Obama – Design for Despotism

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This entry by Mr. Keyes is perhaps one of the best historical analysis and observations of where we are in the tyranny that is now unfolding upon us.

Read it.

Ponder it.

Consider it.

It is the unabashed truth of where we are.

But let me just state an observation – that the Bush-hating imbeciles that were constantly screaming about violations of the Constitution, are today… strangely silent.

Which vindicates my total disgust, suspicion and contempt of them.

Design for Despotism? 

– ALAN KEYES

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism…” From the American Declaration of Independence

“Probe with bayonets. If you encounter mush, proceed…” Lenin

These days arrogant pundits have a tendency to sneer at the very thought of “conspiracy theory”. This reminds me of Verbal’s pithy pronouncement from the movie “The Usual Suspects” (not for family viewing, by the way) that “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.” But when I’m tempted to let snide punditry influence my thinking I more often call to mind the above quoted words from America’s Declaration of Independence. It reminds us that people who want to preserve their liberty must be willing to keep in mind the possibility that the actions of their government leaders may be part of a “design” (that is, a consciously contrived plan of concerted actions) aimed at establishing despotic rule over them. If the American Founders left room for a little conspiracy theory, why shouldn’t we? Indeed, in the cyber age we should be more open to it than ever. After all, when it comes to human activities, “conspiracy” is just another word for systematic programming. The key question in that context: What is the goal?

I’ve been asking myself that question as I consider the Alleged Usurper’s recent power grab involving the Census Bureau. And I’m not just referring to the obviously partisan purposes it may serve. What struck me more was the unnecessarily arrogant fashion in which the Obama faction declared control over an activity that the Constitution clearly states shall be determined by law. Existing law places the Census bureau under the supervision of the Secretary of Commerce. A change must be made in the law before the White House can constitutionally alter that arrangement. Admittedly, with a Democrat majority in both Houses, Obama will have things his way. But at the very least, appearing to issue orders not authorized by law (as the Constitution requires) smacks of a hasty if not dictatorial temperament. However, my concern isn’t about temperament, either.

Years ago, I wrote my doctoral dissertation at Harvard. I focused on Alexander Hamilton’s contribution to the U.S. Constitution. As I researched and ponder this subject, I was struck by the dangerous abuses of executive power that might arise, under certain circumstances, because of the assumptions the Framers made with respect to the characteristics of the American people. The Constitution’s famous system of checks and balance works only on the assumption that the different branches of government will jealously guard their own Constitutional prerogatives and the prerogatives of the people they are supposed to represent; and will therefore adamantly resist encroachments upon them. If one branch or another takes unconstitutional initiatives, the judiciary has means to forestall the effects in some cases. In others, the legislature has the power to remove the offending officials. The executive can simply refuse to carry out unconstitutional actions. But, by the same token, only the executive has frequent opportunity to carry on an unconstitutional initiative until it produces a concrete result that can be challenged only after the fact. An individual might, for example, be unconstitutionally arrested, tortured and killed under the auspices of executive authority long before either of the other branches even hear about the action, much less have any chance to intervene. The first safeguard against such abuse is the character of the one vested with executive power. But if that person has the disposition to move beyond the law until met with hard resistance (to probe with bayonets, as Lenin put it), great and perhaps fatal harm could be done before such resistance sufficed to stop him.

There will be a special danger in this regard if the executive in question has enough support in the Congress to make him confident that his abuses will not be challenged, or that challenges will never have sufficient support to achieve the only outcome that will definitely remove him from Constitutional authority, which is to say, impeachment and removal from office. Can we say with any confidence that we are not in this situation of special peril to liberty?

The present occupant of the White House assumed residence while refusing to provide credible evidence that he is in fact constitutionally qualified to serve as President. Neither the judiciary nor the Congress, nor any other government officials, showed any disposition to defend the terms and authority of the Constitution. Unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger and others, Obama took the initiative to run for President despite whatever knowledge still impels him to withhold from public view the document that would rebut the substantial allegation that he is not a natural born U.S. citizen, and therefore unqualified to serve. Following Lenin’s dictum, he probed. He met no resistance. He has so far gotten away with it.

