Friday, February 15, 2008

James Madison and the Sacred Trinity Bush is Trying to Destroy

George: If You Don't Like Checks and Balances,
Blame Little Jimmy!

James Madison is often called the "Father of the Constitution" - a title he heartily disliked. But the "withered little applejohn" (he was our shortest President at barely 5'4" and weighed a scant 100 lbs.) really did write much of the Constitution and also the Bill of Rights. He patterned the framework of our government after his own Virginia Plan and was very proud to see the first rulings of the Supreme Court.

"He envisioned a strong federal government that could overrule actions of the states when they were deemed mistaken." * He was not exactly a "man of the people" (he was a disdinguished property owner and had slaves), but he was no pluralist. He was the biggest champion of Separation of Church and State.

Our current leader, George II, like Mike Huckabee, would like to make changes to Mr. Madison's magnum opus:

Bush's Lies and Washington's Honesty

For President's Day Weekend:
GWB compared to some lesser Presidents

#1: Two Georgies: One honest and the other....
Historians tell us that George Washington never said "Father I annot tell a lie..."He did, however, tell the truth when it came to foreign affairs: he did not want any more wars and took the steps necessary to keep the U.S. out of foreign conflicts. For example, he composed a Proclamation of Neutrality in 1793. He also favored a strong central government, a national bank, and an effective tax system.

He was also strong supporter of complete religious toleration. Once when hiring men for a construction project at Mount Vernon, he voiced what kind of workmen he wanted: "If they be good workmen, they may be from Asia, Africa, or Europe; they may be Mohammedans, Jews, or Christians of any sect, or they may be Atheists." In 1790, he wrote a response to a letter from the Touro Synagogue, in which he said that as long as people remain good citizens, their faith does not matter. *(Wikipedia)

Washington sounded more like a Democrat than anything else.
Our current George has not quite gotten the hang of telling the truth while in office. He was certainly blase about not being able to find WMDs - the premise about which we went to war in Iraq:

So, there you have it: the First George tried desperately to keep us out of war, while the last one tries desperately to keep us in it.
* Can you imagine George II saying this in front of his good friend and advisor, Pat Robertson?