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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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Frank S.
3 years ago

“A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for they are known and carry their banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, their sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; they speak in the accents familiar to their victim, and they wear their face and their garments and they appeal to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. They rot the soul of a nation; They work secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; They infect the body of politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague” – Cicero 42BC

Paula Hammond
3 years ago

This scares me bad; I have to fight my
Taking up arms and trying level the field..

michael failla
3 years ago

Those who would exchange security for freedom deserve neither. Ben Franklin

Socialisms goal is communism. V.I. Lenin

Readinjg history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson

I am not a friend of energetic government. It is always oppressive. Thomas Jefferson

Ronald Cummins
3 years ago

Unfortunately the liberals will not educate themselves to the real world. They will only listen to what they want to hear. their Socialism will fail but so will our nation if socialism wins. It is over when people find that they can vote themselves money. Fight back by voting conservative.

William Lee
3 years ago

Dont agree that these various people or institutions are referred to as “not bad”. They are bad and worse. They lie, cheat and steal primarily for the own benefit. Dont be a mamby pamby about it.

johnH
3 years ago

Trump is not doing very good job this week at running for 2020. He is either overconfident or does not want another 4-years. If so, need another Republican candidate to step up

johnH
3 years ago

Trump did not do any good on “Fake News” this week by pushing the Alabama weather forecast & then answer I don’t know, don’t know ,don’t know with no sincerity in his voice. Admit when you are wrong ….Losing faith in your actions

johnH
3 years ago

Good article, but has not been a great week for Trump. His ego is too big, he cannot admit when he is wrong: his handling of hurricane Dorian hitting Alabama was embarrassing. He only needs to say he was wrong, mistaken, jumped to conclusion, etc & this would have been over & forgotten. He is too stubborn & I am afraid he will not back off trade war with China (today they adjust $$ again) & this week he is trying to blame recession on Fed. Folks, the interest cannot be close to zero……..think about that. Tell POTUS to quit trade war before it is beyond repair, which in my opinion is January.

Gary Brooks
3 years ago

We who truely know the value of this Constitutional Republic must at every opportunity contact our elected Reps and either in writing or voice express our concerns over any attempt to degrade this Constitution (Bill of Rights). We must stand united as one regardless of minor differences for the preservation of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. No man has the right to diminish these God given rights and should be considered an Un American to do so. We have 200 years or more of great sacrifice that we need to preserve for our posterity. The above article is timely, well written and accurate.

Chuck
3 years ago

The enemies without can be identified and dealt with. It’s the enemies within, deeply buried in the levels of government, who are the most incideous and deceitful. These are the ones to try to ferret out and destroy. These are also the ones it is difficult to do so. Be vigilant and suspicious and wary.

Morbious
3 years ago

Of course you cant say they’re evil people. All they want to do is follow in the footsteps of their spiritual forebears, the bolsheviks. The latter promised utopia, but first they had to remove the obstacles to heaven on earth. At one point if someone had more than one teapot, it was enough to be sent to siberia. All food stores and next years seeds were taken. You know what? There were millions who were glad to see their more successful neighbors ruined. Our country, owing to heros who enumerated inherent freedoms, has produced more wealth for more people than all other countries combined since the pharoahs. Now these dems want to drive in reverse. And they’re not evil?

Mike B.
3 years ago

Many years ago a very learned individual told me, “we don’t have to worry about the Russians or Chinese, Americans will raise the Red ( Communist) flag over our capital”. God forbid, it’s actually happening. If someone had told me 30 years ago that Socialists would be running for our highest office, representing one of our major political parties, I would not have believed it. Now I see it happening. God help the United States of America. I fear if these people gain power there will be another civil war in our country.

Sheila
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike B.

The way things are going nowadays, I think there will be a civil war in our country very shortly if nothing is being done to prevent this.

Phil
3 years ago

I suspect that if a liberal does take over as President that America will become a land ruled by groups such as ANTIFA. The Liberal rich will ban hiring of any Republicans and drive America into total chaos. I would give it two -four years before China takes over all our jobs and industries – America will be a waste land.

Pete from St Pete
3 years ago

I disagree with the author. These are inherently bad people. Anyone who wants to corrupt the government of the most successful country in history for their own objectives is bad.

Janette
3 years ago

I agree.

Steve
3 years ago

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 .

Greg Russell
3 years ago

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.

Janette
3 years ago
Reply to  Greg Russell

Russell I agree with what you say about the constitution to be up held in our country. However we must be careful that we do not force any particular faith of religion on anyone. History of the 1260 years of papal rule should be remember. We stand for liberty of conscious in our country. We already have that happening in some areas of our country influence of the radical Islam faith. I worked with them in retail and some were hard workers and very nice. I never had one who tried to impose there beliefs on me. I am against anyone who would use the force of our government to impose certain religious laws on the people. That has happen in the past in our country and it was not good.

Greg Russell
3 years ago
Reply to  Janette

Im Greg, Russell is my last name. But apparently you dont grasp that the United States was founded as a Christian nation. No one then was “forced” to follow the Christian faith, but our government officials in the newly formed Continental Congress not only prayed before doing the peoples work, but they even held a full-blown worship service. There are a great many documented cases of our fledgling nations leaders praying to God-Almighty, and the colonists all came from England to find the freedom to worship freely, and not be mandated to a state religion as has been the case in Britain. America always has been, is still today, and always will be a Christian nation. Period. As Christians we are called to fulfill the Great Commission, which simply stated, is to share the good news of the saving faith of Jesus Christ with everyone that we can. NO ONE is forced to accept the Lord, but people have to hear the truth in order to make a choice. It seems as though youve been deeply indoctrinated into the liberal culture based on what you write and seem to believe.

Wayne
3 years ago

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

Janette
3 years ago
Reply to  Wayne

Wayne how about getting back all the money they spent on fake investigation. Perhaps that will help build the wall or help with infrastructure in our country and other things that need to be done in our country. If we could can we sent them to the communistic or socialistic countries they claim to love so much.

michael failla
3 years ago
Reply to  Wayne

After a trial by their peers. Right?

KACS
3 years ago

I don’t understand why people like William Dudley and those five Dem. senators are not being charged with treason? And don’t say FREE SPEECH! When free speech is used to take down and destroy the greatest country in the world, that IS treason!

Sheila
3 years ago
Reply to  KACS

You are right in saying that Dudley and those five Dem. senators should be charged with treason. If this were years ago, they would had been charged. Nowadays, things changed as anything goes!!!

johnny
3 years ago

talking about an advertisement to support the republican party. unbelievable.

Diana
3 years ago

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

Janette
3 years ago
Reply to  Diana

well spoken diana

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