Saturday, October 23, 2010

Obama's Conveniently Truncated Lincoln Quote

Obama loves to run around paraphrasing Abe Lincoln, which paraphrase fits his perversion of the Constitution, to wit:

“But in the words of the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, I also believe that government should do for the people what they cannot do better for themselves”.

Well, that presents a vague semblance of the principle of subsidiarity, which is enshrined in the Constitution, particularly the 9th and 10th Amendments.

But it's only a semblance--and the actual quotation is much more definitive:

“The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves in their separate, and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere.”

And "interference" is the kindest and gentlest word one can use to describe ObamaCare. Or "net neutrality." Or Lightbulb Regulation, Shower Regulation.....shall we go on?

Just as important is Obama's convenient implicit elision of State and Local Governments. To Obama, there is only ONE Government: the Federal one. All the rest are subsidiaries. Lawn jockeys. Clients.

That happens to be an inversion of both the Constitution's intent and explicit text (see, again, the 9th/10th Amendments.)

I say 'inversion' to be polite. It's really a perversion, which is quite familiar to the Democrat Party and all other Statists and crypto-Statists who infest Washington DC and a lot of State capitals.

To that end, another Lincoln quote:

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

Second Amendment, anyone?

HT: Laura/Ace

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