Jack E. Kemp
In the President’s speech today at the Rose Garden, where he decided to make one of the few sane choices available and ask for Congressional authorization before attacking Syria (and knowing he won’t get it), Obama said:
“I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets,” the president said. He added: “I’m also mindful that I’m president of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy.”
Those of us who never went to Harvard Law or Hamline Law or Hastings Law but who actually can recall courses in high school American History or who use search engines to verify facts know that the U.S. is a constitutional republic with strong elements of democratic rule, but a republic none the less.
Has Obama never heard the words of the Pledge of Allegiance where it states “and to the Republic for which it stands…”? Perhaps the better question is does this former Choom Gang member remember his high school years? Or is Obama also unfamiliar with the famous reply of Benjamin Franklin to the woman at the end of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 who asked him whether we have created a republic or a monarchy: “A Republic, if you can keep it.” http://www.bartleby.com/73/1593.html
In Federalist 10, James Madison wrote in November 1787 about the problem of factions and his advocacy for a republic. He stated:
“The two great points of difference between a Democracy7 and a Republic are, first, the delegation of the Government, in the latter, to a small number of citizens elected by the rest: secondly, the great number of citizens, and greater sphere of country, over which the latter may be extended…
In the extent and proper structure of the Union, therefore , we behold a Republican remedy for the diseases most incident to Republican Government. And according to the degree of pleasure and pride, we feel in being Republicans, ought to be our zeal in cherishing the spirit, and supporting the character of Federalists.
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Of course, Madison was using the term Republican in those days to mean the adjective for the word Republic and not the name of the current GOP. Despite Obama’s disdain for the political party that bears the like name, the United States is a Constitutional Republic. One wonders, once again, what were Obama’s grades in law school and why he didn’t release them to the public. http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/nationworld/report/080612_obama_records/factcheck-obamas-sealed-records/ Then again, one need only wonder about the grades themselves - and no longer wonder why they weren’t released.