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We Don’t Need ‘Great’ Leaders – We Need Constitutional Ones
The Founding Fathers knew what Lord John Dalberg-Acton knew. And far too few of us know the totality of Lord Acton’s sage sentiment: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”
“Great men are almost always bad men.” America as envisioned and designed by the Founders was absolutely great. Subsequent men and women striving for a legacy – to be themselves deemed “great” – have ruined what the Founders bequeathed us.
Which upon its creation Ben Franklin described – with a warning: “A republic, if you can keep it.” We have failed to keep it. Because too many have done too much Constitutional violence – in their attempts to be “great.”
We don’t need as leaders great men and women. We need ordinary men and women – who get out of the Constitution’s way and allow America and Americans to be great.
Washington, D.C. is overflowing with oft ridiculous people – trying to use government to augment their opinions of themselves. Government-policy-as-therapy may make you feel better – and appear better inside the Beltway. But it’s awful for the rest of us.
In just about every way possible, the federal government is careening out of control – and light years beyond its Constitutional bounds. And only gets worse and worse as more and more people pile in and pile on – looking for their own slices of “great.”
The Founders saw this coming – and established as a backstop the Separation and Balance of Powers. The Executive, Judicial and Legislative Branches were established to work both symbiotically – and adversarially. But all three Branches are populated by mere men and women – too many of whom are seeking to be “great.”
The Legislative Branch – Congress – doesn’t use their Constitutional powers to slow down the out-of-control locomotive. They instead pledge to do everything possible to not use them. Meanwhile, the budget is $4 trillion a year – and expanding. The national debt is $18.3 trillion – and hurtling skyward. Future unfunded liabilities are upwards of $238 trillion. All aboard – destination Oblivion dead ahead.
Congress is supposed to set the legislative parameters of – and when necessary rein in – every Executive Branch department, agency, commission and board. But Congress far too often does no such thing. Every tentacle of the Executive Leviathan is incessantly, unilaterally taking unto themselves more and more power. They do not have the Constitutional authority to do any of it – but why should that stop them in their respective pursuits of “great?”
Read more at RedState http://www.redstate.com/diary/setonmotley/2015/08/17/dont-need-grea...
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