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Current Elitist Threats to Our Republic

elitist threat republic conservatives sound alarm spending deal FISA spying Clinton funded dossier seniors medical testing AMAC town hall swing steele dossier socialist revolution looming AMAC congress“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”Ronald Reagan

“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.”H.L. Mencken

“There are men [and now women] in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”Daniel Webster

“As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”—Abraham Lincoln

In speaking of potential threats to our liberty, Lincoln warned of ambitious individuals of the type described by Mencken and Webster—people seeking power to impose their own private, elitist vision on the American people. Honest Abe said that our best defense against such lust for power was to uphold and abide by the Constitution and laws. Only by such jealous protection can we protect our rights and liberty from being subverted.

The four quotes above are cited because our system of government and law—indeed, our very rights and liberty—are under assault from many quarters within our society.

Various Americans who believe that they know the “right” path forward for our country crave the power to force their plans upon us. It’s clear they’re willing to trample the Constitution, our laws, and our traditions, if that’s what it takes to achieve their goals.

The most obvious collective movement in this direction is the radical and messianic agenda of the democratic socialists. But in this article, I would like to focus on four instances of specific ways in which our system is under attack.

Supreme Court

Last month, five U.S. senators—Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), all Democrats—launched an ugly attack against the conservative members of the Supreme Court.

Essentially, the senators have issued a two-fold threat—first, to make life miserable for justices who vote contrary to the desires of the Democratic Party, and second, to attempt to restructure the Supreme Court itself unless the conservative justices change the way they vote on cases.

In seeking to intimidate and control what cases the court hears and what decisions the justices render, the senators are committing aggression against the hallowed principle of the separation of powers. They also are acting with rank hypocrisy, saying they want to “reduce the influence of politics” on the court, while at the same time trying to coerce the court to rule in accord with their political agenda.

National Popular Vote

The National Popular Vote initiative seeks to bypass the constitutionally mandated Electoral College by awarding a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most votes nationwide rather than in their own state. So far, 15 states and the District of Columbia (all, not coincidentally, governed by Democrats) have enacted such legislation.

How ironic that those who howl in protest about “disenfranchisement” whenever a state or municipality purges its voter rolls of dead people and duplicate registrations have no compunctions about disenfranchising a majority of actual voters in their own states.

Consider, too, a recent decision rendered by the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals: The judges ruled that electors can vote for whomever they want for president, regardless of any state laws requiring them to cast their vote for the candidate who received a majority of votes in that state. Such a policy would be an invitation to graft and corruption.

Both the National Popular Vote and the recent court decision make a mockery of our principle of representative government.

FBI

You might think that it would be impossible for presidential electors to be bought off. After all, we could have the FBI monitor their finances, right? But what if the FBI itself has become politicized and lawless? What if its top officials have decided that, for the good of the country, they need to abandon impartiality and instead actively intervene to decide who should be president of the United States? That’s where we are in the post-Jim Comey era.

I won’t belabor former FBI Director Comey’s transgressions here. They’ve been widely documented and discussed elsewhere. (The Wall Street Journal article “Jim Comey’s Higher Virtue” provides a useful overview.) However, it’s plain that the American republic is in jeopardy when its top law enforcement officers believe they are above the law and entitled to act as kingmakers.

Federal Reserve

Just as the machinations of Comey show the dangers of “the deep state,” so do the candid remarks of another powerful, unelected wannabe kingmaker: William Dudley, the former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In an amazingly brazen opinion column on Bloomberg.com on Aug. 27, Dudley floated the notion that the Fed might be justified in adopting policies designed to prevent the reelection of President Donald Trump.

The chairman of the Federal Reserve system is already regarded in many circles as the second-most powerful person in the country. That’s already a troubling anomaly in a country based on a democratically accountable representative government.

To suggest that the Fed act to tilt the election of the most powerful person in the country—the president—toward the candidate of its preference is an egregious affront to our system of government.

All Americans need to be alert to what is going on around us, even though much of the actual plotting is taking place behind closed doors. Partisan and ideological zealots seek to ride roughshod over the constitution and laws that have kept Americans free for over 200 years. I’m not asserting that these are evil people. They simply are in the thrall of the three meta-errors that pervade progressivism: an unjustified faith in government competence, an exaggerated confidence in what human willpower can accomplish, and the self-delusions of good intentions.

But even if they are not inherently bad people, they are very dangerous.

