I spotted this chart (courtesy Larwyn, of course) at The Jacksonian Party. It explains a great deal about our current situation; one in which the people find themselves pitted against their elected officials.
Prior to 1902, Congress had never reached a 70% reelection rate.
Jacksonian argues that when the Senate became a directly elected body and no longer represented Statehouses, taxation and other federal usurpations of Constitutional bounds became rife. In other words, the federal government could and did use its power to begin punishing the states, regulating local affairs and interfering in every sort of arcane transaction.
That change triggered an ever-increasing federal budget that went far beyond national defense. Budget-busting initiatives, politically motivated in nature, purported to help retirees, the sick, the elderly and so on, while concentrating ever more power in Washington.
The federal government now consists of a body of lifetime bureaucrats, many of whom couldn't power a flashlight with all of their brainpower combined, who are reelected automatically through their use of federal tax funds. They reward, they punish, they anoint.
And they continue to aggregate more power at the federal level -- and to build their own personal wealth -- ignoring and flouting the law. Dodd, Rangel, Feinstein, Frank, Reid, Waters, Conyers, Mollohan, Murtha -- to name but a few -- have repeatedly thumbed their noses at financial disclosures, ethics violations, criminal complaints, FOIA requests, and the like.
If government worked as Obama and the National Socialist Democrats say it will, then why would we care about separation of powers? Why would we care about different levels of government?
Why would we care about the Constitution?
Why was this nation founded in the first place?
If government is so beneficent, so effective, so humane and compassionate, how is it that throughout all of human history, the great philosophers and thinkers were so fearful of it?
Aristotle, Cicero, Locke, Montesquieu, Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and so many more.
Were they all wrong about government and Obama right?
Were they all wrong about limiting, balancing, placing checks on government? Were they all wrong about liberty?
Is human history all wrong and Obama right?
Is human history all wrong and Nancy Pelosi right?
Is human history all wrong and Harry Reid right?
Do you really think Obama, Pelosi and Reid hold a candle to the greatest thinkers civilization has ever seen?
Because for Obama to be right; and for his party, now in the hands of the radical left, to be right; the Founders had to be wrong.
For Obama to be right, the Declaration of Independence has to be wrong.
For Obama to be right, the Constitution has to be wrong.
For Obama to be right, Aristotle, Cicero, Locke, Montesquieu, Burke, Smith and the founding fathers all had to be wrong.
And so it is clear how all of this will end.
Government-run health care will be used as a tool by government officials. As these programs always are. It will be used to punish political enemies, to reward friends, to entice supporters and -- always -- to aggregate more power.
It must be defeated.
Hat tips: The Jacksonian Party, Thirty Thousand and Mark Levin (8/14/2009, 44:30 - MP3). Linked by: Stacy McCain. Thanks!