Thursday, February 12, 2009

View from the Top: The Founding Fathers


James Madison reporting:


I've been up here watching with bemused interest the campaign and now presidency of this Obama clown and nothing makes me laugh more than his calls for an end to partisanship.  I was never sure how he intended to end partisan politics and now that President Obama is on the verge of looting the national treasury with the support of his conspirators in the Congress with a nearly complete lack of Republican support, I suppose he might be coming to the realization that partisan politics is here to stay.  No doubt President Obama will be disappointed in this failing and will talk about the Republicans being stuck in the "politics of the past." 


Since Obama never really had a plan to end partisan politics in the first place other than everybody coming together to hold hands and sing Kum By Ya, I'm sure he never gave a second thought to whether ending partisan politics was wise or even possible.  Well, I can forgive Obama for not knowing the following because he's from another country, but believe it or not, some of us actually thought about these ideas years ago.


After I spent all summer sweating my ass off writing the Constitution, I couldn't get a break because we had to go sell it to the public.  New York was the largest state and then, as now, was filled with wackos and liberals who had to be laboriously won over.  Al Hamilton, John "Dr." Jay, and I wrote a series of letters to the editors of the New York newspapers explaining the necessity for and benefits of adopting the new constitution.  In one of these letters, I addressed the concerns of those fools who were worried that the new government might be filled with politicians and strive.  Image that, a government infected with politics.  I still can't believe I had to address this crap.


Back then we didn't call it partisanship, we called it faction.  And as I pointed out:


There are again two methods of removing the causes of faction:  the one by destroying the liberty which is essential to its existence; the other by giving to every citizen the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interest.


Then, even though I'd been drinking most of the evening, I brilliantly showed the folly of trying to remove these causes. 


It could never be more truly said than of the first remedy, that it is worse than the disease.  Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an aliment without which it instantly expires.  But it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.


I hope somebody in Obama's administration remembers these words when they talk about bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, but I digress.  As for the second remedy:


The second expedient is as impracticable as the first would be unwise.  As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.


So to sum it up for those Obama supporters who can't pay attention for more than two seconds, as long as people are free to express their opinions, those opinions might be different.  Liberty is the goal and if partisan politics is the price we have to pay for it, then it's better to have to listen to Harry Reid or Barney Frank spewing their crap than to have an oppressive government suppressing us. 


Even though this "stimulus" bill contains a number of dangerous provisions, at least it might have the benefit of ending this mindless drivel on the need for bi-partisanship.  I for one say bring on the partisan politics because it means we are still free.

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