The Perspicacity Of Benjamin Franklin, Seen From 2014



America was per Benjamin Franklin coming out of the Constitutional Convention “A Republic” as he told one questioner. He added: “If you can keep it.” In Congress, “Representatives” are elected by the people to represent them. Now, so are Senators. They make the laws that the President executes, per his sworn oath of office. So, why is our President refusing to enforce the immigration laws and why is Congress leaving him alone to do that? Particularly when the majority of Americans poll otherwise?

Americans elect their governments so that they are governed by folk who represent them; that is, governors who do as the citizens want them to do. The American Revolution was not against England so much as it was against government that did as it wished without regard for the needs and wishes of the governed. Now, we have arrived at an American government that seems to be imposing its will at the U.S. border against the wishes of most Americans. And not only is the executive doing this, the legislature and the courts are passively allowing it. Nor does the American people generally, seem to notice.

Past generations of Americans have been jealous of their prerogatives; when politicians have overreached, they have reacted. Such reaction today seems muted. For America, this is a new paradigm; government that rules replacing government that represents. A reversal one notes, of the historical process that created original American government.

Reinforcing that, Americans are increasingly governed by the sons and grandsons of prior governors; we are evolving a ruling class. What else could underlie Chelsea Clinton’s $600,000 annual NBC salary? And she is the progeny of politicians who encourage resentment of the “1%.”

Thus Americans evolve from subjects of King George III to independent citizens and now, back toward subjects again, this time, subjects of the U.S. Government. Well, no surprise to old Benjamin Franklin, wherever he is now … he added that: “If you can keep it” at the very beginning.

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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3 Responses to The Perspicacity Of Benjamin Franklin, Seen From 2014

  1. michael says:

    Our government is ruled not by voters, but by unions, the more power the unions get the more the country turns into a communistic state. All the noise is about the evil corporations, when in fact the ruin of the USA is wholly orchestrated by unions, especially government union pensions. Sure people WITH pensions will yell foul, but all that free money is breaking the back of the government. Note Scott walker not only turned a bankrupt Wisconsin around he is issuing tax cuts.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Governors Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal seem to understand what they are doing and really trying to resolve their states’ problems. Together, they’re some 4% of the governors …But who knows? Governor Jerry Brown just said his state needs to restrain spending!

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