"Former President Bill Clinton warned of a slippery slope from angry anti-government rhetoric to violence like the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing"
The latest rounds of misgivings espoused by former President Bill Clinton, and echoed in the recent comments of current President Obama, underscore both men's lack of confidence in free societies and their discomfort at having the public question the direction their leadership is taking the country.
“I've been a little amused over the last couple of days where people have been having these rallies, about taxes. You would think they would be saying, "Thank you!" That's what you'd think!"
Well, perhaps that is what you might think, Mr. President. It is not what I would think.
The right to peacefully assemble and petition the government is an essential aspect of our heritage. It is the clearest expression of the idea that a nation should be governed by the people themselves. Governing against the will of the people is anathema to our shared American traditions. Never has it been more clear that our current president holds none of those great ideas in regard than when he scoffed at the Tea Party movement in his comments in Florida.
The Constitution of the United States is a remarkable document, for it lays out the general ideas of government that resulted in the freest, most inventive and industrious people that the world has ever known. This great nation has served as a beacon of freedom, and has been the refuge and hope of all the world.
The right to peacefully assemble and petition the government is constitutionally guaranteed to the people in our First Amendment. This, the first of ten amendments promised at the constitutional convention, are commonly referred to as our Bill of Rights. They are the essential building blocks of freedom, as they define that the powers of the government are limited, and subject to the people governed.
The lack of comfort shown by both men, despite the considerable time they spent training in the law, underscores a deeply held misgiving and lack of trust they hold toward the core principles in the nations founding. If we are to listen to Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama, we must elevate these men as not only our betters, but the betters of the men who founded this country.
Can we in good faith do that? Can we disregard the insight, wisdom and commitment to freedom and personal liberty held by such men as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington? Could it be that a man commonly referred to as 'slick willy', who lied before Congress and a Grand Jury, who was disbarred from the practice of law for the disrespect he demonstrated for the law, should be held up as a wiser man and a man of better character and understanding then the founders of the great nation that we all live in today? And do we really believe that the disdain that Barrack Obama holds for those in this nation that disagree with him elevate Barrack to a more lofty position than our first president, who lead this nations fighting men for seven years, weathering great deprivation, hardship and doubt?
We are a nation founded under the idea that the people should be free, and with the understanding that the greatest threat to that freedom is the nation's own government.
This never was more true than it is today.