The assassination of Julius Caesar 2059 years ago today on the Ides of March signaled the end of a Roman Republic democratically governed by the Roman Senate in cooperation with a chief executive; thus triggering events that would establish a Roman Empire ruled by autocratic and increasingly brutal dictators that would fall of its own weight and usher in a Dark Age lasting over a thousand years. Our 238-year-old American republic has thus far lasted only a little more than half as long as did the Roman one that ended March 15, 44 BC, or has it?
When Casear survives elections for and against him
Article VI of the United States Constitution guarantees to Americans a “republican form of government” defined by its separation of legislative, executive and judicial powers in Articles I, II and III. But since soon after President Barack Obama was inaugurated over six Ides of Marches ago, legislative power has been regularly usurped by our Chief Executive and effectively abdicated by congresses controlled by both parties.
That elections have continued to occur every two and four years to fill seats in Congress, including the chair of the President of the Senate, and man the Oval Office of the White House, all of whom occasionally pay lip service to that Constitution, does not establish that our governing document remains the rule of law ordained and established by We the People.
The Affordable Care Act overhaul of the U.S. health care and insurance industries has morphed into an Obamacare grant of plenary legislative power to a Chief Executive armed with a pen, cell phone and Twitter tweets for pronouncements of today’s “law”, or what passes for it. Whether it be unequal protection of individuals and employers from supposed mandates or waivers of the royal hand exemptions from onerous statutory language discovered after the ACA was passed; the Rule of Law that made English-speaking peoples exceptional in producing happiness pursuits via individual Liberty has ceased to be.
Sadly, after the second GOP mid-term landslide of Obama’s presidency in 2014, our establishment Republican leadership immediately caved on the budget for nearly half its two-year term and a little later on amnesty as well.
One can argue that we are on a slippery slope toward tyranny, but for millions, the slope done slipped.
The certainty of legal uncertainty has more Americans out of the work force and mired in poverty that at any time in our history. Unless one heads a Big Business crony company of Barack and Michelle, one would be a fool to risk any significant portion of their savings to start a business across the Fruited Plain. No, we haven’t yet devolved to the status of hunter-gatherers standing, with club in hand, at the mouths of our caves protecting gathered fruit in a Hobbesian state of nature. But unless we reverse course to replace the Democrat in White House and maintain majorities in both houses of Congress in 2016, the number of citizens in Food Stamp Nation will soon outnumber those in that other nation that used to be a City on a Hill.
Beware Democrats this Ides of March and Election Days of November.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson