- - Friday, February 14, 2014

Of all the campaign promises made by President Obama, the most successful has been the one to “fundamentally change America.”

By his actions, the president has shown a wanton disregard and disdain for the U.S. Constitution, the rule of law and the separation of governmental powers.

These actions include his many executive orders directing federal agencies not to enforce laws and his 29-and-counting politically motivated changes to Obamacare — but the list goes on.

Mr. Obama seems to have forgotten that our Founding Fathers were almost paranoid regarding the perils of majoritarian democracy and thus created a republic.


The framers intuited what Henry Maine subsequently wrote in his 1885 book “Popular Government”; namely, that unchecked democracy leads to the emergence of demagogic rulers who bribe their constituents with the property of others and to the rapid growth of legislation and fiscal tyranny. Sound familiar?

Our Founders believed that government must be limited, because the will of a majoritarian democracy could as easily be flawed and as corrupt as the dictates of a tyrant. They gave us the Bill of Rights to protect our natural right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

They also framed a Constitution and advocated the rule of law to ensure that the rights of the minority are protected and to separate the powers of government into three bodies.

The Constitution grants Congress the duty to write and fund laws, the executive branch the duty to enforce laws and protect the nation from foreign powers, and the judicial branch the duty to rule on the legality of laws.

Though John Stuart Mill wrote that the role of government is to ensure every person can keep the greatest quantity of the fruits of their labor, it seems that our president is intent upon confiscation of the highest quantity possible for redistribution.

Stand up, America, before it’s too late.

MIKE FERREER

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.