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Obama Talks About “Fundamental Flaws” of the US Constitution

This is no surprise to anyone who has studied Obama’s record, but there have been two audio clips revealed recently that show Barack Obama’s disdain for the US Constitution. Yet it still amazes me that this candidate for President makes such a blatant attack on our God-inspired Constitution.

Here’s the audio (about 30 seconds):

Here’s the transcript: “the Constitution reflected a enormous blind spot in this culture that carries on until this day and uh that the framers uh had that same blind spot. I don’t think the two views are contradictory to say that it was a remarkable political document uh that paved the way for where we are now and to say that uh it also uh reflected the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day.”

And here’s another, more lengthy (about 4 minutes), clip from a 2001 Chicago Public Radio interview with Barack Obama on WBEZ FM. As you listen (or read the transcript) notice how it is not a discussion about whether or not redistribution of wealth (“spreading the wealth around” as Obama calls it) is right or wrong, constitutional or unconstitutional. It is a discussion about the best way to do it.

Here’s the audio:

Here’s the transcript: “But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth uh and sort of more basic issues of political and uh economic justice in this society. And uh As radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed uh by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it has been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted it in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. It says what the states can’t do to you. It says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf. Uh and that hasn’t shifted, and one of the tragedies of the civil rights movement was because the civil rights movement became so court-focused, uh, I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive uh change. And, uh, in some ways we still suffer from that.”

Continuing, he states that “Although you can craft theoretical justifications for it (redistribution of wealth) legally…any three of us sitting here could come up with a rationale for bringing economic change through the courts.”

Sounds like this man is willing to do whatever it takes, through legislative action or through the courts, to bring about his world view…taking from the rich and giving to the poor. But Obama is no Robin Hood, as Jonathan Morris points out on FoxNews.com. “Robin Hood is a legitimate hero, not because he robbed from the rich and gave to the poor, but rather because he returned to the poor what lawfully belonged to them.” Obama wants to take what lawfully belongs to one person and give it to another. This “spreading the wealth around” that Obama seeks is nothing more than legalized theft and an affront to the Constitution.

After what he has said about the Constitution, how can Obama honestly take the oath of office which says, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and I will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Reagan’s Four Essential Economic Freedoms Contrasted to Obama’s Economic Plan

I have often thought that political freedoms and economic freedoms are connected: you can’t have one without the other, or at least, not for long. On this very subject, I recently came across a speech by Ronald Reagan from July 3rd, 1987:

Inextricably linked to these political freedoms are protections for the economic freedoms envisioned by those Americans who went before us. While the Constitution sets our political freedoms in greater detail, these economic freedoms are part and parcel of it. During this bicentennial year, we have the opportunity to recognize anew the economic freedoms of our people and, with the Founding Fathers, declare them as sacred and sacrosanct as the political freedoms of speech, press, religion, and assembly. There are four essential economic freedoms. They are what links life inseparably to liberty, what enables an individual to control his own destiny, what makes self-government and personal independence part of the American experience.

First is the freedom to work — to pursue one’s livelihood in one’s own way, to choose where one will locate and what one will do to sustain individual and family needs and desires.

Second of those freedoms is the freedom to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor — to keep for oneself and one’s family the profit or gain earned by honest effort.

Third is the freedom to own and control one’s property — to trade or exchange it and not to have it taken through threat or coercion.

Fourth is the freedom to participate in a free market — to contract freely for goods and services and to achieve one’s full potential without government limits on opportunity, economic independence, and growth.

Source: http://www.villagesoup.com/Forums/letters.cfm?TopicID=10748

I thought it would be fun to contrast Reagan’s economic principles with those of Barack Obama. Each of the following comes directly from Obama’s Web site.

Reagan’s Economic Principles Obama’s Economic Plan
The freedom to work “Extend and Expand Unemployment Insurance.” More incentives to NOT work.
The freedom to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor “$20 billion in new tax rebates.” Money for nothing. If the rebate went to actual tax payers, 97% of it would have go to the rich. But Obama’s proposal is to give this money to “America’s workers” He doesn’t clarify exactly who that is, but it sounds like a big redistribution of wealth, i.e. enjoying the fruits of someone else’s labor.
The freedom to own and control one’s property “Barack Obama’s Plan to Jumpstart the Economy”: $50 billion in new government spending. And bigger government, of course, means less control you and I have over our own property, including our income, which Obama will be taking more of to pay for his big government programs.
The freedom to participate in a free market “a $10 billion Foreclosure Prevention Fund” and “$10 billion in Relief for State and Local Governments Hardest-Hit by the Housing Crisis.” This is more meddling by the government and anything but free market economics.

Wow, what a contrast! It’s too bad the Republicans didn’t nominate a candidate with Reagan’s views on economics. I guess John McCain will have to do; he is certainly much better on economics than Barack Obama.

The Race for President: Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party Analyzed

The Democrat Party long ago abandoned the fundamental principles of the Constitution (limited government, private property rights, and personal freedom) and in recent years the Republican Party too has supported unconstitutional growth of government and encroachments on our freedom. More and more, I have felt the need for our country to return to God-inspired Constitutional principles. So in this Presidential election year, I thought I would look into the Constitution Party and analyze their candidate for President of the United States.

