November 6th – It’s About Liberty
Periodically, Gateway Pundit is blessed to have one of Ricochet’s (National Review affiliate) star writers, Dave Carter, write as our Guest Contributor. This weekend, Mr. Carter wrote a powerful piece at Ricochet, articulating what Americans should already know and feel about the current state of our country. As Paul Ryan stated, this election is “a big choice about two futures”. For any voters still undecided about which future to choose tomorrow, this is a must read. As Mr. Carter summarized, there is a “declaration of war on the individual citizen” and tomorrow’s election is about liberty.
In a letter to Edmund Penndleton in 1792, James Madison anticipated Barack Obama’s fundamental transformation of America, correctly identifying it for what it really is:
‘If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress. Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.’
The systematic violation of Constitutional limits on federal power is neither hope nor change, but rather the subversion of American law and a declaration of war on the individual citizen. To say, as the President of the United States did of Congress, a little over a year ago that, “Where they won’t act, I will,” is to announce the seizure of legislative power and the brazen violation of his own oath of office. From unilaterally violating federal immigration law, to defying a court order to resume oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, to illegally taking upon himself the power to declare Congress in recess, to commanding private citizens to enter into contracts against their will, to reaching into federal welfare reform law and removing requirements he found objectionable, he has undertaken intrusions into the private lives of a free people that make George III look like an amateur.
His government prescribes the content of our food, and the size and type of plumbing in our toilets and showers. They dictate what we can and cannot do with a puddle of water on our property, and even presume to intrude into our healthcare and thus into matters of our life and death. They swallow up private businesses under the guise of helping them, and distribute the bounty to cronies and union bosses. They choose which industries to favor (solar) and which to disfavor (coal), with the predictable result being that both fail. All this and more will be yours, your children’s and your grandchildren’s, for the bargain basement price of a mere $16,000,000,000,000.00 (before interest), along with enough regulations to sink the Queen Mary.
Read the rest here.