my checking account.  This is a direct result of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law that was passed last year.  You remember the law that was going to stick it to those Wall Street “Fat Cats.”  People jumped on the “Fat Cat” wagon and like a mob demanded we go after them.  I read article after article warning that the banks would pass on the cost to the customer in the form of ATM and checking account fees for having to contribute to a fund required by the government for future bailouts.  Now the last I checked I’m not what you would call a Wall Street “Fat Cat.”  I’m like most of you, living on a modest income, trying to pay the bills and make ends meet every day.  And now I’m forced to pay for this bank fund that is mandated by the government.  And trust me the government knew the banks would pass their costs off onto their customers.  Now this is one example of how this cookie cutter approach which was forced upon us like some sort of monarchal decree; an approach that benefited the large banks and hurt us.

Another example is something each of us feels each day in the rising cost of goods and gas.  The Federal Reserve has manipulated our currency through the process of monetizing our debt and printing money.  Because of this the value of our dollar has plummeted diminishing our buying power.  Essential goods like groceries are now more expensive.  The value of our savings has dramatically decreased.  And because the price of crude oil is based on the dollar, the price of gas has risen sharply.  The inability of our elected representatives in Washington to get their spending under control has created the environment for all this to occur.  The implementation of bad monetary policy has been forced upon us because our enlightened leaders can’t get their house in order and once again the little guy is paying the price.

The list of regulatory abuses is long and extensive.  From the EPA implementing rules that are driving coal plants out of business (which will drive the cost of electricity up) to Obamacare driving the cost of private insurance through the roof, our government has created most of the problems we’re facing today.  College tuition is through the roof because of federally back loans and our housing market is flat on its back because of government intervention/regulation.  And yet there are those on the left who want more regulation and more intervention.  For them it matters very little whether the President or Congress acts within their constitutional limits.  They believe the constitution is an outdated document that can’t possibly address our present day concerns.  I counter that line of reasoning with the following.  Our problems are a direct result of our elected officials ignoring the limitations our constitution has placed on them.  President Reagan put things into perspective when he said, “Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.”  How’s that for being spot-on.  What they know simply isn’t so.

If people on the left would just open their eyes and their minds, they just might realize that the solutions to our problems cannot come from a king or a group of enlightened leaders.  The solutions to our problems will come from the people at the local levels and the very constitution they mock.  Why they want a king or enlightened leaders to solve our problems is beyond my understanding.  Neither have very good track records.  I hope I’ve given you something to think about this November.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

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  • Infidel de Manahatta March 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Excellent post. Spot on. Unfortunately our constitution is all but dead. Neither party pays much attention to it. It’s inconvenient. Federalism was made a dead letter by the 14th amendment.

    We don’t have a Republic anymore. We haven’t for over a century. But what we have now if far worse: A government with unlimited power.

    It’s really sad how Americans let the last best hope for mankind slip from their hands.
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    • John Carey March 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      Thanks Manhattan. Our constitution might be dead to our leaders but legally it is still enforceable as the law of the land. The only reason they get away with it is because we the people have not enforced it. We have allowed legal maneuvering (standing) to lock us out of the debate. This has permitted them to get away with murder.
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  • Quite Rightly March 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Excellent post, John. The question of why Leftists want a king or enlightened leader to solve our problems is one that drives many conservatives crazy. I have been grappling with this one for a long time.

    Here’s what I’ve come up with so far: it all starts with deep fear and mistrust of Republicans. Bad government=Republican government. That’s the basic premise.

    Lefties fear–to the point of certainty–that a Republican-led (-controlled) government will lead to utter loss of freedom. With a Republican in power, they will have to eat poisoned food produced by corporate mega-farms and corrupt food processors and drink water that has been poisoned by commercial concerns such as gas and oil drillers; they will be forced to send their sons to die in illegal & senseless wars; ordinary people like themselves will die of poverty and diseases because they cannot afford medical treatment. People in one of the many classes of minorities (of which a Leftie will almost automatically feel included, at least through empathy with a minority friend or family member) will be compelled to live in fear without rights and access to food, housing, education, jobs, medical care, etc., etc. In this perceived reality Lefties feel very little power.

