“I have no more campaigns to run. My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I’ve had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol — to do what I believe is best for America.”
Of course, there’s the lie about no more campaigns. He’s always campaigning. The lie is in the statement about the day he “swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol. Here’s the presidential oath that every president takes:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
He did not swear to do what he believed is best for America. He swore to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” to the best of his ability. There is a big difference in how “best” is being used.
The tyrants of history believed that what they were doing was the best for their empire or nation. No autocratic ruler believes otherwise.
Some of the worst atrocities in history were done by men who believed that what they were doing was the best, even if it meant killing millions of their own people and going to war to kill millions more. As the proverb states, “you can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.” When Winston Churchill said during World War II that “God is with us,” Josef Stalin retorted, “Then Devil is with us, and together we will win.”
That’s why our founders created a Constitution — to keep in check what they knew was man’s propensity to do evil for his own self-aggrandizement and the benefit of his chosen constituents.
“There is,” in the words of James Madison, a “degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust.” Madison speaks of the “caprice and wickedness of man,” and of the “infirmities and depravities of the human character.”
All tyrants believe their policies are the best. They all claim they’re doing the right thing. What politician ever ran on these types of campaign slogans?
- “Vote for me and I’ll do the wrong thing for the nation.”
- “I’ll do what I believe is worst for America.”
The Constitution was designed to limit the power of government not empower elected officials to do what they believe is right or best. They were elected to uphold the Constitution; it states that in the oath.
Obama and Company might believe it’s best to make community college “free,” but the Constitution does not allow it.
We can see the problem as far back as Magna Carta (1215), and like Obama and presidents before him, “neither side stood behind their commitments” Magna Carta never reached its promised ideals because, like Obama, rulers wanted to do what they believed was best, ultimately for themselves.
“In questions of power,” Benjamin Franklin wrote, “let no more be heard of confidence in man but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.” Of course, when rulers ignore the Constitution, they are no longer chained. And when Congress refuses to hold the President accountable, the chains are put on us.
Great mischief has been done by presidents and the people who elected them because they refuse to be bound by a constitution that limits their powers.