Happy President’s Day 2016 from the Kitsap Patriots Tea Party! We send our thanks to the leaders of this nation who have served as chief executive of the United States and offer prayers for the current occupant of the Oval Office.
Unlike the monarchies and dictatorships which litter human history and present day, the President of the United States does not have kingly powers under the U.S. Constitution. The President only heads one functional branch of government. The checks and balances and the separation of power structured in our Constitution safeguard our liberties when properly abided. However, James Madison warned in Federalist 48 that these are merely “parchment barriers”:
“Will it be sufficient to mark, with precision, the boundaries of these departments, in the constitution of the government, and to trust to these parchment barriers against the encroaching spirit of power?”
The prescription to this greed of power that would undermine the Constitution’s barriers is supplied by Samuel Adams:
“He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.”
As we decide upon our next president, we must have the wisdom and virtue to choose someone of wisdom and virtue.
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