I am posting an e-mail from a friend, Jack Marsteller, who often sends out very relevant thoughts concerning our current national situation.
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There is nothing new about a politician like Barack Obama and the unwise and inconstant laws and policies that he promotes. James Madison warned America about them in Federalist #62, written to the people of New York in 1788, 225 years ago:
For example, his comments could not be more “spot on” about Obamacare:
The internal effects of a mutable [subject to change] policy are still more calamitous. It poisons the blessing of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?
Another commentary fits well with Dodd Frank and other Obama economic policies that have enriched his supporters in the Wall Street elite at the expense of the middle class:
Another effect of public instability is the unreasonable advantage it gives to the sagacious, the enterprising, and the moneyed few over the industrious and uniformed mass of the people. Every new regulation concerning commerce or revenue, or in any way affecting the value of the different species of property, presents a new harvest to those who watch the change, and can trace its consequences; a harvest, reared not by themselves, but by the toils and cares of the great body of their fellow-citizens. This is a state of things in which it may be said with some truth that laws are made for the few, not for the many.
Then let’s not leave out Obama’s disastrous foreign policy, which is losing the U.S. its long-term allies:
An individual who is observed to be inconstant to his plans, or perhaps to carry on his affairs without any plan at all, is marked at once, by all prudent people, as a speedy victim to his own unsteadiness and folly. His more friendly neighbors may pity him, but all will decline to connect their fortunes with his; and not a few will seize the opportunity of making their fortunes out of his. One nation is to another what one individual is to another; with this melancholy distinction perhaps, that the former, with fewer of the benevolent emotions than the latter, are under fewer restraints also from taking undue advantage from the indiscretions of each other. Every nation, consequently, whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability, may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of their wiser neighbors. But the best instruction on this subject is unhappily conveyed to America by the example of her own situation. She [America] finds that she is held in no respect by her friends; that she is the derision of her enemies; and that she is a prey to every nation which has an interest in speculating on her fluctuating councils and embarrassed affairs.
Obama’s hope and change is really just a repetition of the mistakes of history’s unwise and inconstant individuals and governments. James Madison displayed more wisdom in one Federalist Paper than Barack Obama has shown in almost five years in office.
Pathetic. A clear accounting of history will judge the years of Obama’s presidency as a period when America lost its senses to follow the Pied Piper of decline.