There is an excellent post on The Blaze today, and I strongly urge you to read it. It deals with Cato’s Letter IV from the Anti-Federalist Papers. If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you may remember that I frequently point out that history has proven the Anti-Federalists’ concerns were well founded and their reasoning correct. Well, you may be very surprised to see just how accurate those ‘old dead white men’ actually were – and why they are even more relevant today than ever before. Here’s the link:
Here’s a pull-quote from this Anti-Federalist letter. See if it reminds you of anyone in the news today:
The ten miles square, which is to become the seat of government, will of course be the place of residence for the president and the great officers of state–the same observations of a great man will apply to the court of a president possessing the powers of a monarch, that is observed of that of a monarch–ambition with idleness–baseness with pride–the thirst of riches without labour–aversion to truth– flattery–treason–perfidy–violation of engagements–contempt of civil duties–hope from the magistrate’s weakness; but above all, the perpetual ridicule of virtue–these, he remarks, are the characteristics by which the courts in all ages have been distinguished.
Now, do you understand what it means? In short, it means that – regardless of what they call themselves – anyone who exhibits these signs is not a President, but a monarch. And since the monarchs of the times in which this letter were written had no check on their power, we can translate monarch to mean what we know call a dictator. What’s more, if that dictator uses their power without regard to justice, then we may also call that person a tyrant. I submit that Obama is exactly the ‘type’ Cato is describing in this Anti-Federalist paper. Thus, the rule of law has been destroyed and Natural Law ignored.
But I do not want to stop here. There is more. How is it that these ‘old dead white guys’ could so easily predict the characteristics of a dictator? Is it just because they had practical experience with them, or could it be that they had an understanding our modern world has rejected and forgotten? I submit this is exactly the case: these ‘old dead white guys’ understood things we do not (or at least, that we will no longer admit to in public). Take another look at the characteristics described:
ambition with idleness–baseness with pride–the thirst of riches without labour–aversion to truth– flattery–treason–perfidy–violation of engagements–contempt of civil duties–hope from the magistrate’s weakness; but above all, the perpetual ridicule of virtue…
Then, read the post I wrote on The OYL and compare this list from the Anti-Federalits to the list in this post:
Scripture refers to The Anti-Christ as ‘The Lawless One,’ and the ‘Son of Perdition (destruction).’ I ask you, how is it that what we are seeing from our government today is not an act of destruction brought on through lawlessness? Just because someone claims something is a law does not make it so. The law, to even be a law, must be in agreement with God’s Natural Law. Otherwise, it is sin. Even the pegan, Cicero, realized this to be true:
“True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions…It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to repeal any part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely. We cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or people, and we need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or interpreter of it. And there will not be different laws at Rome and at Athens, or different laws now and in the future, but one eternal and unchangeable law will be valid for all nations and at all times, and there will be one master and ruler, that is God, over us all, for he is the author of this law, its promulgator and its enforcing judge. Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature, and by reason of this very fact he will suffer the worst punishment.”
I submit to you that our society is nowhere near as ‘enlightened’ as we like to believe. Nor do we have anywhere close to the understanding, the wisdom that these ‘old dead white guys’ commanded. And I further submit that this is a large part of our problem: that we have rejected God. Unless and until we return to Him and repent for going astray, things will only get worse.