Click here to see my analysis of the other candidates for president.
Republican John McCain Analyzed
Democrat Barack Obama Analyzed

About the Candidate: Charles “Chuck” Baldwin is a pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. In 2004, Baldwin was the Constitution Party nominee for Vice President, and on April 26, Baldwin was named as their 2008 presidential nominee. Baldwin hosts a weekly radio program and writes a weekly news column carried on his website and on the VDARE.com site as well.

Issue/Voting Criteria Candidate’s Stance Candidate’s Record Grade
1. Strengthening the Family Baldwin Campaign Kickoff:
Chuck Baldwin is the most visible and vocal upholder of the party’s seven primary principles: Life (starting at conception), Liberty, Family (one husband, one wife, together with as many children as God gives them), Property, Constitution, States’ Rights and American Sovereignty. Dr. Baldwin has pledged to uphold the Constitution Party’s platform, “without hesitation, and without reservation.”

A
1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion From Baldwin’s Website:
I will use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to demand that Congress enact Dr. Ron Paul’s Sanctity of Life Act which would set forth that every unborn child is a ‘person’ under the Constitution, entitled to equal protection of the law and therefore, no unborn child could be killed without due process of law.
A
1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage
Constitution Party Platform:
The law of our Creator defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. The marriage covenant is the foundation of the family, and the family is fundamental in the maintenance of a stable, healthy and prosperous social order. No government may legitimately authorize or define marriage or family relations contrary to what God has instituted.
A
2. Defending Our Country From Baldwin’s web site:
“It is a primary obligation of the federal government to provide for the common defense of the United States of America, and to be vigilant regarding potential threats, prospective capabilities, and perceived intentions of potential enemies…We will have a national defense that is second to none, with armed forces that serve only
under our flag, whose mission is to defend these United States of America!”
A
2A. Defeating Terrorists From Baldwin’s web site:
“I would begin the process of safely extracting our troops from Iraq. In the first place, our troops are no longer fighting a war, they are an occupation force, which occupies a sovereign country. And this is being done without a Declaration of War. The Iraqi people resent our occupation as much as we would resent another nation stronger than ours invading and occupying America. If such a thing happened to our beloved country, I’m sure many of us would also become ‘insurgents’.”

In the wake of 9/11 and the so-called ‘War on Terror’ we have seen legislation and executive action that deprives the American people of their rights secured under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments under the guise of “combating terrorism” or ‘protecting national security.’

F.
Baldwin doesn’t seem to believe there is a war on terrorism. The US is not an occupying force in Iraq. We are there by invitation and if the Iraqi government wanted us out, we would leave. Our presence there is not resented by the Iraqi people, and our soldiers can verify that they are greatly appreciated by the vast majority of Iraqis. And to say that we too would be insurgents makes my blood boil. By saying that, he is equating terrorist actions with a legitimate uprising in defense of rights such as the American Revolution.
2B. Protecting Our Borders From Baldwin’s web site:
“Illegal immigration stops the day we take the White House!..We will seal our borders and ports. I support construction of a fence to secure our borders, but a Baldwin Administration will not wait for the construction of a fence in order to seal and secure our borders. We will utilize whatever force is necessary, including regular military personnel, to effectively secure our borders immediately.”
A
3. Free Market Economic Policy From Baldwin’s web site:
A Baldwin economic policy will provide opportunities and freedom for millions of average Americans, not obscene profits for international bankers and multinational corporations.

So-called “free trade” deals such as NAFTA, CAFTA, and the FTAA, which have all but destroyed America’s manufacturing base and have put millions of American workers out of their jobs!

D.
Baldwin is not a strong supporter of free market economics, as in his opposition to free trade. Also, profits are not obscene. If people are breaking the law to make money, then send them to jail. Otherwise, people are (or should be) free to make as much money as they can.
3A. Lower Taxes From Baldwin’s web site:
I will work feverishly to overturn the Sixteenth Amendment, which would repeal the Income Tax.

I would also work to repeal the “death tax,” inheritance taxes, and property taxes. The American people are already paying somewhere between 30% and 40% of their income to Uncle Sam. It must stop. We are bankrupting our country with this incessant and burdensome tax system.

A
3B. Smaller Government From Baldwin’s web site:
Great are the dangers of giving unlimited, unconstitutional power to a government that does not respect the checks and balances intended by our Constitution and Bill of Rights!

I will champion the property rights of individuals and families
and I will oppose eminent domain abuse whenever and wherever I find it in this country!

A

I don’t believe Baldwin has ever held a political position, which is why his “Record” column is blank. Therefore, just going off his stance on the issues, I give Chuck Baldwin a grade point average of 3.22. This is better than John McCain’s score of 2.56, but far better than Barack Obama’s dismal 0.56 score. (Mitt Romney still has the top score in my candidate rating system.)

I’m not thrilled about some of Baldwin’s statements on defeating terrorism in the world, nor do I like some of his economic views, but overall, he is a very viable candidate. He got a grade A on seven of my nine categories, so right now, I have to say I am leaning toward Chuck Baldwin and the Constitution Party.

