America 2016 is in a bad place. Our once republic of laws, in which carefully designed institutions served the noble ends enumerated in the Preamble to the Constitution, has been rendered into something resembling a criminal enterprise in which rulers serve their ambition and avarice while the nation suffers.
What to do? While over the course of this blog I have rarely approached extra-constitutional means to restore free government, recent events demand a look at all options. What prompts my reevaluation are Hillary’s get-out-jail-free card from the FBI, and the administration’s ongoing efforts to silence, if not criminalize, political opposition. Institutions designed to secure freedom have been turned into instruments of oppression. Toss in the DHS trial balloon to nationalize presidential elections, and it is clear to even the most dullard that the democrat party does not intend to relinquish power.
Five hundred years ago, Niccolo’ Machiavelli also looked about his beloved republic, Florence, and viewed high corruption. His subsequent study of past republics that found themselves mired in wickedness may offer a clue or two to restoring free American government.
Illegal actions, if not outright felonies, are sometimes necessary to establish republics. Romulus murdered his brother, created a senate, and with it, the Roman Republic. Closer to home, George Washington occasionally resorted to the confiscation of private property in order to feed and keep his soldiers. Machiavelli wrote, “It is truly appropriate that while the act accuses him, the result excuses him, and when the result is good, like that of Romulus, it will always excuse him, because one should reproach a man who is violent in order to ruin things, not one who is so in order to set them aright.”
Such men, Machiavellian Men, who use power to establish free institutions that outlive them, are rare.
To the contrary, consider the last eight years of Obama. Among the few promises he kept were those to transform the nation. He did so almost entirely through executive decrees and regulations. These are backed up by the will of one man, and not the enormous heft of republican, statutory law from congress. Along the way, he violated his oath of office too many times to count, and should have been impeached and removed within months of taking office in 2009. An emasculated congress, too timid to even submit appropriation bills to the President, is far too weak to oppose, let alone remove an almost despotic ruler. Obama’s accomplishments are horribly destructive, yet they are built on flimsy foundations and can be reversed by the next President.
When another man takes office in 2017, should he likewise use illegal and unconstitutional means to transform the nation, this time toward the good, rather than for evil? Our nation expects a President Donald Trump to excise the rot, to reverse the decay in government. He is a lifelong seasoned executive who knows how to set priorities, develop plans, give orders and get things done. He doesn’t prevaricate or blame others. Rest assured, in Donald Trump, America will have a president comfortable with selling his ideas to an eager and waiting nation.
Like Obama, President Trump will likely have to go around congress to achieve his ends. Yes, I can hardly believe I’m writing this, that our situation demands extraordinary, extra-constitutional efforts to restore Constitutional, free government. Trump must let the nation know through his actions that the powers unconstitutionally seized by Obama are also his, that he will use them to wipe the executive branch clean of progressives and islamists. When challenged in court, he must do as Obama has done; delay, obfuscate and let the years pass as his political enemies beat their heads against a slow moving justice system.
But unlike Obama, and like Romulus and George Washington, President Trump MUST work to reestablish free government institutions. Along the way, President Trump must encourage the states to apply for an Article V convention to limit the power and jurisdiction of the national government. As a robust leader, he is uniquely qualified to lead an uneasy and restive nation toward renewal of founding principles. Educate the nation how a popularly derived Senate renders the noble ends of our beloved Constitution impossible. Free government can only be restored when congress once again assumes its proper place in our Framers’ wonderful design.
I’m convinced that Donald Trump is the Machiavellian Man of public virtue that America so desperately needs.
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Machiavelli, N. (2008). Discourses on Livy, Translated by Julia Conaway Bondanella and Peter Bondanella. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Book I Chapter 9.