Madison Was Right about KoreaSubmitted by LatinsforPaul on Thu, 11/25/2010 - 11:21
Madison Was Right about Korea
by Jacob G. Hornberger
James Madison, the father of the Constitution, had a deep insight into the nature of government and public officials. Here is what he said:
A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending have enslaved the people.
Here at home, people are revolting. They’re revolting against out-of-control federal spending and debt, Federal Reserve-induced inflation and debasement of the dollar, and TSA body-groping and porn-scanning. Some people are even starting to join libertarian opposition to the forever occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
So what better thing to do than excite a war, like in Korea? As Madison pointed out, that’s what the Roman Empire did when Roman citizens began revolting against the Empire’s ever-soaring taxes and regulations.
Just think, the new battle cry among the statists can be, “The Muslims and the terrorists are coming to get us! The communists too! ”
What better way to get the color code up to red than to bring the reds into the fear equation? Hey, don’t forget that that’s how Hitler did it. He blamed the Reichstag fire on both the terrorists and the communists, and it worked. That’s how he got the Reichstag to enact the Enabling Act, which suspended civil liberties, temporarily of course.
Yesterday, the North Korean regime shelled a South Korean island, killing two South Korean soldiers and injuring several more.
Did this act of aggression appear out of nowhere?
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