“Taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments [constitutions].” Declaration of Independence
“In questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution” (Thomas Jefferson: Draft Kentucky Resolutions, 1798, ME 17:388).
Two notable efforts by power-hungry authoritarians occurred near the end of the war for independence. First, army officers were conspiring to take control of Congress. Second was an effort to make George Washington king. He squashed both of them abruptly. After all, Americans had just been through a bloody war with England to get rid of rule by authoritarians, religious and secular.
An axiom for detecting the corrupt and evil use of power is to follow the flow of money to politicians inside and outside of government. Chief among tactics for overriding the will of the people at the state and local levels is bad election finance law. The importation of millions of campaign dollars from homosexual- and abortion-rights advocates from outside a region to fund the campaigns of radicals in the region to be represented is destructive of representative government. This should be prohibited.
“The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart, is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position” (President Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796).
~ David Norris