Courtesy of MCT
On June 21, 1788, in a speech at the New York Ratifying Convention, former President Alexander Hamilton stated, “The ancient democracies, in which the people themselves deliberated, never possessed one feature of good government. Their very character was tyranny.” Because of that belief most will place their vote Tuesday as part of the Electoral College, a system in which the popular vote is formulated into a number of electors based on the number of Congressional representatives each state has, plus two, one for each senator.
On Oct. 19, 1998, at a Loyola University conference, then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was recorded saying, “This is one of the few areas I think that there are technical issues that need to be dealt with as opposed to just political issues … because I actually believe in redistribution.” The technical issues were the exact intent of our Founding Fathers.
The Electoral College is the product of this concern among those who crafted the Constitution. The Founding Fathers intended to protect us from a popular vote, due to their concerns regarding our inability to be knowledgeable enough to act in our common interests. In “Federalist No. 10,” former President James Madison wrote, “Democracies have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.”
Scottish lawyer, writer and professor Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee once said that “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury … With the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”
A plethora of YouTube videos from 2008 display this horror. At a 2008 Obama campagin rally, Peggy Joseph told NBC6 reporters, “I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage. If I help (Obama), he’s going to help me.”
Those students reading this have been given this same argument. Vote for Obama, and you will get federal money for your education.
Obama runs ads which ask you to read over his economic plan and decide what’s best for you. In his 1961 Inauguration Address, former President John F. Kennedy, challenged us to “ask not what your country can do for you.” What your country can do for you has created a debt which amounts to a bill of $50,563 for each American, according to Americans for Prosperity, a grassroots organization who advocates limited government.
The Founding Fathers were not convinced of our ability to elect a leader in the best interest of the country. In times of great need, we have proved that we can handle the founding responsibilities. Tuesday is one of those times, and the choice could not be more singular in immediacy, nor clear in national need.