Principles or pragmatism? Who are we?

Because his time as President of the United States is about over, President Obama, in all places, Argentina, is revealing his personal beliefs and the principles he uses as a guide to his policies, and it’s nothing new we are hearing, it’s just that the mask he usually wears is quite thin and transparent.

“So often in the past there has been a division between left and right, between capitalists and communists or socialists, and especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate,” Obama said during a town hall meeting in Buenos Ares.

“Those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical, and just choose from what works,” Obama continued. “You don’t have to worry about whether it neatly fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory. You should just decide what works.”

Can you imagine these words coming from our first president, George Washington? Or Ben Franklin, or Thomas Jefferson, or John and Samuel Adams, or James Madison, or even Alexander Hamilton?

Let’s be practical and whatever works is good, whatever doesn’t is bad. Forget principles, it’s not about principles, just about what works. If socialism works, but all means adopt socialism. If communism works, by all means adopt communism. He certainly has practiced this. Our Constitutional process doesn’t work for him so he just goes around it.

He says this in his Argentinian speech: “One of the great advantages of the United States system, even though it’s very frustrating sometimes for the president, is that power is distributed across a lot of different institutions. It’s what we call separation of powers and decentralization.” He is forced to acknowledge separation of powers because it is what the Constitution is all about, but Obama says one thing here while at home he despairs about and goes around this separation of powers. It’s because in his mind, in his personal philosophy, he, not the people, rule. He cannot put into place “practical” powers under separation of powers, so he ignores Congress and the will of the people and does it anyway and we all let him get away with it. Our Founders put in the Constitutional process separation of powers to stop factions and would-be dictators, anyone who acted outside the will of the people.

He has believed even before being elected president that a form of Marxism/Socialism worked above democracy and a Constitutional Republic. He has from the beginning worked at changing us from a Constitutional Republic into a socialist state and has accomplished much.

Are we going to exchange one unconstitutionally principled president for another?