Does his dictatorial presumption with respect to the administration of the census reflect the same tactical disposition? If he so casually crosses the line of respect for Constitutional formalities with no shred of cover from the circumstances of his action, what will he do when some emergency actually seems to authorize extraordinary measures? He has already called for a domestic security force as large and well funded as the military. He has already begun to tout the economic crisis as something that can only be solved by centralizing more and more power under his control. His supporters have already begun an effort to replace allegiance to the Constitution with personal allegiance to him. Taken alone, such things might be meaningless. But altogether, like the threads of a tapestry, they begin to suggest a design.

Someone who plays the party dictator when nothing is at stake may just be practicing for the moment when everything hangs in the balance. And if Congress is willing to tolerate such infringements of the Constitution when there’s nothing to fear, what must we expect if and when some catastrophe calls for armed forces in the streets, and the prerogatives of disaster arm executive whims with raw power to do things far more threatening than the partisan rearrangement of the bureaucracy?

Let’s not pretend that we live in times when such events are at all unlikely to occur. On the contrary, the last terror attack hit upon our soil in a time of relative prosperity. If the next one wrenches us in the midst of an economic depression, will the twin demons of fear and economic misery leave people with much heart for liberty? Or will it seem a pointless distraction from the imperatives of survival. Such times call for a leader whose heart will be the repository of America’s love of freedom, keeping the flame alive in spite of all. But human history suggests that they are more likely to spawn leaders that seize the opportunity to do what their ambition, their ideology, or their resentful disposition has inclined them to do all along: seize the day; seize the power; and use that power to snuff out the flame of liberty, and scatter its dying embers.

I know that there are some Americans so far gone that they look without concern upon the prospect of such despotism. For them, the so-called economic stimulus boondoggle is like the distribution of money a new Roman Caesar would make to woo the support and loyalty of the Praetorians and the Roman rabble. Like such Romans, they are doubtless the ones who will gladly serve as servile henchman of despotic ambition, as it works to cow, seduce and subdue the rest of us. But are they so many that the little harbingers of tyranny, carried upon the winds of so-called change, have no audience capable of understanding and responding to their significance? 

Are there no Americans left willing to see with an eye jealous of our freedom, and stand, with hardy, God struck spirits upon the rights He has designed for us?

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17 responses to “Obama – Design for Despotism

  1. ….AN OBAMANATION HAS HIT THE WORLD…!! A NEW HEROD [“””BABY-KILLER””” WHO SAYS THAT A BABY THAT SURVIVIES AN ABORTION ATTEMPT ON ITS LIFE.. MUST ‘STILL BE PUT TO DEATH’ !!!] AND HIS RUNNING MATE THE NEW PONTIUS PILATE [“”” COWARD”””, HE SAYS HE KNOWS ABORTION IS WRONG BUT IS AFRAID OF UPSETTING THE SCREAMING CROWDS !!!]HAVE BEEN HAILED IN ON JANUARY 20TH 2009 BY THE SO-CALLED HIGHLY EDUCATED OF AMERICA!!!! SCARY STUFF WHEN ONE SEES THE DISGUISES IN WHICH EVIL COMES. !!! “HOLY GOD, HOLY MIGHTY ONE, HOLY IMMORTAL ONE,HAVE MERCY ON AMERICA AND ON THE WHOLE WORLD…!!!!” “AMEN”

  2. SPQR

    Wow, you religious wackjobs are something else. Do me a favor and bottle your extra-bitter tears, they so nourish my socialist soul!

  3. invar

    We have something a bit more to the point reserved for you Socialists.

  4. Wasn’t it Adams that said: “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

    Do we have a congress that could wholly represent the 50 states now…that so clearly relied on ‘divine providence’ as these men did?

    The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. —Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain [George III] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the consent of our legislatures.

    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

    For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

    Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

  5. stophate

    Are Anti Obama Forces A Satanic Army Trying To Destroy America ? I think so

    According to the Christian New Testament they are and will be bring the wrath of GOD upon themselves.
    Romans 13 (NIV) says:
    Submission to the Authorities

    1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

  6. invar

    Galatians 5:1 was the deciding answer to the dilemma of Pacifists that preached Romans 13 in the days before Independence.

    Submitting to tyranny, is to deny God and spit in His face, the Liberty He gifted to us.

    We were not born under bondage.

