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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Will Obama recross the Rubicon and restore the Republic?

“Experience [has] shown that, even under the best forms [of government], those entrusted with power have, in time and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” -- Thomas Jefferson, 1779

In “Will Obama recross the Rubicon and restore the Republic?,” Brad Berner (I want to call him our senior Moscow correspondent) writes:

In the aftermath of 9/11 the Bush administration and many Democrats crossed a constitutional Rubicon. By both presidential directives and legislation, constitutionally protected rights have been restricted and/or abolished, and the constitutionally mandated ‘separation of powers’ between the executive and legislative branches of government has been erased by presidential fiat.

While claiming terrorists ‘hate us because of our freedoms,’ Bush’s government has spied on citizens without warrants, issued legal memos justifying torture, usurped the power of the governors and instituted direct presidential control over the National Guards of the 50 states, and threatened Congress with martial law. The result has been, with the Democratic Party’s acquiescence, that the Republic is comatose, if not on its last breath.

Berner goes on to paint a rather grim picture of the rapid decline of what was once the greatest and freest nation on earth.

The question now is whether or not President-elect Obama will recross the Rubicon and restore the Republic. Berner thinks he will, “when donkeys fly.” Hmm. I think he means it will happen in Obama’s second term.

Brad Berner formerly taught history at Arizona State University and is currently living and teaching in Moscow, Russia.

You can read “Will Obama recross the Rubicon and restore the Republic?” here.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on December 16, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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Excuse me?

Presidents have been "nationalizing" the National Guard since Jack Kennedy. That's hardly new.

As for Congress and martial law, I'd love to see the backup data for that one.

Moscow's loss is Arizona's gain.

Posted by: D.J. McGuire | 2008-12-16 7:50:51 AM

The Emperor: In order to ensure our security and continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire, for a safe and secure society which I assure you will last for ten thousand years.

So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.

Oh come on you saw this coming.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-12-16 8:07:16 AM

I very much doubt that the land of the free and the brave will endure much wimpering. Even with a big bang, it will endure. In spite of all the bad-mouthing and infantile back-talk from the useful idiots, the US of A will continue to maintain a bastion in defence of freedom.

Posted by: dewp | 2008-12-16 11:18:33 AM

I have faith that the American people will once again water the Tree of Liberty. With or without White House approval.
I just don't think they're mad enough yet.

Posted by: JC | 2008-12-16 1:07:04 PM

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