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IBD: On the Imperial Presidency and the Second American Revolution

2010/08/01

By what do we mean the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the Revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The Revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected, from 1760 to 1775, in the course of fifteen years before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington. The records of thirteen legislatures, the pamphleteers, newspapers in all the colonies, ought to be consulted during that period to ascertain the steps by which the public opinion was enlightened and informed concerning the authority of Parliament over the colonies.” – John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, 1815

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Via Drudge:

Will Washington’s Failures Lead To Second American Revolution?

By ERNEST S. CHRISTIAN AND GARY A ROBBINS Posted 07/30/2010 06:30 PM ET

“The Internet is a large-scale version of the “Committees of Correspondence” that led to the first American Revolution — and with Washington’s failings now so obvious and awful, it may lead to another.

People are asking, “Is the government doing us more harm than good? Should we change what it does and the way it does it?”

Pruning the power of government begins with the imperial presidency.

. . .

A wounded rampaging president can do much damage — and, like Caesar, the evil he does will live long after he leaves office, whenever that may be.

The overgrown, un-pruned power of the presidency to reward, punish and intimidate may now be so overwhelming that his re-election in 2012 is already assured — Chicago-style.”

Please read it all. Christian & Robbins have delivered the most troublesome weather report in modern history. On the other hand, the American Revolution is again underway. The records of New Media, the Tea Parties, legions of bloggers all document the return of the American spirit, the idea of Liberty.

Theodore Roosevelt observed that the character of a nation is merely the expression of the aggregate of the character of its citizens’. I think it likely that the spirit of Liberty is demographically greater today than it was at the time of the First Revolution.

Our time is end-game for the old order:
Wherever collectivism has metastasized it has failed spectacularly… whether crude Bolshie-style communism or sophisticated Italian fascism or the blunt thuggery of Mugabe. If God-less collectivism is going to “work” it has to work here – America is socialism’s last stand.

Liberty – the concept of Anglo-American freedom under God – it, too, is making its last stand, in America, in these days. If ye seek peace, seek first Liberty. When the world sees America pull-out of this nightmare, when the world sees us prosper and flourish, the world will come to us for ideas. Pray for strength and courage of your fellow American. We can do this… we can do this, with God’s help, without firing a shot.

[Update: More at Liberty Belle’s. More here at SVP. – Ed.]

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. uniteddivided permalink
    2010/08/01 22:32

    Well, what we have now may not be the most desirable presidency, but it is far better the man that came before him, a man I like to refer to as Americas first dictator. The pendulum swung to give the Democrats power in 2006 after Bush tried to destroy this country, and it will swing again later this year. I just hope the Republicans are ready, because they are about to meet the same criticism and up-hill political battles that Obama has been facing. The Tea party gave Obama less then two months to turn Washington around, come 2012, God willing, a Republican will win the Presidency then he/she will have two months to turn things around before the political left start with their rallying and cries of in-justice and claiming that the new presidency is nothing more then a Communist mask come to corrupt our country, and I plan to be marching in the front row, holding my sign, because we now know and understand that this is the new Washington and this is the new way in which things are done.

    • 2010/08/02 00:52

      “Well, what we have now may not be the most desirable presidency, but it is far better the man that came before him, a man I like to refer to as Americas first dictator.”

      Oh, far better. At golf and goofing-off. Beyond that, I’m rather in disagreement, shall we say? Not that there isn’t plenty of valid comparison between the two.

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