D4L Update for 2/1/2012
by Chuck Donovan
“But the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. The provision for defense must in this, as in all other cases, be made commensurate to the danger of attack. Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”
– James Madison, from The Federalist No. 51 titled, “The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and Balances Between the Different Departments”, Independent Journal, Wednesday, February 6, 1788
COMMENTS FROM A LIBERTARIAN PERSPECTIVE
1 – Yesterday Mitt Romney scored a resounding victory in Florida proving once again that Americans may rely on campaign funding to always beat campaign content. Mr. Romney offers nothing new to any of the challenges our country faces. He has no plans to address the Federal Reserve. He offers nothing of substance to address our crippling national debt. His comments on the impending entitlement crisis show a lack of depth of knowledge on the challenges we face with Social Security and Medicare. He has nothing outstanding to say on the subjects of over regulation, complex and over taxation, centralized education, healthcare, immigration, civil liberties, or foreign policy. If he wins in November it will be yet another chapter in the White House book titled, “The New Boss, Same As the Old Boss”.
2 – George Soros thinks Romney will be more of the same too. I have little in common with Mr. Soros, but on this subject I grudgingly admit he is on the mark. His interview remarks may be listened to in this week’s Video
3 – Hillsdale College is part of the charge attempting to overturn ObamaCare. Their excellent discussion on Federalism is my recommended Audio this week. However, there is a glaring omission in Mr. Cuccinelli’s otherwise excellent discussion. He never mentions freedom of contract. This seems an obvious part of any ObamaCare objections, but is absent from all of the right-wing rhetoric I have heard on the subject. Why is this? Could it be that while the right-wing wants to repeal ObamaCare, they want to hang onto Medicare? Such obvious hypocrisy could not be true, or could it?
Americans are forced to pay into Social Security and Medicare. Our freedom of choice and freedom of contract is violated with every paycheck deduction for these two programs. The so-to-be obvious failures of both programs will likely come with the usual finger pointing, but again there will be no discussion about the principles.
Democratic and Republican so-called leaders cannot hold to principles. They must push forward with their ad hoc solutions to everything. Any other strategy would make the continuous failures of their plans so obvious it result would be the dissolution of their parties.
Democratic and Republican strategy has never been one of principle. Instead they have always centered their plans on hope. Many think it was Obama who ran on “hope”, but in fact that has been the strategy all along. They continue to violate basic principles, basic human rights, and basic logic, and hope no one will notice and that somehow it will coalesce into a working system.
It isn’t working, and the emperor indeed has no clothes.
VIDEO TO SEE
– “George Soros Admits He’s One Of Lenin’s Useful Idiots, No Difference Between Romney And Obama”, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHn-5TPyudU
– Mitt Romney: “I’m Not Going To Focus On The Fed”, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6JDooqBcjg
AUDIO TO LISTEN TO
– “Reasserting Federalism in Defense of Liberty”, by Ken Cuccinelli, http://www.outloudopinion.com/2011/04/28/april-reasserting-federalism-in-defense-of-liberty-ken-cuccinelli/
– Imprimis – A Publication of Hillsdale College (The only college in the US without Federal funding), http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/imprimis-a-publication-hillsdale/id323633106
– The Cato Institute Daily Podcast, http://www.cato.org/multimedia/daily-podcast