The 5,000 Year Leap, A Miracle that Changed the World

The 5,000 Year Leap is a superb book that every American should read. The title of the book refers to the political progress made with the founding of The United States of America and the establishment of the Constitution. It was written by W. Cleon Skousen over 30 years ago from material he collected when teaching a class on the bi-centennial of the United States. Until I read this book, I didn’t realized how far we, as a country, have strayed from the Constitution and the principles this country was founded upon. I believe that this country needs to return to those Constitutional, founding principles. To the extent that we do return to those principles, I know our nation will be blessed politically, economically and spiritually.

As I was reading the book, as usual, I highlighted the passages that I particularly liked or wanted to remember. With this book, I had to force myself not to highlight just about every sentence on every page. It was that good. Below are some (132 to be precise) of the best quotes from the author and from many of the Founding Fathers. I wanted to preserve for my own future reference, and I wanted to share these with all of America in hopes of convincing others of the need to return to our founding principles.

As you read these quotes (if you choose to read them all, I know it is quite lengthy), try and apply these principles to our current political environment. As you compare these statements by our founding fathers with the promises and platforms of modern political parties and presidential candidates, I think you will agree with me ragarding how far we have strayed from our founding, Constitutional principles.

Principle: Avoiding Debt (Public and Private)
Name Quote Page
Thomas Jefferson We shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves. 30
W. Cleon Skousen The Founders wanted the nature of debt to be recognized for what it is: evil, because it is a form of bondage. 292
Benjamin Franklin Poor Richard says, the second vice is lying, the first is running in debt. 294
Thomas Jefferson Public debt [is] the greatest of the dangers to be feared. 295
Thomas Jefferson We are bound to defray [the war’s] expenses within our own time, and unauthorized to burden posterity with them. 295
W. Cleon Skousen [The Founders] wanted the rising generation to be genuinely free–both politically and economically…[otherwise] it would be, in a very literally sense, “taxation without representation.” 295
George Washington No pecuniary consideration is more urgent than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt. 296
Thomas Jefferson We shall consider ourselves morally bound to pay them ourselves; and consequently with the life [expectancy] pf the majority. 296
Bill Bonner New all time high records have been set for deficit spending during the spring of 2006. Congress has increased the debt ceiling to NINE Trillion dollars. All things considered, the burden of debt for every man, woman and child in the country has risen to over $100,000 each. 299
Bill Bonner United States citizens seem to regard thrift as a mental disorder and not a virtue. In the private sector during 2005, for every $19 Americans earned, they spent $20. If a thinking person will look at it, the absurdity becomes glaring. America has become an “empire of debt” and is sowing the seeds of her own destruction. 299
Principle: A Strong National Defense
Name Quote Page
Benjamin Franklin Were everything in our power done for our security, as far as human means and foresight could provide, we might then, with more propriety, humbly ask the assistance of Heaven. 260
Benjamin Franklin The very fame of our strength and readiness would be a means of discouraging our enemies; for ’tis a wise and true saying, that “One sword often keeps another in the scabbard.” The way to secure peace is to be prepared for war. They that are on their guard, and appear ready to receive their adversaries, are in much less danger of being attacked than the supine, secure and negligent. 260
Benjamin Franklin Our security lies, I think, in our growing strength, both in numbers and wealth; that creates an increasing ability of assisting this nation in its wars, which will make us more respectable, our friendship more valued, and our enmity feared. 261
Benjamin Franklin make yourselves sheep, and the wolves will eat you. 261
Benjamin Franklin It is absurd, the pretending to be lovers of liberty while they grudge paying for the defense of it. 261
George Washington To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. 262
George Washington If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war. 264
Samuel Adams When the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defense of those very rights; the principle of which…are life, liberty, and property. 265
Samuel Adams The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave. 265
Alexander Hamilton Effective resistance to usurpers is possible only provided the citizens understand their rights and are disposed to defend them. xviii
Principle: The Duties of Citizenship
Name Quote Page
Thomas Jefferson [Man] has not natural right in opposition of his social duties. 133
John Adams Here [the convention for the forming of the Massachusetts Constitution] I found such chaos of absurd sentiments concerning government that I was obliged daily, before that assembly, and afterwards in a Grand Committee, to propose plans and advocate doctrines, which were extremely unpopular. 200
W. Cleon Skousen The people have the responsibility to keep a closer watch on their representatives and elect only those who will function within Constitutional boundaries. 208
John Adams Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people. 250
Alexis de Tocqueville In New England every citizen…is taught, moreover, the doctrines and evidences of his religion, the history of his country, and the leading features of its Constitution. In the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts, it is extremely rare to dins a man imperfectly acquainted with all these things, and a person wholly ignorant of this is a sort of phenomenon. 252
Alexis de Tocqueville No sort of comparison can be drawn between the pioneer and the dwelling that shelters him….He is acquainted with the past, curious about the future, and ready for argument about the present; he is, in short, a highly civilized being. 253
Thomas Jefferson Our endeavors should surely be to make our hemisphere that of freedom. 273
Peter Marshall I am rather tired of hearing about our rights and privileges as American citizens. The time is come, it is now, when we ought to hear about the duties and responsibilities of our citizenship. xix
Thomas Jefferson If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. xix
Ronald Mann Foresight through hindsight conduces insight. xx
Principle: Free-Market Economics and Low Taxes
Name Quote Page
W. Cleon Skousen It was in Jamestown that communal economics were experimentally tried out by these European immigrants, who found them to be worse than Plato described them. Eventually, it was in Jamestown that a system of free enterprise principles began to filter up. 2
Benjamin Franklin The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes, the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans, and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure. 68
