I began writing articles for Examiner.com several years ago with a simple goal in my bio. "..he would like to see his grandchildren grow up in a society that values freedom and achievement rather than one that values blame and victimhood." I fear that recent developments jeopardize not only that goal but quite possibly the end of the United States as a Constitutional Republic. After the Constitutional Convention in 1787 Benjamin Franklin famously answered a question about the type of government the United States now had, "a Republic, if you can keep it."
The design our Founding Fathers had was three coequal branches of government- executive, legislative and judicial. Over the last century secular progressives have chipped away at the foundations of our Republic moving us closer to mob rule or democracy as they like to call it. Franklin also had a quote regarding democracy- "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." The author of "Poor Richards Almanac" also had something to say on how this situation came to be: "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."
What we appear to have now is three branches of government and a pecking order. We have:
1) An Imperial Presidency
2) A judicial system that legislates from the bench
3) A legislative branch so dysfunctional it probably deserves to be third
The system of checks and balances built into the Republic no longer exists. The erosion actually began with Lincoln's suspending habeas corpus during the Civil War. Both Roosevelts and Woodrow Wilson accelerated the breakdown of the Republic but it really exploded during the second half of the 20th Century. Well intentioned ideas like the War on Poverty took functions of government designed to be carried out by the individual states and moved them under the purview of the Federal Government.
Every president since Lyndon Johnson has contributed to the consolidation of power by the Feds but the current President has raised this consolidation to an art-form. He has been able to bypass Congress and challenge the Supreme Court in ways that make the Executive Branch closer to absolute in power than any time since George Washington. Washington could have been king or "President for life" but chose to remain true to the founders vision of liberty by avoiding an imperial executive. President Obama has come closest to trying to be that imperial executive since Richard Nixon. How much more damage he will do to the Republic remains to be seen but unless the Affordable Care Act is dismantled it will be hard to fix the damage he's already done.
And then there is the debt ceiling debate. We just raised our credit limit again, and according to estimates, the National Debt will stand near 20 TRILLION DOLLARS at the end of Obama's 2nd term. That's almost 25% larger than the Gross Domestic Product of the US for 2012. Sooner or later, math kicks in. Sooner or later our "credit card from the Bank of China" (candidate Obama's words, 2008) will be cancelled if we don't show some fiscal sanity. If our creditors quit lending to us, the only answer is to print money. Hyper-inflation is one of the conditions that allowed Hitler to rise to power in Germany.
Is this the end of America? The citizens don't seem all that interested in financial responsibility and our "leaders" certainly aren't in any hurry to tell the truth about our financial situation. Barring a complete 180 we are headed to bankruptcy and the only question isn't if, but when. And bankruptcy will mean the end of America, at least as we know it.