America 2.0

By | 2018-05-25T07:36:33+00:00 May 25th, 2018|
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The government so carefully and brilliantly designed by the Framers and embodied in the Constitution is no more.

Don’t believe me? Here is James Madison’s description of that government in Federalist 45:

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…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.

This certainly does not describe the government headquartered in Washington, D.C. today. Its powers are no longer “few and defined.” That means our central government is no longer the federal government of the Founders. As the government in Washington has inserted itself into every area of the “lives, liberties, and properties of the people,” the powers of the central government have become “numerous and indefinite.”

Recently, it started requiring schools to allow boys who “identify” as female be given access to the bathrooms and showers heretofore reserved for girls, and the rest of us to purchase government-approved health insurance plans. The health insurance mandate violates the clear intent of the Framers. The gender identity mandate goes far beyond that to violate plain common sense.

The health insurance mandate makes it quite clear that the government of America 2.0 is no longer bound by the Constitution. Once upon a time in America, there would have been universal agreement that the insurance mandate known as Obamacare would have required an amendment to the Constitution before it could be passed—and in those days neither the amendment nor the legislation would have passed. Today, Congress routinely passes legislation that violates the Constitution and the Supreme Court, as we saw with Obamacare, cooperates. That means the people in the government, though they swear an oath to uphold the Constitution, are in fact no longer bound by the Constitution nor do they feel bound by the oath they have sworn.

Legislation that routinely violates the Constitution should come as no surprise. The Progressives have made it clear from the beginning that they reject the Constitution and the Founders’ vision. But what are we to make of government bureaucrats imposing the crazy rule about boys in girls’ bathrooms? After all, it is one thing for the people in government to be able to operate free of the Constitution’s constraints on their power, but to be free of the constraints of common sense and common decency is unfettered power on a whole new level.

Isn’t it clear that the purpose of the bathroom mandate is to show us that we now have rulers—and to rub our noses in it?

In the Founders’ vision, we the people are sovereign and the government “by, for, and of the people” is only the agent of the sovereign people. As Chief Justice John Marshall wrote: “It is the plain dictate of common sense, and the whole political system is founded on the idea, that the departments of government are the agents of the nation.” No longer. Our ruling elite has been having its way with us, using the power of the government in Washington, aided and abetted by its cheerleaders in the press.

That is why our ruling elite is so upset by the election of Donald Trump. Trump wrecked their well-laid plans. They had it all worked out in advance. 2016 would be Clinton versus Bush, again, and it was to be Hillary’s turn. But Trump spoiled everything, defeating Jeb! and then—horror of horrors—defeating Hillary, too. Unbelievable and unforgivable.

Trump in the Oval Office is why the ruling elite is going all-out in a way we have never seen before. It is not enough for them to force us to accept boys in our daughters’ showers at school. Our ruling elite needs to make it perfectly clear to us that electing an outsider who campaigns against them is not acceptable and will not be permitted to stand.

They mean for us to understand who is the boss in America 2.0.

About the Author:

Robert Curry
Robert Curry serves on the board of directors of the Claremont Institute and is the author of Common Sense Nation: Unlocking the Forgotten Power of the American Idea (Encounter Books). He also serves on the board of distinguished advisors for the Ronald Reagan Center for Freedom and Understanding.