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W Ketchup™ Bids Farewell on this Fourth of July
The founding fathers did not shirk their duty, declaring: “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” as they raised arms against a tyrant. Having obtained liberty, the Constitutional Convention designed the most enlightened form of government that has even been established to safeguard liberty.
But the founders were well versed in history. They knew even the plain words of the Constitution, fastening federal authority on the states but constraining it to a list of enumerated powers, would need constant vigilance. George Washington, the father of our country and the greatest man of his generation, warned Americans against factions on the one hand and on the other populism:
by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.The Constitution specifies that all power not granted to Congress through the enumerated powers is “reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” One of the enumerated powers is the power “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States.”
In 2010, Democrats in Congress passed a national health care scheme that penalizes Americans who chose not to buy health insurance. Justice Scalia pointed out that “purchasing insurance is ‘Commerce,’” and that “abstention from commerce—is not ‘Commerce.’” Therefore, the Congress had not the power to pass the law.
Chief Justice John Robert's court, however, found that Congress had the power because, it claimed, “[a]t the time the Constitution was [framed], to ‘regulate’ meant, among other things, ‘to require action.’” That contemporary dictionaries show this assertion to be wholly untrue is irrelevant. The act was political, not judicial. Within the forms of the Constitution, cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled liberals have undermined what they could not overthrow.
Washington admonished us:
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity.Last month the Supreme Court invented a Constitutional right for homosexuals to “marry” each other. The dissenting opinion noted:
This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.Within the forms of the Constitution, cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled Democrats have undermined what they could not overthrow. In vain, on this Independence Day, do they claim the tribute of patriotism.
Washington exhorted us to keep our fiscal house in order:
As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible, avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace . . . avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertion in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.When Mr. Obama was sworn in as president, the national debt stood at $10.6 trillion. Today it stands at over $18 trillion, or $154,000 for every taxpayer. At the current rate, by the time Mr. Obama leaves office he will have increased the debt more than all other American presidents combined. He has done so willfully to undermine a source of strength and security of our country. In vain does he claim the tribute of patriotism.
Washington warned us:
[A]void the necessity of those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.When Mr. Obama was campaigning for the presidency in 2008, he declared: “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
Under Mr. Obama's administration, the police force of this country has been militarized and his national security apparatus shamelessly spies on normal Americans. He willfully violates the Sixth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,” and his appointed judges do nothing. More than even most Democrats, Mr. Obama is particularly hostile to republican liberty.
As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils.Mr. Obama's Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took donations to her private slush fund (operating tax-free in the form of a public charity) from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Algeria, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and many other countries in exchange for her approval to buy American weapons. When he was president, Mrs. Clinton's husband accepted funds from China laundered through Buddhist monks. Mr. Obama's administration has failed to arrest Mrs. Clinton for these and other admitted felonies.
Characters such as the Clintons and Obamas are particularly alarming for the safety of our liberties. Let us not, however, on this Independence Day, neglect the other warning from the father of our country:
Liberty . . . is, indeed, little else than a name, where the government is too feeble to withstand the enterprises of faction, to confine each member of the society within the limits prescribed by the laws, and to maintain all in the secure and tranquil enjoyment of the rights of person and property.If Democrats are the party of statism, Republicans have become the party of corporatism. Nowhere was this more clear than in party support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Republicans were willing to grant Mr. Obama even more power in exchange for assisting their corporate donors. Whereas members of Congress were permitted to view the agreement only without aids or notes, and were forbidden from discussing the text, more than 500 corporate “trade advisors” had access to and had negotiated the text.
The TPP has nothing to do with free trade—it transfers authority vested in Congress by the Constitution to a U.S. Trade Representative appointed by the President, centralizing power and undermining the Constitutional design. Supporter Rep. Paul Ryan echoed Nancy Pelosi's support for Obamacare: “It's declassified and made public once it's agreed to,” the very opposite of how a republican government should function. Obama's Trade Advisor, to whom this power was granted, formerly worked at Citibank, which paid him $4 million to join the government.
The New Republic, bastion of the Left, opined: “Obama's critics to the right say he's engineering a government takeover of the private sector, while his critics to the left accuse him of promoting a corporate takeover of the public sector. They can't both be right, of course. . . . ” Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy and author of The Doctrine of Fascism, would disagree: “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.”
Indeed, the true enemy of American liberty is fascism—not that of a foreign foe, as in World War II, but in the guise of domestic enemies. As Cicero admonished two thousand years ago:
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.After eleven years of serving Americans with delicious ketchup, the most American of condiments, we take our leave and will close our doors when the last bottle of delicious W Ketchup™ ships from our warehouse. But we continue the battle, and we urge Americans, on this Independence Day, to recognize the enemy within our gates. We demand of patriots nothing less than to follow the example of our founders and rise to that duty required of us as free men to throw off the twin despotisms of statism and corporatism that have infected our political body.
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