The American Experiment is One of Balance

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Yes, Thanksgiving is almost upon us. A day when families all get together and give thanks for blessings afforded us as Americans.

I personally have much to be thankful for, but that’s not what I mean about giving thanks.

Although it is often overused by we on the right – I’m thankful to be an American. It sounds cheesy and jingoistic. It may be, but that doesn’t make it any less true, particularly when you know American history and what our forefathers had to go through to achieve it. And no, this will not be a history lesson. Not much of one anyway.

I wish I could travel back in time, not to change anything, but just to thank the founders for what they did – thank them for their foresight. Assure them that they did the right thing – that they didn’t go through all that for nothing. That hundreds of years later we are still talking about it, still quoting them and trying to live their ideal.

I would assure them that all the crap they had to endure was not in vain – that they made a profound difference – and not just for us, but for the entire world. If it wasn’t for them, Earth would be awash in anarchy, despotism and dictatorships. read more

A Vision of Despotism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We conservatives love to complain about Obama – that he’s a lawless president, he’s despotic – that we’ve never seen anyone like him. How did he ever get elected?

Well, yesterday on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh read excerpts from a commentor of one of his brother David’s latest articles, “Democrats, the Constitution and the Rule of Law”.

She, the commentor, describes the gist of his article: “… an entire political party and liberal media that grossly underappreciated our unique constitutional system of government and are so blinded by their ideological goal, that they have no problem virtually conspiring with this lawless president and trampling the Constitution and the rule of law to serve his and their ends.”

You’re welcome to read Rush’s take on it here.

Here’s mine, and it ties into a segment that Mark Levin discussed the night prior.

It’s Monday, September 17, 1787 – the last day of the Constitutional Convention and Ben Franklin had a colleague read his parting remarks.

Within those remarks was this: “… I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but that may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.” read more