Egads, what do supposedly knowledgeable people think?
At the end of Barack Obama’s worst week since taking power a year ago, the US president’s fortunes look set only to deteriorate over the coming days. Following the shock defeat of the Democratic candidate in Massachusetts on Tuesday, a move that deprived the president of his 60-seat super-majority in the Senate and left his legislative agenda in tatters, Mr Obama has just four days to reboot the system.
What on earth are they thinking, “taking power”. Well, perhaps they are simply analyzing his first year in office, the greatest power grab since FDR.
In a republic, which I guess we used to be, and pay lip service towards today, power is inherent in the people. “Taking” power can mean only one thing, and I prefer the word seizure, such as befits dictators and their authoritarian ilk.
Of course, “power to the people” really is nothing more then Lenin’s “all power to the soviets”. True power rests in one’s liberty to do as one pleases, with their property, as they see fit. It is one’s liberty to engage in peaceful relations with their fellow citizens, without interference. It is liberty from agression and force, always at the hands of the state.
In fact, in a republic, the state has little to no power at all. So, the very fact that Obama has “taken power” is all one needs to know.