America, through the years, has suffered from many the incompetent president. With much foresight, the Founders intended that the executive branch be a weak office with expressly limited duties. Since 1900, America has been saddled with five presidents who have done especially heinous damage to our supposed Federal Republic way of life. Here I am referring to Woodrow Wilson who (1) wrongly got America into WWI on the ground and (2) gave us both the Fed and the progressive income tax. Also headlining the list is FDR, followed by Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, and now Barack Obama. America must change course in 2014 and 2016, or our Federal Republic form of government is probably gone forever. There is a reason you are reading more and more about states talking secession. Most Americans are fed up with socialism and the Big Government way, but we are too disorganized (as a country) to do anything about it.
Make no mistake though, while America is currently getting the O’Shaft from a guy who sits virtually clueless and frozen in the Oval Office, Republicans have offered little in exchange. I blame the Bush administration and the Boehner-led crowd currently in office for an almost total failure to support the Constitution and our Federal Republic form of government. Americans have been hoodwinked into believing that government is the answer, which is why the Founders’ intent was for a weak executive branch. Just read the Constitution, and you will be horrified at how Congress and the president have overstepped their bounds.
Americans can respond by working to dramatically reduce the federal government’s footprint in our lives. A good place to start would be a full repeal of O’Care and a junking of the tax code, with a move to a flat tax, 10/10/10 plan. Our military remains frozen in a WWII anti Soviet Union mode and must be rearranged to reflect 21st Century realism. The best guide I have read in this regard is the Cato Institute’s Chris Preble’s The Power Problem. The best policy organization in America by a long shot is the Cato Institute, which Debbie and I enthusiastically support. Cato is America’s leader in supporting the Constitution and the Federal Republic form of government intended by our Founders. Cato scholars are experts on the theme of small government. No other scholars in the country have done a better job in warning Americans about the perils of O’Care than have Michael Cannon and Michael Tanner. I speak with both gentlemen at Cato conclaves and regularly post their research for you on this site.
This upcoming February, Cato will hold its annual Naples (Florida) policy conclave. Debbie and I do not miss these special events and will be there this February. Go to Cato.org for the schedule, as well as for all the latest breaking news from the Cato Institute. And I hope you will become as enthusiastic a benefactor of Cato as Debbie and I have become. It is time to reverse the destructive political process that has overwhelmed the country since Ronald Reagan spent his final days in the White House. (Read: Getting Back on the Right Path)