    We however, who misuse Romans 13 to justify tyranny, sell us all into bondage of both sin, and death.

    We are to never again submit ourselves to the yoke of slavery – be it sin, or the tyranny of men.

  7. Don Houston

    WoW, you guys are a bunch of right wing religious freaks. Keyes is a complete wack and his twin Berg a complete fraud who only cares about donations for money. Berg’s only objective is to extort money while selling a series of lies. His followers like Keyes are a cult like movement who can not be reasoned with.

  8. invar

    Obviously then, this blog is not for you, or the Left Wing Marxist stooges and tyrannical hedonists that you herald from.

    You couldn’t hold a candle to Mr. Keyes’ in character, intelligence or accomplishments.

    What’s your resume in comparison? A piece of stool in comparison to a bar of pure gold.

    You’re nothing but an agent of evil.

  9. Linda Starr

    Alan Keyes is weird ass monkey.

    He is fraud just like Berg. If you do not believe me why not ask his lesbian daughter.

    Keyes is a evil crook of the worst kind.

    He tried to run for Political offices and was laughed at. What a joke.

  10. stophate

    I have noticed that Fundamentalist Christians seem to be the first to pick and choose the pieces of the Bible that suit them and disregard the rest that don’t. That’s why they can never make a sound argument and shows the weakness in their religious views. Romans 13 is very simple and straightforward. Denying that is is the word of GOD is denying the existence of GOD. Perhaps they should just rip out the pieces of the bible that they don’t like.

  11. invar

    Alan Keyes is weird ass monkey.

    Thanks for demonstrating the average intelligence level and syntax capability of the Secular Left.

    It speaks volumes.

    I have noticed that Fundamentalist Christians seem to be the first to pick and choose the pieces of the Bible that suit them and disregard the rest that don’t.

    You do that which you yourselves accuse.

    Biblical Christians take the entirety of scripture IN CONTEXT, and let scripture interpret itself without reading a bunch of cultural crap into it.

    As I stated before, you toss Romans 13 applies in context to a righteous and just government that does not usurp the Law of God.

    Or are you going to insist that Romans 13 would require Christians to worship other gods if the government decreed it, or be forced to accept things which scripture clearly reveal is sin???

    Which is how you are intending to use Romans 13 in this post’s context.

    Sorry – that crap doesn’t fly here.

  12. dl

    Thanks for the “clear thinking” Mr. Keyes!
    #14 of the Constitution needs to be upheld.
    Signed order shredded and some need to be imprisoned.
    Just like Sodom these people crumble.
    Pride-filled jars of clay shatter when the flame is turned up.
    Keep the fire burning.
    An empty heart is cold ~ only a heart of LOVE will last.

  13. stophate

    invar said:
    “Biblical Christians take the entirety of scripture IN CONTEXT, and let scripture interpret itself without reading a bunch of cultural crap into it.”

    invar,
    Maybe you should ask the pastor of your church what he or she thinks. But that would actually require that you attend a church which is more than evident you don’t.

  14. invar

    Maybe you should ask the pastor of your church what he or she thinks. But that would actually require that you attend a church which is more than evident you don’t.

    As is usual with presumptive individuals pushing error, you make silly assumptions without knowing what you are talking about.

    I attend several congregations and churches in a large area.

    Plus, I care what scripture says, and not what men, pastors or no, think.

  15. Jack

    Well, Interesting discussion. Personally I am a Christian but do not see eye to eye with Mr. Allan Keyes. In life every thing should be in moderations and Mr. Keyes takes it to the extreme and for that will not support him.

  16. Chris

    I am a Republican and believe in the core values but not the Republican that brings Church in to everything. If you did that then what’s the difference between the Taliban and the Christians/ Republicans?

  17. invar

    You guys are so at odds with the Founders that Washington, Adams, Hamilton, Henry and Madison would be as hated and scorned as you do Keyes.

    The church defined the culture in their time, and the church and it’s principles were the foundation of liberty that birthed a republic.

    Of course in your twisted worldview, Founders like Patrick Henry would be accused of being Taliban.

    How far ignorance has taken us.

    Right to the freaking precipice of disaster.

    Go on, lick the hands of your masters and may your chains of socialism rest lightly on your shoulders and may posterity forget you were ever our countrymen.

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