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WASHINGTON – Change.
It sounds good.
It sounded good to Americans in 2008.
But change can be a double-edged sword, as a new book and video series reveals in vivid detail.
Written and produced by the prolific Bill Federer, the book and video series make the case that over 6,000 years of recorded human history, power, like gravity, seems to inevitably concentrate into the hands of the few – often even one individual, sometimes called pharaoh, caesar, czar, kaiser, king, caliph, emperor, monarch, sultan, president or communist dictator.
No matter what the autocratic leader’s particular title is, the default setting for human government throughout history has been monarchy.
So how rare is America’s experiment with a republic?
On the spectrum of human government, one side is total government with power concentrated in the hands of a totalitarian dictator, and the other side is no government – anarchy.
America, out of all previous nations on earth, was able to get closest to the anarchy side of the spectrum and still maintain order because of a secret ingredient – Judeo-Christian morality, finds Federer. Society could exist with less external control because citizens had more internal control. The founders didn’t see it as anarchy, of course. They saw it as liberty and self-government – meaning citizens governed themselves.
When power is concentrated, the state is supreme. When power is separated, the individual is supreme. America’s founders had a unique window of opportunity to maximize the freedom and opportunity of the individual.
James Wilson, who signed the Declaration and Constitution, and was appointed by George Washington to the Supreme Court, remarked November 26, 1787: “After a period of 6,000 years has elapsed since the creation, the United States exhibit to the world the first instance … of a nation … assembling voluntarily … and deciding calmly concerning that system of government under which they … should live.”
Ronald Reagan stated in 1961: “In this country of ours took place the greatest revolution that has ever taken place in the world’s history. …Every other revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another.”
According to Federer, with the abandonment of that morality, every new crisis leads to power moving away from the people back into the hands of a central government.
Woodrow Wilson warned in New York, 1912: “The history of Liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. When we resist, therefore, the concentration of power, we are resisting the powers of death, because concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human liberties.”
Ronald Reagan stated at St. John’s University, New York, March 28, 1985:
“Government that is big enough to give you everything you want is more likely to simply take everything you’ve got.”
At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin addressed the “Dangers of a Salaried Bureaucracy” (The World’s Famous Orations, America: I, 1761–1837, 1906, III): “There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh – get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever … I am apprehensive that the government of the States may, in future times, end in a monarchy.”
President William Henry Harrison warned in his Inaugural Address, 1841: “The tendency of power to increase itself, particularly when exercised by a single individual … would terminate in virtual monarchy … The tendencies of all such governments in their decline is to monarchy.”
George Washington warned in his Farewell Address, 1796: “Disorders and miseries … gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an Individual … [who] turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public … and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism.”
Daniel Webster warned in 1802: “We live under the only government that ever existed which was framed by the unrestrained and deliberate consultations of the people. Miracles do not cluster. That which has happened but once in 6,000 years cannot be expected to happen often. Such a government, once gone, might leave a void, to be filled, for ages, with revolution and tumult, riot and despotism. The history of the world is before us.”
Why did America’s experiment of people ruling themselves result in freedom and opportunity, whereas in former Soviet states it has resulted in organized crime and in Middle East it is resulting in Muslim Brotherhood totalitarian Shariah law?
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