W. Cleon Skousen Profits are looked upon as the means by which production of goods and services is made worthwhile. 180
W. Cleon Skousen By 1905 the United States had become the richest industrial nation in the world. 181
W. Cleon Skousen Only as the federal government has usurped authority and intermeddled with the free-market economy has this surge of prosperity and high production of goods and services been inhibited. 259
W. Cleon Skousen The fiscal failure of the New Deal experiments…Dr. Milton Friedman points out that after the federal government had spent many billions of dollars and had seriously meddled with the Constitutional structure of the nation, the unemployment rate was higher in 1938 than it had been in 1932. 300
W. Cleon Skousen Big spending, high taxes, oppressive government regulations, and mountainous debt is stifling the economy, inhibiting the rate of production. 302
Principle: God’s Hand in the Founding of the United States
Name Quote Page
W. Cleon Skousen Charles Bracelen Flood discovered in his research that during the Revolutionary War there were at least sixty-seven desperate moments when Washington acknowledged that he would have suffered disaster had not the hand of God intervened in behalf of the struggle for independence. 99
George Washington No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency. 100
John Jay It was the design of Providence that an inheritance so proper and convenient for a band of brethren, united to each other by the strongest ties, should never be split into a number of unsocial, jealous, and alien sovereignties. 308
Benjamin Rush Doctor Rush then proceeded to consider the origin of the proposed Constitution, and fairly deduced it was from heaven, asserting that he as much believed the hand of God was employed in this work as that God had divided the Red Sea. ii
James Madison It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it [the Constitution] a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution. iii
Charles Pinckney Nothing less than that superintending hand of Providence that so miraculously carried us through the war could have brought it [the Constitution] about. iv
George Washington The adoption of the Constitution will demonstrate as visibly the finger of Providence as any possible event in the course of human affairs can ever designate it. iv
Principle: Government of the People
Name Quote Page
W. Cleon Skousen “People’s Law” where the government is kept under the control of the people and political power is maintained at the balanced center with enough government to maintain security, justice, and good order, but not enough government to abuse the people. 10
W. Cleon Skousen The Founders recognized that the people cannot delegate to their government the power to do anything except that which they have the lawful right to do themselves. 115
Alexander Hamilton The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of national power ought to flow immediately from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority. 143
Massachusetts Proclamation January 1776 It is a maxim that in every government, there must exist, somewhere, a supreme, sovereign, absolute, and uncontrollable power; but this power resides always in the body of the people. 144
W. Cleon Skousen Theoretically, a democracy requires the full participation of the masses of the people in the legislative or decision-making process of government. 153
James Madison We may define a republic to be…a government which derives all of its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior. It is essential to such a government that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable portion or a favored class of it. 155
Principle: The United States as the ‘Hope of the World’
Name Quote Page
W. Cleon Skousen By 1970 a black high school student in Alabama or Mississippi had a better opportunity to get a college education than a white student in England. 109
Eldridge Cleaver I would rather be in jail in America than free anywhere else. 110
Eldridge Cleaver I was wrong and the Black Panthers were wrong…We [black Americans] are inside the system and I feel that the number one objective for Black America is to recognize that they have the same equal rights under the Constitution as Ford or Rockefeller, even if we have no blue-chip stocks. But our membership in the United States is the supreme blue-chip stock and the one we have to exercise. 111
W. Cleon Skousen Anyone who says the American Constitution is obsolete just because social and economic conditions have changed does not understand the real genius of the Constitution. 166
John Adams I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in Providence for the illumination of the ignorant, and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth. 274
W. Cleon Skousen John Adams later stated that if the people abandoned the freedom gained by the adoption of the Constitution, it would be “treason against the hopes of the world.” 307
James Madison Happily for America, happily we trust FOR THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE, they pursued a new and more noble course….which it is incumbent on their successors to improve and perpetuate. 310
James Madison They reared the fabrics of governments which have no model on the face of the globe. They formed the design of a great confederacy, which it is incumbent on their successors to improve and perpetuate. ii
Thomas Jefferson May you and your contemporaries preserve inviolate the Constitution, which, cherished in all its chastity and purity, will prove in the end a blessing to all the nations of the earth. v
W. Cleon Skousen Modern Americans seldom speak of it today, but originally this nation was considered the ‘hope of the world.’ xiii
Orrin Hatch The Constitution is not out of date. It is no more out of date than the desire for peace, freedom and prosperity is out of date. The Founders were not custom-building the Constitution for any particular age or economy. They were structuring a framework of government to fit the requirements of human nature. These do not change. xxi
Principle: Limited Power and Scope of Government
Name Quote Page
George Washington There is a natural and necessary progression, from the extreme of anarchy to the extreme of tyranny. 18
Benjamin Franklin I am apprehensive that the Government of these States may in future times end in a monarchy. But this catastrophe, I think, may be long delayed, if in our proposed system we do not sow the seeds of contention, faction, and tumult, by making our posts of honor places of profit. 19
Thomas Jefferson If a monarchist be in office, anywhere, and it be known to the President, the oath he has taken to support the Constitution imperiously requires the instantaneous dismission of such officer. 27
Thomas Jefferson The monarchical party, the branch of the administration pushing for a central government with massive powers. 28
Thomas Jefferson If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy. 29
Benjamin Franklin Place before the eyes of such men a post of honor, that shall be at the same time be a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it. 66
Benjamin Franklin Whenever an office, through the increase of fees or otherwise, becomes so profitable, as to occasion many to apply for it, the profits ought to be lessened by the legislature. 72
Thomas Jefferson Let no be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. 162
Thomas Jefferson It is jealousy, and not confidence, which prescribes limited constitutions to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power. 164
W. Cleon Skousen Every unconstitutional action has usually been justified because it was for a “good cause.” Every illegal transfer of power from one department to another has been excused as “necessary.” The whole explosion of bureaucratic power in Washington has been the result of “trusting” benign political leaders, most of whom really did have good intentions. 164
W. Cleon Skousen The Founders looked upon “government” as a volatile instrument of explosive power which must necessarily be harnessed within the confines of a strictly interpreted Constitution, or it would destroy the very freedom it was designed to preserve. 165
James Madison I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than violent and sudden usurpations….This danger ought to be wisely gaurded against. 166
James Madison It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequence [of governmental abuses] in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle [on which the abuses were based]. We revere this lesson too much…to forget it. 167
Grover Cleveland I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be consistently enforced that though the people support the Government the Government should not support the people.
The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon ti relieve their fellow citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the Government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of the kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.
177
Alexander Hamilton There is, in the nature of sovereign power, an impatience of control that disposes those who are invested with the exercise of it to look with an evil eye upon all external attempts to restrain or direct its operations….This tendency is not difficult to be accounted for. It has its origin in the love of power. Power controlled or abridged is almost always the rival and enemy of that power by which it is controlled or abridged. 224
John Fiske If the day should ever arrive (which God forbid!) when the people of the different parts of our country shall allow their local affairs to be administered by the prefects sent from Washington…the American people will have been robbed of its most interesting and valuable features, and the usefulness of this nation will be lamentably impaired. 240
Thomas Jefferson Our general [federal] government may be reduced to a very simple organization, and a very inexpensive one. 240
James Madison It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood. 246
W. Cleon Skousen Almost political suicide to try to change the trend. When it comes to cutting programs and reducing costs, balancing the budget, and eliminating deficit spending, it is amazing how few will make the necessary adjustment with the most violent outcries of protest when it affects them personally. 302
Principle: A Religious and Moral People
Name Quote Page
W. Cleon Skousen A fundamental presupposition of Natural Law is that man’s reasoning power is a special dispensation of the Creator and is closely akin to the rational or reasoning power of the Creator himself. 39
Benjamin Franklin Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt an vicious, they have more need of masters. 49
George Washington Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education…reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. 55
John Adams Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. 56
Samuel Adams Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of this country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man. 59
Benjamin Franklin I believe in one God, the Creator of the universe. That he governs it by his providence. That he ought to be worshiped. That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to his other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. 77
George Washington Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. 79
Alexis de Tocqueville Religion in America takes no direct part in the government of society, but it must be regarded as the first of their political institutions 80
Alexis de Tocqueville Each sect adores the Deity in its own peculiar manner, but all sects preach the same moral law. 81
Alexis de Tocqueville The law permits the Americans to do what they please, religion prevents them from conceiving, and forbids them to commit, what is rash or unjust. 82
W. Cleon Skousen In America, he [de Tocqueville] noted, the clergy remained politically separated from the government but nevertheless provided a moral stability among the people which permitted the government to prosper. In other words, there was separation of church and state but not separation of state and religion. 83
Alexis de Tocqueville America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. 84
Thomas Jefferson [The Constitution had created] a wall of separation between church and state. 89
Alexis de Tocqueville Almost all the disturbances of society arise from the irregularities of domestic life….An orderly life is the surest path to happiness. 281
Benjamin Franklin Separate, she wants his force of body and strength of reason; he, her softness, sensibility, and acute discernment. 285
John Quincy Adams From the day of the Declaration, the American people were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of the gospel, which they nearly all acknowledged as the rules of their conduct. xviii
Principle: Rights of Life, Liberty and Property
Name Quote Page
Samuel Adams The Utopian schemes of leveling [re-distribution of the wealth] and a community of goods [central ownership of the means of production and distribution], as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the Crown. 30
W. Cleon Skousen The Founders also warned that the only way for the nation to prosper was to have equal protection of “rights” and not all the government to get involved in the trying to provide equal distribution of “things” 30
Clarence Carson First, there is equality before the law…Second, the Declaration refers to an equality of rights. 104
W. Cleon Skousen It is remarkable that the Founders were able to establish a society of freedom and opportunity which would attract so many millions of immigrants. Secondly, it is even more remarkable that within two or three generations nearly all of these millions of immigrants became first-class citizens. 106
W. Cleon Skousen Within weeks the vast Japanese population in California had been hauled off to concentration camps in the Rocky Mountains. J. Edgar Hoover knew there were practically no espionage agents among them. The few security risks had already been identified and incarcerated. He vigorously protested the Japanese evacuation and so did many others, but all to no avail.
The Japanese could have been very bitter, but to the ultimate embarrassment and chagrin of those who had engineered this fiasco, they loyally mobilized their sons and sent them into the American armed services as volunteers! Japanese-American regiments were among the most decorated in World War II. They went into the military ranks under suspicion and resentment, but they came out in hero roles. A few years later the entire state of California was represented in the Senate by a Japanese-American.
