Monday, October 18, 2004

1814 to 2004 A message from Daniel Webster

In 1814, with the war of 1812 still resounding in the ears of legislators, Congress was considering giving powers of conscription to the young American government. Below, are the words of Daniel Webster as delivered to that Congress, in 1814.

"Where is it written in the Constitution, in what article or section is
it contained, that you may take children from their parents and parents
from their children, and compel them to fight the battles of any war in
which the folly and wickedness of the government may engage itself?

"Under what concealment has this power lain hidden, which now for the
first time comes forth, with a tremendous and baleful aspect, to trample down and destroy the dearest right of personal liberty? Who will show me any Constitutional injunction which makes it the duty of the American people to surrender everything valuable in life, and even life, itself, whenever the purposes of an ambitious and mischievous government may require it? . . .

"A free government with an uncontrolled power of military conscription
is the most ridiculous and abominable contradiction and nonsense that
ever entered into the heads of men."

Daniel Webster, Speech in the House of Representatives, January 14, 1814

As has been pointed out before, our forefathers did foresee the possibility of reckless, power obsessed men, forming the government of the United States and perverting that office in pursuit of private goals and personal enrichment.

The "ambitious and mischievous government" Mr. Webster spoke of is in control of state power, at this moment. A government of men determined to turn once democratic America into an Imperial Republic. A Republic willing to consume it's citizens in it's quest for political and economic domination of foreign governments and peoples.

A government bent on redrawing the economic and geopolitical map of the world. To create a world more conducive to the long range plans of the corporate interests this government represents..

During the wimpy Presidential debates, Bush told us, in a rambling barely coherent statement, that the kind of men he would appoint to the Supreme Court would be men that interpret the constitution by what was actually written. It was an intentionally vague statement. I can only hope that the President was thinking of men like Daniel Webster. Unfortunately, I doubt that such would be the case.

One suspects in today's America, Daniel Webster would quickly find himself on the Patriot Act watch list as a dangerous radical with possible terrorist ties.

Our President is, himself, a dangerous radical. A man bent on the changing the course and the very nature of America and what it means to be an American. He has surrounded himself with powerful men committed to the same dark goal. That of turning America into an Imperial Republic. A power freed of democratic constraints with no duties to it's citizenry.

For whatever his handlers believe, George believes he has been appointed to the Presidency by God. He believes he is on a mission from God. His foreign policy agenda is inspired by his adherence to the idea that these are the "end times" in which the forces of good and evil will clash in final conflict, in and over Israel.
Armageddon. Quite literally, he is leading America and the world to Armageddon.

Numerous dooms day cults have found their inspiration, at least partly, from their reading of Revelations. Jim Jones, and David Koresh, immediately come to mind.

The idea of a slow witted member of a mainstream doomsday cult being the President of the United States, fills a sane, aware person with dread.

"Where is it written in the Constitution, in what article or section is
it contained, that you may take children from their parents and parents
from their children, and compel them to fight the battles of any war in
which the folly and wickedness of the government may engage itself?

A big thanks to Thomas McCullock for reminding me of this quote from Daniel Webster. It is even more relevent now, than when first spoken to a young American Congress nearly two hundred years ago.


At 9:35 PM, Blogger Randall S. Andrews said...

1. Webster's speech is a very powerful argument.
2. I'm afraid that many in this Administration have something much darker in mind than an Imperial Republic. Find out about Leo Strauss, Allan Bloom and their relationship to the Project for the New American Century and its representatives in the Administration--Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Libby.
A good place to start is
3. The appointment of Supreme Court Justices is a very scary proposition. While Bush was saying nonsense about so-called strict constructionists (those who say they will rule only in accordance with the intent of the Constitution, which in and of itself is a big, steamy, stinking pile of Bushwaw) he has made it clear on other occasions, and through appointments to lower courts that the Justices he admires most are Scalia and Thomas, radical reactionary revisionists activist Justices (who, by the way, made a lot of hooplah during their confirmation hearings that they were "strict constructionists" and would not be like the "liberal activists" appointed to the Court--mostly by FDR, but also by Ike, JFK, and LBJ.) In fact, Scalia and Thomas take stances that are anti-Constitutional and would have been reactionary in 1776. If they had been alive then, both would have been radical Tories. To get a good idea of what the US would be like with Scalia/Thomas clone majority, read "Imagining America if George Bush Chose the Supreme Court" By Adam Cohen Published in the October 18, 2004, New York Times.

At 10:34 PM, Blogger ThomasMcCay said...

For my part, I would suggest that gaining control of the Supreme Court through the appointments to come, is part and parcel to establishing this 'Imperial Republic'.

The suppression of domestic democracy and the 'taming' of the Constitution, by way of the courts, are essential prerequisites to the global intentions of this neocon revolution.


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