(Could someone please lock the door and throw away the key?)
From May 25 to September 17, 1787, 55 men attended the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Their plan was to create a government that would be effective in carrying out it’s essential tasks, such as foreign policy and national defense. A government that would not resemble the European governments, where the exercise of governmental power was arbitrary and without limits. These men spent 116 days in a room with the doors locked and all the windows closed, at a time when air conditioning did not exist. They wanted to create a Constitution that would constrain the power of the government over the people while still guaranteeing a representative processes of government.
After the constitution was finalized, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin;
“Well Doctor, what have we got, a Republic or a Monarchy?”Today we are on the verge of replacing the rights given to us by those men, with a government that will be in control of all aspects of our everyday life. In 2010 Americans stood up and told the government we want our freedom back. In 2012, the Americans stood firm in their demand by keeping a divided government that was supposed to limit it’s influence over our lives.
To which Mr. Franklin replied,
“A republic, madam – if you can keep it.“
Obama was reelected, but not because Americans approved of his job, he was reelected because 4 million conservatives stayed home. Now we must live with him until he is termed out, but it doesn’t mean we have to like him, or agree with him. The vast majority of those who did vote for him, were unaware of many things he has done.