108
Alexander Hamilton Inequality would exist as long as liberty existed….It would unavoidably result from that very liberty itself. 112
W. Cleon Skousen The Founders distinguished between equal rights and other areas where equality is impossible. They recognized that society should seek to provide equal opportunity but not expect equal results[; provide equal freedom but not equal capacity; provide equal rights but not equal possessions; provide equal protection but not equal status; provide equal educational opportunities but not equal grades. 112
W. Cleon Skousen The American Founders recognized that the moment the government is authorized to start leveling the material possessions of the rich in order to have an “equal distribution of goods,” the government thereafter has the power to deprive ANY of the people of their “equal” rights to enjoy their lives, liberties, and property. 116
W. Cleon Skousen When the Communists seized power in Hungary, the peasants were delighted with the “justice” of having the large farms confiscated from their owners and given to the peasants. Later the Communist leaders seized three-fourths of the peasant land and took it back to set up government communal farms. Immediately the peasants howled in protest about their property rights. 117
W. Cleon Skousen There was to be no special penalty for getting rich. 117
W. Cleon Skousen The Founders felt that America would become a nation dominated by a prosperous middle class with a few people becoming rich. As for the poor, the important thing was to insure the freedom to prosper so that no one would be locked into the poverty level the way people have been in all other parts of the world. 118
Samuel Adams The Utopian schemes of leveling [re-distribution of the wealth] and a community of goods [central ownership of the means of production and distribution], are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the Crown. [These ideas] are arbitrary, despotic, and in our government, unconstitutional. 119
W. Cleon Skousen Counter-productive compassion 119
John Adams All men are born free and independent, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights, among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property; in fine, that of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness. 127
William Blackstone And these [great natural rights] may be reduced to three principal or primary articles: the right of personal security; the right of personal liberty; and the right of private property. 127
James Madison Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property. 154
W. Cleon Skousen Dominion means control, and control requires exclusiveness, private rights in property. 170
Abraham Lincoln Property is the fruit of labor. Property is desirable, is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently to build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence….I take it that it is best for all to leave each man free to acquire property as fast as he can. Some will get wealthy. I don’t believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. 173
George Sutherland The individual–the man–has three great rights, equally sacred from arbitrary interference: the right to his LIFE, the right to his LIBERTY, the right to his PROPERTY….The three rights are so bound together as to be essentially one right. 173
John Adams Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. 174
John Locke For the preservation of property being the end of government, and that for which men enter into society, it necessarily supposes and requires that the people should have property. 174
James Madison Government is instituted to protect property….Personal liberty is violated by arbitrary seizures of one class of citizens for the service of the rest. 175
US Supreme Court No man would become a member of a community in which he could not enjoy the fruits of his honest labor and industry. The preservation of property, then, is a primary object of the social compact….The legislature, therefore, had no authority to make an act divesting one citizen of his freehold, and vesting it in another. 175
Thomas Jefferson By placing under every one what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the best. What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body. 238
Principle: The Structure of Government
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W. Cleon Skousen What is Left? What is Right? These terms actually refer to the manner in which the various parties are seated in the parliaments of Europe. 9
W. Cleon Skousen The platform of a political party of one generation can hardly be recognized by the next. 9
W. Cleon Skousen After four month of debate they were able to reach general agreement on just about everything except the issues of slavery, proportionate representation, and the regulation of commerce. All three of these issues had to be settle by compromise. It is a mistake, however, to describe the rest of the Constitution as a “conglomerate of compromises,” because extreme patience was used to bring the minds of the delegates into agreement rather simply force the issue to finality with a compromise. 22
James Madison Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks, no form of government, can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men; so that we do not depend upon their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them. 54
J. Reuben Clark Jr. It is this union of independence and dependence of these branches–legislative, executive and judicial–and of the governmental functions possessed by each of them, that constitutes the marvelous genius of this unrivaled document. The Framers had no direct guide in this work, no historical governmental precedent upon which to rely. As I see it, it was here that the divine inspiration came. It was truly a miracle. 211
W. Cleon Skousen What the Founders wished to achieve in the Constitution of 1787 was machinery for the peaceful means of self-repair when the system went out of balance. 214
W. Cleon Skousen The protection of states’ rights by this means [state legislators selecting their US Senators] was completely wiped out by the passage of the Seventeenth Amendment. 226
W. Cleon Skousen Unanimity is the ideal, but majority rule becomes a necessity. 229
Alexander Hamilton If a pertinacious minority can control the opinion of a majority…the smaller number will overrule that of the greater…Hence, tedious delays; continual negotiation and intrigue; contemptible compromises of the public good. 231
Thomas Jefferson The way to have good and safe government is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to every one exactly the functions he is competent to [perform best]. 238
Thomas Jefferson The true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best, that the states are independent as to everything within themselves, and united as to everything respecting foreign nations. 239
W. Cleon Skousen They [the Founders] desired to cultivate a wholesome relationship with ALL nations, but they wished to remain aloof from sectional quarrels and international disputes. 268

