… If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions… – Federalist No. 51 (Hamilton or Madison, 1788)
I can see the Democrats turning a blind eye to the consequences of the party’s actions. On the other hand, I can see them having us follow the Pied Piper. Whether the party showed its historic contempt and belligerence, whether the government has finally obliged itself to rule itself, or whether a fine line exists between a blind eye, someone blinking, or following blindly, we must follow our constitution and have our government oblige itself to control—or rule—itself. Time marches on.
I heard a comment on one of the news-radio channels last night, I think NPR, about how the Republicans would like to rule, so they would like control of both the House and Senate. Moreover, the commentary went on about how, for some reason, the Democrats wanted them to have both houses, the entire Congress. Will their having only one house of Congress be enough? Will those in power get the message?
The concept of enemies came up as well. Certainly Republicans seem to neglect their duties just as much as Democrats. However, not allowing opposing views only works well when you’re in all-out-war, and then only a general would see later freedom of the press as a bad thing. Lucky for us, Ulysses S. Grant still had a president and Congress to answer to, even for him. Swift Boat and Birther attacks aside, both parties engage in attack, and it has reared its ugly head during this administration.
I never heard about the “anti-birther”-like attacks that occurred during the Warren Commission until seeing the Democrats argue and lie about birth certificates so much, or is it Obama’s enemies? Certainly both parties in power can lie. But I think it fitting to use lyrics from a song off of a Roger Waters album, Amused by Death (1991), the song “What God Wants, Part I.” Kind of reminiscent there’s peace in the end, it goes, “What God wants, God gets. God help us all.”
Our great republic gets a little older, and we’ve kept it with another election, a peaceful change of power, demonstrating its age, needs, and that it can still oblige itself to control itself as our Founding Fathers intended. Moreover, our system shows its immortal soul of sorts with this peaceful revolution. Does it also show its youth in electing a president from such a “young” state? I suppose other systems—other countries—can demonstrate meaningful things like these, and ours can if it follows its constitution. E pluribus unum.