President Obama blames President Reagan for declining trust in the government...
(By Renee Nal)
President Obama made a bizarre and embarrassingly inaccurate statement last week during an interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, as pointed out by Michael Miller of IJ Review online yesterday.
Stating that distrust in the government started in the 1980's under the late President Ronald Reagan, Obama said in part,
“We've had a politics, frankly, you know, the entire Republican Party brand since Ronald Reagan has been ‘government’s the problem.’ And if you, day after day, week after week, election after election, are running on that platform and that permeates our culture and it’s picked up by, you know, ordinary citizens who grow skeptical, then it’s not surprising that over time, trust in government declines.”
President Obama, "Constitutional scholar," clearly forgets that America's founding fathers developed a system of "checks and balances," or "separation of powers," not for the purposes of irritating lawmakers, but rather to ensure that no branch of the federal government, including the executive branch, would become too powerful. The idea of "self-governance" was always that the people held the power, and not the other way around.
Put simply, America's political system evolved around a fundamental distrust in the nature of the government, which was the whole point of the separation of powers. This fact is apparent to anyone who bothers to read the actual words of the founders.
Would a brave journalist ever dare to ask President Obama what the point was of "checks and balances?"
A good place to learn about the founder's vision would be the Federalist Papers, which almost obsess over how America should limit the power of the federal government. Continue reading via The Examiner...