The Race for President: Barack Obama Analyzed

Next in our series of analytics on presidential hopefuls we have Barack Obama. Please refer to my previous post documenting the criteria on which all the candidates are graded to get more detail on the standard of performance expected in these areas.

About the Candidate: Democrat Barack Obama is the junior Senator from Illinois. He lived for most of his childhood in Hawaii and Jakarta, Indonesia. Obama worked as a university lecturer, and civil rights lawyer (an associate attorney with Miner, Barnhill & Galland from 1993 to 1996) before running for public office. He served in the Illinois State Senate from 1997 to 2004, before launching his campaign for U.S. Senate in 2003.

Issue/Voting Criteria Candidate’s Stance Candidate’s Record Grade
1. Strengthening the Family From Obama’s website
“Strong families raise successful children and keep communities together. While Senator Obama does not believe that we can simply legislate healthy families, good parenting skills or economic success, he does believe we can eliminate roadblocks that parents face and provide tools to help them succeed.”
From Obama’s website
“Obama worked with churches, Chicago residents and local government to set up job training programs for the unemployed and after school programs for kids.”
From the Washington Post
-Obama voted against a bill to add an amendment to the Constitution of the United States defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
From Project Vote Smart
-Senator Obama did not vote on a bill that would have prohibited the government from funding organizations that perform abortions
-He voted to authorize additional grants for sexual education programs in schools
-He voted against a bill that criminalizes the transportation of pregnant minors across state lines to get an abortion.
C
1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion From a Speech posted on his website
-“I also think that we should give them (poor girls and boys) the information about contraception that can prevent unwanted pregnancies, lower abortion rates, and help assure that that every child is loved and cherished.”
-Obama does not oppose abortion because he cannot “explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.”
D
1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage
From His Website
-“Obama also believes we need to fully repeal the Defense of Marriage Act” which mandates that the Federal Government may not recognize same-sex marriages
-“Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman”
F
2. Defending Our Country From Obama’s website
-“Senator Obama has fought to strengthen America’s position in the world.”
-He “
supported efforts to base homeland security spending on risk rather than pork-barrel politics. He has also introduced legislation to strengthen chemical plant and drinking water security and to enhance disaster preparedness.
From Wikipedia.org
Obama introduced the “Iraq War De-Escalation Act,” a bill proposing to cap troop levels in Iraq, begin phased redeployment, and remove all combat brigades from Iraq
From the Washington Post
-Obama supported the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 which would have provided a path to citizenship for millions of illegal aliens
-Obama was one of 14 Senators that voted
against a bill funding the troops in Iraq in May of 2007 .
-Obama voted for the non-binding resolution (that was ultimately defeated) that would have revised U.S. policy on Iraq and directed the president to begin a phased redeployment (i.e. surrender) of U.S. forces
From Project Vote Smart
-Senator Obama voted to give terrorists detained in Guantanamo Habeus Corpus rights.
-He voted against a bill that would deny legal status to undocumented immigrants convicted of felonies
D
2A. Defeating Terrorists From Obama’s website
-Obama, in theory, opposes “the spread of weapons of mass destruction,” though he “said that [the Iraq War] was wrong in its conception…[and that] Saddam Hussein posed no imminent threat to the United States.”
F
2B. Protecting Our Borders From Obama’s website
-“Barack Obama has played a leading role in crafting comprehensive immigration reform. ”
-He believes the recent immigration debate “has allowed the illegal immigration problem to worsen, with borders that are less secure than ever and an economy that depends on millions of workers living in the shadows.”
F
3. Free Market Economic Policy From Remarks on Tax Fairness
Obama seems to want to eliminate economic risk and have the government guarantee “that if you work hard, your work will be rewarded.”
-“we should be insisting that everyone pays their fair share [of taxes], and when I’m
President, they will.”
From Wikipedia.org
-As a state legislator, Obama sponsored a law enhancing tax credits for low-income workers, negotiated welfare reform, and promoted increased subsidies for child care.
From the Washington Post
-Obama voted against a bill that would have cut nearly $40 billion in waste from the federal budget by imposing substantial changes on welfare, child support and student lending programs.
-He voted against establishing a free trade zone between the United States and several Central American countries
From Project Vote Smart
-Obama voted against repealing the estate tax (or death tax) because, he says, it only benefits the wealthiest Americans
-He voted for the SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) bill which would have provide government health care to children up to age 25 and poor families up to $80,000 in yearly income.
F
3A. Lower Taxes From Remarks on Tax Fairness
-Obama believes that the current tax system “disproportionately benefits the wealthiest
Americans” (even though the wealthier you are the higher tax rate you pay).
-Obama opposes “the Bush tax cuts” because it “gave the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans a tax cut that was twice as large as the middle class.”
-yet he says he would “reward work by providing an income tax cut of up to $500 per person” which sounds awfully similiar to the Bush tax cuts.
-Obama supports “cutting taxes for working people, homeowners, and seniors”
D
3B. Smaller Government From Obama’s website
-Finding a right in the constitution that I have never seen, Obama says “every American has the right to affordable health care,” and proposes a massive “new national health plan.”
-Obama opposes any legislation he considers “threats to Social Security and Medicare.”
From Wikipedia.org
-“I am absolutely determined that by the end of the first term of the next president, we should have universal health care in this country.”
F

Now this a bit of a surprise to me, but Barack Obama comes out with a grade point average of 0.56, even lower than Hillary Clinton. It turns out that Barack and Hillary score exactly the same (dismally low) on Strengthening the Family and Economic issues. But Barack’s record on defense and national security issues is far worse than Hillary’s (and her’s is not very good either).

