Ellis Washington is a former staff editor of the Michigan Law Review and law clerk at the Rutherford Institute. He is a professor of Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, and Contracts at the National Paralegal College, a counselor at the American College of Education, and a founding board member of Salt and Light Global. Washington is a co-host of "Joshua's Trial," a radio show of Christian conservative thought. A graduate of JohnMore ↓Less ↑
Birth of a Tragedy: President Wilson
Our obsession with the Constitution has saddled us with a dysfunctional political system, kept us from debating the merits of divisive issues and inflamed our public discourse. Instead of arguing about what is to be done, we argue about what James Madison might have wanted done 225 years ago.
~ professor Louis Seidman, Georgetown Law School
One hundred years of collective dementia led us to the Progressive generation (c. 1900), causing a once-great nation to forget America’s unalienable truths they inherited 100 years before from our Founding Fathers.
It was about 100 years ago when Russian communist tyrant Vladimir Lenin said, “Give me four years to teach the children, and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” Why did Lenin just want the children? Because Marxists, socialists and fascists are all such master manipulators of human nature and understood that a child’s mind was essentially a tabula rasa (blank slate) whereby the State could purge their minds of any and all remnants of God, tradition, truth, liberty and rewrite their perverse Darwinian, Marxist and socialist worldview of history onto these impressionable young minds, which, if done systematically, would endure for 1,000 years.
One hundred years of collective dementia sought to double down on Woodrow Wilson’s tyranny of 1913 with Barack Obama’s Saul Alinsky fascism of 2013.
Historically, professors were one of society’s gatekeepers, but since the advent of the Progressive Revolution (c. 1900–present), this once-revered class of scholars, academics and intellectuals have shamelessly betrayed our nation’s trust as gatekeepers and guardians of the canon, tradition, history and truth. This collective treachery by the Academy reminds me of that famous aphorism by the Roman poet, Juvenal – Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? [Who guards the guardians?]
This brings us to Exhibit A – professor Louis Michael Seidman, a professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University who as one of these gatekeepers has a simple[minded] plan for getting the U.S. back on track in his New York Times op-ed, which bears the treasonous title, “Let’s give up on the Constitution.”
“As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit,” Seidman writes, “our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.”
One hundred years of collective dementia resurrected a Barack Obama to become Woodrow Wilson reborn!
For example, you remember the year 1913, an infamous year that some members of the contemporary press dubbed “The Worst Year Ever.” Let’s find out why:
In 1913 President Woodrow Wilson gave America the 16th Amendment (federal income tax), which over the past 100 years has made the states slaves to the leviathan federal government arrogantly ignoring Chief Justice John Marshall’s famous warning in McCulloch v. Maryland (1819), “That the power to tax involves the power to destroy.”
In 1913 President Woodrow Wilson gave America the Federal Reserve Act usurping Congress’ enumerated powers under Article I, Section 8, to print money, control interests rates and operate the Department of the Treasury. Instead Congress gave their constitutional powers to a shadow government of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats of the Federal Reserve whose allegiance isn’t to the Constitution, nor to We the People, but to legions of lobbyists, international industrialists and international banking cartels.
In 1913 President Woodrow Wilson shackled America with the 17th Amendment, which overturned the direct election of U.S. senators by state legislators and opened it up to statewide elections. The historical fallout? Senators have no fear of the electorate, nor constitutional allegiance to their individual states, but only to the tyrannical, socialist dictates of the federal government in Washington, D.C., which has lead to over a $16 trillion deficit.
One hundred years of collective dementia – from the Federal Reserve Act to Obamacare.
Yet from the grave I hear Rep. Louis McFadden cry out to us to remember the past! As chairman of the House Commission on Banking and Currency from 1920 to 1931, he literally wrote seven years after Wilson’s birth of a tragedy, “When the Federal Reserve Act was passed the people of these United States did not perceive that a world banking system was being set up here. A super-state controlled by international bankers and international industrialists acting together to enslave the world for their own pleasure. Every effort has been made by the Fed [Reserve] to conceal its powers, but the truth is – the Fed has usurped the government!”
When Seidman writes, “The two main rival interpretive methods, ‘originalism’ (divining the framers’ intent) and ‘living constitutionalism’ (reinterpreting the text in light of modern demands), cannot be reconciled,” he is both intellectually and historically correct, because the latter was a false, unconstitutional progressive doctrine invented by Woodrow Wilson specifically to undermine Natural Law and the legality/morality synthesis of the constitutional framers.
When Seidman writes, “Some decisions have been grounded in one school of thought, and some in the other. Whichever your philosophy, many of the results – by definition – must be wrong,” this idea reminds me of the Second Law of Thermodynamics (entropy) whereby two things cannot occupy the same space at the same time.
It was President John Adams who foretold the willful, collective ignorance of a people who despises God, the Constitution, history, economics and truth when he wrote, “All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in our Constitution; not from want of honour or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.”
One hundred years of collective historical dementia led directly to 315,000,000 people contentedly ruled over by a demagogue and few fascists in Washington, D.C.