Be Careful What You Wish For

I used to watch a lot of crime shows on TV and I recall watching one once in which a detective was talking about the modus operandi of cult leaders. The detective was saying that cult leaders are, more often than not, charismatic and well spoken, and they prey upon the sentiments and weaknesses of those whom they wish to seduce into their cult. By saying things that people want to hear these cult leaders lure people into following them; often to their later regret. Jonestown is a perfect example; I’m sure had Jim Jones told people at the very beginning that if they followed him he was going to tell them to drink poisoned Kool Aid the people would not have so readily followed him.

Why do I bring up cults? Well I see a similarity between how cult leaders operate and the Trump movement. Trump may be rough and abrasive, but he is saying things that play to people’s frustrations with the federal government; and its working because he is winning. Trump may believe the things he’s saying, or he could just be saying them to garner enough support to win the nomination; who knows? You see, above all things Trump craves attention. How many other wealthy businessmen can you name who have had their own Reality TV show or runs the celebrity talk show circuit like he has?

I’ve heard numerous complaints by so-called conservatives about the narcissistic qualities of Barack Obama; but is not Trump a narcissist as well? I think narcissism is almost a pre-requisite for anyone seeking the office of president, as who would submit themselves to that degree of inquiry into their lives unless they thrived on the attention being given them. But there is another, less talked about quality of narcissism that people need to understand; narcissism is also defined as, “extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type.”

Extreme narcissists don’t take it well when people disagree with them. How many times have we heard Obama say something along the lines of ‘I don’t need Congress, I have a phone and a pen?’ Narcissists will often bypass conventional methods to get what they want; and in a Constitutional Republic that is a dangerous quality.

As flawed as our Constitution is, (primarily due to the lack of safeguards for our liberty and the means to resist the encroaching power of the entity it creates), it is still the law of the land and was written in such a way as to provide certain checks and balances to keep each branch within the specific powers granted it.

As originally written the Senate was to be the voice of the States while the House was to be the voice of the people in government. These two bodies provided checks against each other in that if the representatives of the States decided a piece of legislation introduced by the representatives of the people overstepped the limits defined by the Constitution, they could reject it. The opposite was true as well; if the representatives of the people decided that a piece of legislation introduced by the Senate was detrimental to the welfare of the people they could reject it.

Then there was the fact that the Congress as a whole was to be a check against the power of the Executive, (president), in that they could override a veto, or impeach the president should he overstep the powers granted the Executive Branch by the Constitution.

A narcissist does not play well within such confines; they will ignore the limitations upon their office and seek to get their way regardless of whether the Constitution actually grants them the authority and power to do so.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many things Trump says that, in theory, I agree with. I believe jobs need to be brought back to America and immigration needs to be addressed; but Trump comes across as saying ‘I’m going to do this and if Congress doesn’t like it they can go to hell!’

If that be the case, what makes Trump followers any better than the followers of Barack Obama who have stood by and said nothing to his sidestepping of Constitutional authority to the office he holds? What it all boils down to is people do not care about the limits imposed on the office of the president by the Constitution; they are okay with abuses of power by a president…as long as the abuses of power are for things that they support.

Trump may speak about things that I tend to agree with in some cases, but he is also petulant and arrogant; and these are not the kind of qualities we need in the man, or woman for that matter, who will be the representative of America on the world stage. Can you picture Trump calling Putin the names he called Jeb Bush or Ted Cruz? What would that do to America’s already poor image? America is already viewed by many across the world, and often rightfully so, as a bully. A Trump presidency could only exacerbate that were he to go around insulting the heads of state of other countries.

The other day a person I truly like told me that if it came down to a vote between Trump and Hillary it was a no-brainer, he was voting for Trump. Sure, Hillary is evil incarnate. Were she to be sent to hell, within six weeks she’d have evicted Satan himself and taken the place over. Hillary feels that she is entitled to the office of president and that Barack Obama stole it from her way back when he first came onto the political scene.

A Hillary presidency would be worse than what we’ve seen under Obama; of that I’m certain, but is Trump really any better? Just because he campaigns on things that resonate with a large portion of America does not make him ‘GOOD’ for America. One must also remember that Adolf Hitler was elected democratically. Hitler campaigned on issues that a large portion of the German people felt strongly about; those who were disenchanted with the existing leaders and sought a strong, charismatic, and like minded candidate. And look at how well that worked out for Germany.

The problem in America today is that party has taken precedent over principle; the people’s allegiance to political parties has pushed aside allegiance to the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, and the specific powers granted government by the Constitution. Far too many people are willing to sacrifice their belief in the limited government outlined by the Constitution just to stop someone they like less than the candidate they end up voting for. This voting for the lesser of two evils will never end because until the people start demanding a higher quality of candidate, and refusing to vote for anyone who meets their expectations, they will continue to get sub-par candidates; men and women who are unworthy of the office they seek.

Until the people learn what powers the Constitution grants government, and then demanding that government stick to those specific powers, nothing is going to change. We can flip flop back and forth between Republican presidents and Democratic presidents until we are blue in the face and nothing will get better. One has to remember that it is Congress that has the lawmaking authority, not the president. By seeking to put all their eggs in one basket, (voting for a presidential candidate who makes the best sounding promises) they are conceding the fact that they do not understand the various powers granted each branch of the federal government.

On top of all that they are admitting that they are ignorant to the specific powers granted government as an entity and saying that they want government to do things that are not among the powers granted it. This goes for supporters of any candidate, be it Trump, Clinton, or Sanders.

If Madison was not lying just to see the Constitution ratified, then there is something you need to read. In Federalist 45 James Madison stated, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”

By your voting for Trump, with all his promises to build a wall, bring back jobs, kick ISIS’s ass, and all that other rhetoric, you are saying that what Madison said does not matter; that the specific powers granted government by the Constitution are unimportant; that government can, and ought to, exceed those powers.

In short, you are saying the Constitution is irrelevant; outdated, and useless and ought to be ignored. If that be the case, then the government it created is outdated and useless and I have the right to ignore the laws it passes as well; because without the Constitution there WOULD BE NO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!
It just amazes me the lack of rational thinking that goes on in this country. An overwhelming majority of the people would follow someone who loudly espoused the same beliefs they held right off a cliff like a bunch of lemmings. They would throw their support behind candidates who, by their own words, would tear down the boundaries between the branches of power within our government and destroy the liberty it was established to preserve.

And it doesn’t matter if it is a Republican or a Democrat who pounds the final nail into the coffin that holds liberty; once it’s gone, it’s gone!

You may believe that America is a democracy, that the voice of the people is all that is required to grant government the authority to do things that it is not specifically authorized to do. But John Adams once said, “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.”

Adams also said, “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever.”

Keep those thoughts in the back of your head for the day when you finally wake up and realize that you have been used as tools to be the means of bringing about your own enslavement; and remember that I tried to warn you.

About Br'er Rabbit

I'm just one person out of millions of others. The only thing different about me is that I don't walk around with my head up my ass.
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