Their attempts to undermine our democratic republic’s principles make Reagan’s warning exceedingly timely: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

Mark Hendrickson, an economist, recently retired from the faculty of Grove City College, where he remains a fellow for economic and social policy at the Institute for Faith & Freedom.

Reprinted with permission from - The Epoch Times - by Mark Hendrickson

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Johnnie McHan

This is the real threat against America…not from some foreign enemy but our own fellow Americans, who would undermine our Constitution and change our freedoms to slavery.

Doug

Words well spoken and the truth, but words alone accomplish nothing!
Lets stand up against the deep state, liberals and all who want to ignore or trash the constitution and rule of law. It’s the only way we can maintain our country and our freedom.

Ann

Everyone please remember their names who are against our justices and not reelect them no matter what. They are out of control.

LauraC

The Mencken and Webster quotes are so perfect for what the Progressives are trying to do to the country today. Makes me wonder what was in the water back near the founding of our country that produced so many great thinkers. Washington, Adams, Jefferson, the list goes on and on…people who could see ahead to the future, knew what was in the past and in men’s hearts and had the courage to forge the greatest civilization in the history of mankind. These pipsqueaks today who dare to question the founders’ wisdom are pathetic shadows of our great men. They should know their place and be ashamed of their hubris.

David

If the Electoral College is Constitutionally mandated and the states seek to change how they apportion their electoral votes, they would be guilty of subverting the Constitution and would be subject to the appropriate punishments.

BajaRon

Freedom and the ability to defend oneself (Wisely protected in our 1st & 2nd Amendments) are a huge obstacles in the path of tyrants wishing to rule with an iron hand. These are the people who work tirelessly to eliminate these 2 Constitutional provisions . Of course they hate their true enemies. The American people, and President Trump.

Rick J.

The forces trying to change this great country are attacking from so many different directions it will
be a major miracle if the nation survives. Thank the founders for the second amendment, and
REMEMBER FREEDOM ISN’T FREE. Hate to say this, but the left is going to lie, cheat and steal until they push the nation to civil war…and war is hell.

Bert

Excellent article. George Soros, public enemy #1, the money behind socializing the USA

Brenda Blunt

The USA was created due to those thoughts of these and other individuals. USA is a free country and should remain that way. If people don’t like the USA, then they SHOULD leave and never come back.

Skeptic Al

Words well spoken… and even better repeated…

stephen russell

The elites are from Both parties (save Tea Party).
Both parties are danger to our freedoms, esp Gutless GOP (inaction, incompetent, bias, sleepy at wheel).
WE Lose
GOP=RINO

Greg Russell

If we would hold accountable our elected employees who ignore their oath to protect and defend the Constitution, and, bring our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ back into everyday America, we would return our Republic to it`s strength and health, and our society would follow.

Tom Kaye

The silent popular majority has not been heard from for a while, only radical criers seem to dominate the airways for media ratings. Media currently appears not as news, but as entertainment that is inconsequential as to life and only offers negativity. The trials and tribulations that candidates go though today eliminates those candidates who would do a great job in directing our life liberties; why would anybody want to be persecuted in pursuit of an office . Unfortunately, due to this adverse selection, many who run have failed in life already and politics is a fall back position where favoritism excels and there is little accountability existing, with a safe haven of lifelong moneys on the public tax back. The silent majority needs to raise up , speak up and dominate the radicals that speak of freedom of speak; but deny freedom to those that disagree.

Sid

It’s sad watching failure be an option.

Mike

Line them up and eliminate the treasonous individuals.

Dean Brittain

If there are no prison sentences for the people who tried to have an administrative coup against a duly elected president, they might just succeed. We all must be diligent.

Wayne

Arrest them all, prosecute them all, lock them all up and throw away the key! BOTH PARTIES!

Steve

You been watching the news ?? Not bad people ?? Maybe you will wake up when they come for you in the night with the free press tagging along . The nutjobs know how to stand up , talk back and what’s their catch word for them “resist” . Show a little fortitude and less timid .

Diana

And why are they still out and about need jailed immediately this threatening garbage must stop if that means arresting prosecuting these vile people so be it it needs a 25 years hard labor no exceptions no plea deals no parole banned for life of ever working in any part of law or government state and federal we can’t keep letting this garbage go they are interfering with America and our CONSTITUTION as WRITTEN

Joseph

I think that pretty soon I ‘ll be moving to Siberia, as it appears that they will have more freedoms than we soon will!😡