By: Brent P.
The following is the transcript of a speech given by Democratic Governor of New York Alfred E. Smith in Washington, D.C., in 1936. This speech is Appendix A (I’ve also included Appendix B from the same book) from Cleon Skousen’s book The Naked Capitalist (1970), which is a review and commentary of Dr. Carroll Quigly’s 1,300 page book Tragedy and Hope. Interestingly, Carroll Quigly was one of former President Bill Clinton’s mentors.
There are few things worth noting about Alfred E. Smith’s speech. The reference to the NRA in Smith’s speech is not a reference to the National Rifle Association, but rather the National Recovery Administration established by FDR. Additionally, the term Brain Trusters refers to the group of advisers to Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his presidential administration.
To me, it just shows that the more things change, the more they stay the same. The influence of socialism, communism, and other nefarious forces, is nothing new in the history of the United States.
By Andrew C. McCarthy
Barack Obama has never been clear on the distinction between sovereign and servant, between the American people and those, including himself, elected to do the people’s business. We saw that yet again this week with the president’s unilateral rewrite of the Bataan Death March known as the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare. For this president, laws are not binding expressions of the popular will, but trifling recommendations to be ignored when expedient.
The collapse of law — not just Obamacare but law in general — is the Obama administration’s most egregious scandal. With the IRS here, Benghazi there, and Eric Holder’s institutionalized malevolence crowding the middle, it gets little direct attention. Perhaps it is so ubiquitous, so quotidian, that we’ve become inured to it.
Above all else, though, the office of the president was created to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. For this president, to the contrary, law is non-existent — and not merely law in the traditional sense of our aspiration to be “a nation of laws not men.” Obama has contorted the law into a weapon against our constitutional order of divided powers and equal protection for every American.