What Our 4th President Said About Tyranny
James Madison was the fourth President of the United States. He was co-author, with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, of the Federalist Papers, and is traditionally regarded as the Father of the United States Constitution.
Here’s what he had to say about tyranny, and its parallels with today…
In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. 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.
-Speech, Constitutional Convention (1787-06-29), from Max Farrand’s Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, vol. I
“In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate.”
This is so true today… how many times has the President started a war without congressional approval? Somehow the President is given war powers for any purpose he deems useful during such times.
“Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body.”
The executive branch, being constantly suspicious; accepting of information without passing judgment on its validity, often without complete comprehension (dictionary definition – apprehension)… Does this sound familiar? Big head, big ego?
“A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”
An overgrown executive branch with a ‘big ego’ and a standing military force (including his own DHS) will certainly not be compatible with liberty…
“The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”
The technology and methods having been initially used to defend against foreign danger (terrorism), IS the same technology that is now being used on the citizenry at home. According to Madison (and logical thinking), this is how the process works…
Tyranny is in the offing. But it’s for your own your good, you see…
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
-Our Fourth President, James Madison
…quite different from what we hear from our President’s today.