    Every so often someone comes along that Lefties feel is “one of them,” a Chosen Leader who fears the same fears, yet is superior because he (or she) has managed to overcome those fears and penetrate the power system and gain power. Lefties are willing to give such a person a very wide latitude in behavior and exercise of power, and will look the other way as the Chosen Leader violates constitutionally guaranteed rights, raises taxes, and promotes policies that raise the cost of living in general because the Chosen Leader’s violations will not affect Lefties, only those nasty conservatives. When the Chosen Leader’s policies do affect Leftists (say, gas prices go up), Lefties understand that it was not the policies of the Chosen Leader that led to the discomfort, but an understandable failure on the part of the Chosen Leader to wrest power from a Republican Corporation. It is understood by Lefties that the Chosen Leader has to fight dirty to combat the dirtiness (as they see it) of the fight launched by Republicans.

    Let me know what you think.
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    • John Carey March 10, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      You make a very convincing argument. Their overwhelming disgust and distrust for corporate America is clouding their judgement. Their actions are governed by raw emotions over reason and logic. This condition feeds a kind a paranoia that cause them mistrust everything around them, but it also allows them to be easily manipulated because of their self imposed ignorance.
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  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire March 10, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    They know that they are irresponsible, John, and they assume everyone else is also irresponsible. Therefore, we need a master.
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  • LD Jackson March 10, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    I hope many, many people read this post and come to realize just how far our government has shifted away from the design of the founding fathers.
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    • John Carey March 10, 2012 at 9:57 PM

      I hope so to Larry. We have lost sight of what the founders envisioned for America and each of us. They don’t teach this stuff anymore in the public schools. If anything they teach a revisionist version of history.
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  • Steve Dennis March 10, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Great post John! You have hit this one out of the park! I understand why our leaders want more regulations; because it gives them more power and that is what they really want, and I think most Republicans are guilty as well. They may not be as intrusive, but in the end they still want power. But I can’t understand why so many people fail to see what is happening here. The government is becoming more powerful every day passing legislation which infringe on our rights, and they do it under the guise of helping us. They frame the argument to appeal to a certain sect of voters and in the end we all lose.
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    • John Carey March 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      Thanks Steve. Regulations definitely diminish our liberties while expanding the authority of government. The more regulations, the less liberty each of have. This is the end goal for those running the show now. That’s why this November is so crucial. We must go into with the same mindset we had in 2010. We need to clean as many progressives and RINOs out as possible. If we don’t we will surely lose the republic.
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      • Steve Dennis March 11, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        I agree John, this is the do or die election of our lifetimes and I can only hope that people still have the same mindet as they did in 2010. But I fear the low turnout in the primaries is an indication that people just aren’t in the same mode as they were just two years ago. I hope that I am wrong and that once a nominee is chosen that people will begin to get excited once again.
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  • Teresa March 11, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Fantastic post! I don’t get why anyone would want a king either. In the past kings have violated citizens right, even leading to the point of persecution so why people want this I don’t know. Maybe because they are getting a false narrative from the Left, that government is going to take care of them? Maybe because they don’t want to take responsibility for their actions? Maybe its because they are uneducated with regards to history? I’m not sure. If these people think that they are going to have the same type of freedoms under a king as they do today they are seriously mistaken.

    • John Carey March 11, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      Thanks Teresa. Personally I’m with you, I also don’t get it. Perhaps it is has more to do with something that Thomas Jefferson was concerned about. He was concerned that if the principles of liberty and freedom and natural rights were not passed on to the next generation that eventually overtime an ignorance of the truth would be wide spread across the nation. I think that’s where we are at today. Not enough people know our own history or even understand that our rights come from God and not government. And they’re not getting it through the public school systems. This is where I think we have a role to playing. You social media outlets like blogs, facebook, and twitter we need to get this information out. We need to cram it down their throats like Obamacare was crammed down ours.
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  • Silverfiddle March 11, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Most disturbing is how people think that a right is whatever government says it is. Sincere leftists will flat out tell you that “natural rights” is a bogus concept and they don’t believe in it!

    The left has brought us right back to the divine right of kings. According to their archaic thinking, our rights are whatever those in power decide to dole out to us.

    Progress? Regress.
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    • John Carey March 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM

      What I don’t understand Silver is why people would rather be slaves than free. I mean even people who lived under monarchies in the past, many of them longed to be free. It’s dangerous and backwards thing and they call it progressive. More like regressive.
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  • John Galt March 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Good job, John.

    It is as comprehensive as it can get in raising the questions that have misguided the left for the last century. To get America back in the right path – that of the founder’s original concepts and ideals – we don’t need to convince the left. They are only 20-25% of the electorate – at least those that think and vote in deep ideological terms.

    We need to convince those that the left has convinced, or bought out. That is 25-30% of the apolitical citizen. There is the rub!

    (America’s Chronicle, ex-Robbing America Chronicle)
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