The Race for President: Mike Huckabee Analyzed

Next in this exercise of analyzing the presidential candidates we have Republican Mike Huckabee, who has been surging in popularity of late, though still a long-shot to win the nomination.

About the candidate: Mike Huckabee is the former governor of Arkansas, having served from 1996 to 2007. Huckabee is an ordained Southern Baptist minister. Prior to his political career, Huckabee was pastor of several Southern Baptist churches. He served as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention from 1989 to 1991 and as president of a religion-oriented television station.

Issue/Voting Criteria Candidate’s Stance Candidate’s Record Grade
1. Strengthening the Family From Huckabee’s website
My faith is my life – it defines me. My faith doesn’t influence my decisions, it drives them. I don’t separate my faith from my personal and professional lives.
From Wikipedia.org
-While Governor, Huckabee signed the “Covenant Marriage Act”, which compels the couple to seek counseling if problems develop during the marriage, provides limited grounds for divorce or separation, and restricts lawsuits against spouses. Huckabee said the law, “offers couples a chance to be held to a higher level of marital commitment.”
-Huckabee opposes abortions, same-sex marriages, and civil unions
From Right Wing News
-Huckabee has a superb record on right to life issues, and supports an amendment to protect marriage
A
1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion From Huckabee’s website
I support and have always supported passage of a constitutional amendment to protect the right to life. My convictions regarding the sanctity of life have always been clear and consistent, without equivocation or wavering. I believe that Roe v. Wade should be over-turned.
A
1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage
From Huckabee’s website
I support and have always supported passage of a federal constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
A
2. Defending Our Country From Huckabee’s website
-Our Founding Fathers wanted to guarantee our God-given liberties. They wanted us to be able to defend ourselves, and that’s why they gave us the Second Amendment.
-A nation must provide its citizens freedom and security. A nation must be able to defend itself and feed itself. We have learned how disastrous it is to be dependent on other countries for our energy needs.
From Wikipedia.org
-Huckabee supported a 2005 bill to make some illegal aliens eligible for scholarships and in-state college tuition
-Regarding his position to give public benefits to children of illegal immigrants, he said, “I have always said you don’t punish a child for the crime of a parent”
-Huckabee supports the War in Iraq, the troop surge and the continued operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp
-He believes the United States’ number one priority should be to secure America’s borders. However, Huckabee supports a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
A
2A. Defeating Terrorists From Huckabee’s website
I believe that we are currently engaged in a world war. Radical Islamic fascists have declared war on our country and our way of life. This war is not a conventional war, and these terrorists are not a conventional enemy. I will fight the war on terror with the intensity and single-mindedness that it deserves.
A
2B. Protecting Our Borders From Huckabee’s website
My number one priority is to secure America’s border. I opposed the amnesty bill that was defeated by the Senate in June.
B
3. Free Market Economic Policy From Huckabee’s website
-I believe in free trade, but it has to be fair trade.
-Globalization, done right, done fairly, can be the equivalent of a big pay raise by allowing us to buy things more cheaply.
-We don’t need universal health care mandated by federal edict or funded through ever-higher taxes.
From Wikipedia.org
-As Governor, Huckabee signed into law a 3 cent per gallon increase in tax on gasoline
-He led a campaign to funnel 100 percent of the state’s tobacco settlement revenues into the health care system, rather than the general fund.
-He signed a tax on private nursing homes for $5.25 per day per non-Medicare patient
-He was named “Friend of a Taxpayer” by American for Tax Reform (ATR) for his cut in statewide spending
-Huckabee publicly opposed the repeal of a sales tax on groceries and medicine in 2002

From Huckabee’s website

As Governor of Arkansas:
– I pushed through a $90 million tax relief package
– I doubled the standard deduction for taxpayers
-I eliminated the marriage penalty and capital gains tax on home sales
– I cut taxes and fees nearly 100 times, saving the people of Arkansas almost $380 million.
– When I left office, AR had a nearly $850 million state surplus
B
3A. Lower Taxes From Huckabee’s website
-I am running to completely eliminate all federal income and payroll taxes.
-I support the FairTax, a consumption tax, like the taxes on retail sales
B
3B. Smaller Government From Huckabee’s website
-To control spending, I believe the President should have the line-item veto.
-Government deficits are is not due to Americans’ being under-taxed, but to the government’s over-spending.
B

Mike Huckabee’s grade point average comes out to 3.56 on a 4 point scale, which is lower than I expected. I was surprised at Huckabee’s poor economic record relating to his support for tax increases. Also hurting Huckabee was his weak stance on illegal immigration. On the plus side, Huckabee is the first candidate I have examined to get a perfect score on the Strengthening the Family category.