Frenchman Frédérick Bastiat, in The Law, said, "There are far too many great men in the world; there are too many legislators, organizers, conductors of the people, fathers of nations, etc."
There I go, quoting Frenchmen, but this one has something important to say here. My interpretation of what he said goes along these lines, "What in the heck (hell can be substituted) are we doing with all these other people sitting on their high horses figuring out what they want us to do (or not to do)? They need to find honest work…and learn to just leave us alone to work out our own problems, often as not when there’s no problem to begin with, and to stay the heck (substitute again) out of our pockets."
I wonder how Bastiat said it so much shorter, and without profanity? Oh well, he only had Napoleon to contend with.
But, honestly, isn’t it true how something can be just about perfect, and along comes some self-important dude (or dudess) and basically turns banana pudding into a mud pie. Self-important governmental (or non governmental) bodies can do the same thing.
For instance, our original 1776 Articles of Confederation was just about right, but needed some slight adjustments. Okay, but only slight.
So in 1787, delegates of the thirteen sovereign colonies (states) met at Philadelphia to address those needed "slight adjustments" and ended up changing just about everything.
However, that one wasn’t too bad either…if it would be followed, pretty much per se, but we now know full well that was not the case, don’t we?
Oh, the vast majority fully intended to abide by the new document, but a few were already thinking how they would mouth constitution, but would do the old end run routine (think Alexander Hamilton, contributing author of the Federalist Papers).
If you haven’t done so already, pick up a copy of Hamilton’s Curse by Thomas J. DiLor-enzo…and quickly read it (just over 200 pages). Actually, this book should be required reading for every American but, then again, I’m not one of those "other people sitting on my high horse," so do as you please. But read it!
After Hamilton, some other major players in his mold were Daniel Webster, Joseph Story, Henry Clay, and (I’m so sorry, but), Abraham Lincoln ("Honest" Abe). Read the book.
Later models would include Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Carter, Clinton, Bush I and II and now Obama; all proponents of Big Government (and truly) anti federalists, in the Hamiltonian tense.
Most all of these had to depend on something called Constitutional Law, which is just about diametrically opposed to simply following the plain and simple meanings of the 1787 Constitution itself! All tyrannical types use some version of this tactic, which I often refer to as End Run.
DiLorenzo says, "The only way to end the Hamiltonian curse of centralized, monopoly government is for Americans to once again embrace the Jeffersonian philosophy of government–to recognize that that government is best which governs least; that the citizens of the free and independent states are sovereign; and that they, along with their state and local representatives, are the best hope for the protection of liberty against the despotic proclivities of the central state." Couldn’t have said it better myself, so I won’t. May God bless.