Status Quo Anyone…Founding Father’s Quote Friday

Status Quo Anyone

Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows eligible citizens to participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, economic, and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination.

Modern Western social movements became possible through education (the wider dissemination of literature), and increased mobility of labor due to the industrialization and urbanization of 19th century societies.

It is sometimes argued that the freedom of expression, education, and relative economic independence prevalent in the modern Western culture are responsible for the unprecedented number and scope of various contemporary social movements. However, others point out that many of the social movements of the last hundred years grew up, like the Mau Mau in Kenya, to oppose Western colonialism.

Either way, social movements have been and continued to be closely connected with democratic political systems. Occasionally, social movements have been involved in democratizing nations, but more often they have flourished after democratization. Over the past 200 years, they have become part of a popular and global expression of dissent.

“It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part.” James Madison

Armed with the knowledge of what the Status quo is, and commonly used form of the original Latin “statu quo” – literally “the state in which” – is a Latin term meaning the current or existing state of affairs. To maintain the status quo is to keep the things the way they presently are. The related phrase status quo ante, literally “the state in which before”, means “the state of affairs that existed previously.”

Therefore, as one uses the expression “the status quo” when describing the outcome of the election, what they are saying is that the election actually resulted in the state of affairs that existed, or simply unchanged.

American citizens took to the polls on Tuesday and voted for the status quo. The Senate will remain in Democratic hands. Republicans maintain control the House. And Barack Obama will be in the White House for another four years.

As far as voter identification methods, immigration reform, even the prosecution of the U.S. Attorney General still remains at the top of the list; however, with Iranian jets taking shots at our unmanned drones in international air space may indeed have influenced the president to tighten up his grip on control in the region through whomever. Our work in that area will only increase – our voter rolls are a mess, too many states have no voter ID requirement, and the “President and all his men” are hostile to election integrity.

 “Different interests necessarily exist in different classes of citizens. If a majority be united by a common interest, the rights of the minority will be insecure…” James Madison

Notwithstanding any divergence the Obama administration with respect to how it adhered to the rule of law and its constitutional mandates, we know exactly what to expect from Obama’s second term – corruption, secrecy, and scandal, only in greater supply.

Based on what we have already seen and lived through we think it is safe to expect more secrecy, more unconstitutional czar appointments, and more wasteful taxpayer funded bailouts. We can expect more Solyndras and other green energy boondoggles and more illegal alien amnesty policies.

“In a society under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker, anarchy may as truth be said to reign as in a state of nature.” In a free government the security for civil rights must be the same as that for religious rights.” James Madison

We predict the ever greater expansion of raw government power but less respect for both the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law.

And finally we’d like to share a bit of The Federalist Papers precisely #51 where James Madison has some rather extraordinary insights hopefully that will assist us all. “Different interests necessarily exist in different classes of citizens.” If a majority be united by a common interest, the rights of the minority will be insecure…” Madison was extremely adamant about the civil rights of those caught in the conflict. Perhaps more important is Madison’s warning within the wording of the essay.

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