Published On: Wed, Sep 28th, 2011

The Liberal Totalitarian Impulse

The latest manifestation of this little known syndrome comes from Governor Bev Perdue of North Carolina. Gov Perdue seems to think it would be a keen idea to suspend elections for two years. In fact she asked for support of her wish in her address to the Cary Rotary Club.

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let this country help recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”

Bev seems untroubled by the idea that her suggestion violates Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution.

Orszag and Obama both seem to find our Democracy an inconvenience.

Now our Bev is not alone in voicing her impulse toward totalitarianism. Former OMB director Peter Orszag suggests in an article for the New Republic that “…we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them less democratic.”

Less democratic? What does Mr Orszag mean by that? Does he support the call for a suspension of elections or does he just believe that we should do away with elections all together?

We have also seen this impulse at the very top level of our government. It has been reported that President Obama, himself, has complained that it would be so much easier to be President of China. You can see his point. No pesky Constitution or opposition party to deal with. Everyone around him responding to his every word.

But that is not the only time that Barack Obama has expressed his displeasure with the system of government we inherited from the founders. In an address to the group La Raza, Obama told the audience that “I’d like to work my way around Congress.” He followed that up in comments on immigration to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus  when he said; “As I mentioned when I was at La Raza a few weeks back, I wish I had a magic wand and can make all this happen on my own.”

It is understandable that a politician would be frustrated when his will is thwarted by the opposition. It is not understandable that they would desire changing our system of government in order for them to impose their will. The United States of America is not Venezuela. We are not ruled by the whim of the leader. We are a Constitutional Republic governed under a system of government laid out by the founders more that 200 years ago.

Perhaps our politicians on the left would be served well by an aide whispering in their ears, as was done with ancient Roman conquerers, “sic transit gloria.” Then they might not be so ready to overthrow the system which has served us so well since 1789.

About the Author

- Paul Bianco, retired from a career in sales, now spends his spare time as a gadfly on the many political blogs. Paul says he is just going through a phase, but that phase seems to have lasted two decades. Paul's conservative political philosophy was formed well before conservative talk radio and Fox News came along. Paul remembers the days when conservatives like William F Buckley Jr were voices in the wilderness "standing athwart history, yelling stop!" From time to time Paul contributes some of the insights he has gained from observing politics for so many years, and hopes that readers will be entertained and perhaps even enlightened.