Why the Democratic Party Is the Enemy of the Republic

By Emord, Jonathan W. | USA TODAY, November 2011 | Go to article overview

Why the Democratic Party Is the Enemy of the Republic


Emord, Jonathan W., USA TODAY


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WHEN A political party violates virtually every principle deemed by our Founding Fathers essential to the creation and maintenance of the American republic, we justly may pronounce that party an enemy of the Framers' Republic. The Democrats are such a party.

Pres. Thomas Jefferson gave us the "sum of good government" in his First Inaugural Address. He defined a good government as one that would "restrain men from injuring one another" but otherwise leave them free to regulate their pursuits of industry and improvement. Jefferson feared "energy" in government, deeming it "always oppressive." Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, and George Washington all viewed as central to the republic the vesting of governing power (legislative, executive, and judicial) in separate constitutional departments and forbade delegation of those powers into any single hands, viewing that delegation as the "very definition of tyranny."

They expected taxation to depend primarily on external taxes of goods and not on internal taxes, and government to live within its means. They very much opposed the notion that government should erect barriers to competition. In reference to government, Jefferson warned against "too many parasites living on the labour of the industrious." The Founding Fathers believed health, safety, and policing laws to be the province of the states, not the Federal government, and viewed an assumption of control by the Federal government over those laws to be beyond the enumerated powers in Article I and contrary to federalism. They expected state power to serve as a bulwark against the usurpation of powers by the Federal government.

The Democratic Party, as constituted today, shares virtually nothing in common with our Founding Fathers. Indeed, its view of "good government" is one that does far more than restrain men from injuring one another. Good government, in the Dems' opinion, regulates every important aspect of industry, imposing a vast array of prior restraints to avoid the potential for actions they think not in the public interest. They favor energy in government, viewing its inefficiency in regulating the economy as condemnable. They want far more regulation, inspections, frees, and prosecutions. They support transferring from the constitutional departments of government ever greater legislative, executive, and judicial powers into the hands of regulators, viewing that not as tyranny but as essential to attain their own regulatory objectives.

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Democrats mean to use the power of government to force Americans to live the life they think best for them. They favor extensive progressive taxation (believing no repository of wealth deserving of freedom from taxation). They strongly support measures to increase taxes on the most productive elements of society. They favor far greater Federal government involvement and control over health, safety, and policing. They believe that the Article I Commerce and Necessary and Proper Clauses should be construed contrary to the Founding Fathers' intent, so as to grant Congress virtually unlimited power to regulate every aspect of life. They have antipathy for the Founding Fathers' conception of federalism and think nothing regulated by the states an exclusive province not also deserving of regulation by the Federal government.

Opposing privatization of Social Security and Medicare, balanced budget amendments to the Constitution, eliminating Federal bans on domestic oil and gas production, and deregulation, the Democrats favor vastly increasing government outlays and regulation. They voted in favor of Pres. Barack Obama's two failed economic stimulus plans, the $852,000,000,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the $192,000,000,000 additional stimulus bill; the $2,000,000,000 cash for clunkers program and for the extension of that initiative; as well as the President's ill-conceived plan to have taxpayers pay for a national infrastructure of high speed rail and make-work jobs at a cost of $60,000,000,000. …

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