The USA was founded by men who violently threw off the yoke of a King and his courtiers and who then founded a new system of government in which a petty despot could not so easily run the lives of millions of people and turn them into pawns in his selfish and childish games.
These enlightened men created a national government OF, BY, and FOR the people, and elevated the Rule of Law far above the rule of a power elite and their byzantine systems of patronage.
Do these words mean anything any more, in this era of Barack Hussein’ Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That (the government did)”?
Maybe a quick look at the military coup in Thailand will break through the Liberal brain fog more easily than the lofty ideals of the Founding Fathers.
Thailand has been unable to break out of a cycle of military coups to achieve true democracy. A military man has led Thailand for 54 of the 82 years since the Southeast Asian country ended absolute monarchy in 1932. It continues to bounce between coups and fragile democratic governments…<Associated Press, link>
Yes, democracy is fragile, as are most gifts bestowed upon mankind.
But how exactly is freedom crushed by central power? Marc Saxer of the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung, a German foundation promoting democracy, offers a nice description of the heart of the beast:
Patronage relations dominate all aspects of Thai society and have a crippling effect on democratic institutions and political culture. Never mind the democratic facade, key decisions are made by a network of patrons in the backroom.
And who manages these patronage relations? The ‘bosses’ of course — the “power brokers” who
…dole out rewards to subordinates whose loyalty flows to them rather than to state institutions.
This last bit is instructive because it echoes the destruction of American institutions being led by Barack Obama: the Veterans Administration, the IRS, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, and most especially the United States Congress itself; all are being undermined and twisted by his wanton disregard for the rule of law and the Constitution.
For mr. Obama knows that to “fundamentally transform” the Pieta that is America, he must weaken and destroy its government institutions and replace them with systems of power brokers and patronage (just wait for the Independent Payment Advisory Board in 2017, and you will experience directly the truth of my words).
His is not a military coup, but something far worse: a nearly silent suffocation of American heritage, American culture, and American government.