At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787 a lady reputed to be a Mrs. Powell was anxiously waiting for the results of the Convention. When Benjamin Franklin emerged she asked, “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy? “ Franklin replied, “A republic if you can keep it.”
It is the last part of Franklin’s answer that should keep us up at night. Since by definition, a republic “is a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them” the right and responsibility to keep a republic strong lies with the electorate. In a very short time, the electorate, the citizens of this grand experiment in freedom, will go to the polls and decide whether or not we can keep this marvelous gift of a republic.
Our founders could have given us a monarchy where the whims of a king would become the will of the people. They could have given us a dictatorship where the twisted thoughts of a despot would have eventually driven hope from the heart of every person. They could have given us a pure democracy where fifty percent plus one would suppress the dreams and desires of the minority. But they didn’t. Under the leadership of what they would have described as “Divine Providence” they recognized the God-given inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and they created the political marvel known as a constitutional republic. It has served us well for over 200 years, presiding over numerous transfers of power and protecting us from the excesses of the extreme right or the extreme left.
But now more than ever, the republic given to us by our founders is in serious trouble and is in desperate need of rescue. Since it is a “we the people” government we must have a “we the people” solution to our problems. Every two years in the House, every six years in the Senate, and every four years for the Executive branch we the people have a chance to either re-establish our hold on freedom or to allow it to be frittered away. On Tuesday, November 2nd, one third of the Senate and all members of the House of Representatives will on the ballet. What was broken in 2006 and again in 2008 can be fixed in one, remarkable day.
It’s time to put away our petty differences as conservatives and realize we are teetering on the brink of losing our republic. The Obama Administration has charted a course of more and more government and less and less freedom. From the banks to the automobile industry to Wall Street, the big government gurus on the political left are gobbling up our freedom and replacing with it with a nanny state that will eventually dictate our every move.
Some believe President Obama is a socialist with roots in Chicago as a community organizer who is trying to transform America into a combination of European socialism and the Chicago mob. Some believe he is a Marxist who won’t rest until America resembles the remnants of the Soviet Empire. Some believe he is a simply a novice politician who is in way over his head. In The Roots of Obama’s Rage, a remarkable new book by Dinesh D’Souza, the case is persuasively made that President Obama is an anti-colonialist who is driven by the anger and resentment of his father. Obama is focused on spreading the wealth around in order to avenge the colonizing power of Great Britain, France, and especially the United States. That is why he would approve billions to Brazil for offshore drilling while banning offshore drilling in this country. It explains why he travels around the world minimizing the importance and the influence of his own country while touting the rise of third world economies. It explains why he goes out of his way to omit the words “endowed by our Creator” when he quotes the Declaration of Independence and why he insists on pushing an agenda that will eventually shift the wealth and the balance of power from the established colonizers to the developing colonized.
Whatever the reason the results are the same. Our precious Constitutional Republic is in peril from a big government, top-down-control philosophy that is driving us toward fiscal and moral bankruptcy and away from fiscal and moral responsibility. The triumvirate of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi must be replaced with responsible leadership that will restore our republic before it is too late. We can’t do anything about the Executive Branch but is just days we can begin “Operation Republic Rescue” by turning out to vote and turning the House and the Senate back into the hands of responsible conservatives who will make the hard decisions necessary to rescue our republic. The pendulum must swing back in the direction of freedom. It is up to us. What will we do with our republic? Will we keep it?