- Sen. Harry Reid goes to hospital as a precaution
- Fla.’s Trey Radel exits rehab, ‘excited’ to resume congressional role
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KNIGHT: Pulling back the curtain on Obama’s audacity
Americans are witnessing an imperial presidency
Question of the Day
A Silly, contemptible thing. I compare it to something
Kept behind a curtain, about which there is a great deal of bustle and fuss, and a wonderful air of seeming solemnity;
But when, by any accident, the curtain happens
To be open - and the company see what it is,
They burst into laughter.”
If only it were that funny. Paine, who first used the term “the United States of America,” could not abide tyrants of any kind, no matter how they came to power. He warned, too, about the possibility of an imperial Congress.
If Paine had been asked what he thought of Nancy Pelosi and company tucking into Obamacare a provision forbidding future Congresses from overturning portions of the law, he might have responded with a quote from his essay “The Rights of Man”: “The vanity and presumption of governing beyond the grave is the most ridiculous and insolent of all tyrannies.”
Unless tomorrow’s election begins a serious rollback, our grandchildren will be paying for Mr. Obama’s and Mrs. Pelosi’s extravagant spending well beyond the grave. And it could be curtains for our self-governing republic.
Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and author of the newly updated “Radical Rulers: The White House Elites Who Are Pushing America Toward Socialism” (radicalrulers.com, 2010).
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