One would think that with all of the admiration Barack Hussein Obama has from the American people (so the state-run media would have you believe), the last thing he would need would be more protection from the people he is reportedly serving. Yet, it was recently reported that he is building a wall around the White House at taxpayer expense to insulate himself from them.
America is awake to the fact that the southern border of the United States remains unsecure, and the illegal aliens are invading on a daily basis. Yet, his house needs to be secure by building a wall of protection against the people of this country that he serves? How telling! What is legal for him seems to be illegal for the American people (Deuteronomy 17:14-20). He works for you! Why is he so heavily protected against his own people?
Anyone who travels to Washington, D.C. will know what I am talking about. When the president’s motorcade goes through town, every road is blocked off by armed officers; and any building the president enters is searched over with a fine-toothed comb.
The Secret Service was originally created in 1865 to suppress counterfeit currency. It had nothing to do with the president’s safety until 1907, when Congress passed the Sundry Civil Expenses Act, which now meant that two men would be in charge of the president’s safety full-time. The Secret Service now has 3,200 employees; and whenever the president leaves the White House, the Secret Service calls on other federal, state, and local agencies to heighten security measures.
Until Harry Truman’s presidency, former presidents were dropped off at their homes and were provided no special pension, security, or other benefits. They would become an average American citizen, just like those they served.
When president, Truman would take daily walks around Washington with a bodyguard or two in tow. American citizens could walk right up and shake his hand.
What has happened since then? When presidents work for the people, they feel safe enough to walk up and be friendly with their constituents. However, when they work for special interests and are being treated as crowned kings (which they are not), they suddenly feel that they need to be protected from their constituents. Is the writing on the wall? Yes, indeed it is.
Look at the parallel between President Washington and the current administration:
- In 1789, the federal government under President Washington had 350 federal civilian employees; today, they number in the millions!
- In 1832, the total federal budget was $11 million; in 2011, it was over $4 trillion!
- Since 1900, the total number of government laws and regulations the average citizen is required to obey has increased an estimated 3,000 percent.
James Madison stated that “every word of (the Constitution) decides a question between power and liberty.” As the government increases control over the people, this leads to a corresponding decrease of individual liberty and responsibility.
The real problem is when all this power becomes centralized and is left unchecked by the public, then comes the rationale that “they have the badge, they must be right.”
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