Oct 26, 2014 • 53M

Has America Become an "Elective Monarchy"?

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Bob Zadek
Bob talks about the issues that affect our lives on a daily basis from a purely libertarian standpoint. He believes in small government, fewer taxes, and greater personal freedom.<br /><br />America has lost its way, but it cannot and does not need to be reinvented. Our founders were correct about their approach to government, as were John Locke, Adam Smith and the other great political philosophers who influenced them. The country’s first principles are economic and social freedom, republicanism, the rule of law, and liberty. Bob believes we must take the best of our founding principles and work from them because a country without principles is just a landmass.
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The Constitutional Convention is generally remembered as a meeting of great minds, in which governing principles for a free and lasting republic were written down in accordance with the best ideas of the day. While this account contains much truth, we might wonder why several key Framers refused to sign the final draft. In his new book, “The Once and Future King: The Rise and Fall of Crown Government,” Frank H. Buckley describes in detail the long struggle toward compromise that produced the original U.S. Constitution. Buckley's account corrects the conventional wisdom in a way that dramatically clarifies the present political situation. He will join Bob to explain how the seeds of our increasingly monarchical executive branch were planted by an unintended (but not entirely unanticipated) flaw in the document: the popular election of the president. George Mason was among those who did not sign the final draft, warning his fellow Patriots, “We are not indeed constituting a British Government, but a more dangerous monarchy, an elective one.” Is it too late to reverse course? Find out this Sunday!