“To maintain the ascendancy of the Constitution over the lawmaking majority is the great and essential point on which the success of the [American] system must depend; unless that ascendancy can be preserved, the necessary consequence must be that the laws will supersede the Constitution; and, finally, the will of the Executive, by influence of its patronage, will supersede the laws …”
– John C. Calhoun
(1782-1850) American statesman, South Carolina State Legislature, Secretary of War, twice Vice President under two different presidents, Senator
“By influence of his patronage…” Did Calhoun foresee a patronage, a citizenship, built upon the great give-away? Did he foresee laws such as the EPA and Obamacare? A patronage willing to forego, to trample, the Constitution, the document which allowed a country to grow so great that it became guilty with its plenty, until it was able to give and give and give until…surprise…it gave itself out. Until it became rotten from the inside, as the inside continued to eat itself in the guise of thinking government can give when in fact it cannot–as it has to take in order to give–until it takes the very heart out of itself? Has guilt destroyed the country? Have we become so preoccupied with everyman being equal–an impossibility–that we’ve guilt ridden ourself to destruction? Everyman is not equal, everyman is not entitled to the same as every other man. All men, in America, are presumed to be created equal…all men do not achieve equally. The concept of equal to each and every man has been tried, and it’s been proven time and time again that a few will eventually take advantage of the many, and the many will be led by the nose to their destruction by the few. And like democracies before us, we are on that destructive path.
L. J. Martin – http://www.fromthepeapatch.com