And Madison's words: "To what expedient then shall we finally resort for maintaining in practice the necessary partition of power among the several departments, as laid down in the constitution? The only answer that can be given is, that as all these exterior provisions are found to be inadequate, the defect must be supplied, by so contriving the interior structure of the government, as that its several constituent parts may, by their mutual relations, be the means of keeping each other in their proper places."
The book then succinctly lists the powers each branch of government is given in order that each branch might be a check on the other. The Founders understood that human nature had to be controlled, lest the temptations of power destroy both leader and country.
Ruling by fiat, as President Obama seems to be doing, like vowing to accomplish immigration reform on his own, even in the face of multiple setbacks by the "checking" Supreme Court, is in violation of the Constitution, as one can read in this analysis of "The Federalist Papers," the philosophical foundation of our constitutional government. Call it America's DNA.
In the chapter "The Powers Delegated to the Federal Government Are Few and Defined," discussing "the doctrine of enumerated powers," the writers say: "By virtue of the doctrine, the Constitution of the United States establishes a government of delegated, enumerated and thus limited powers."
Does this resemble our present government?
In the foreword, the authors write: "The ultimate goal of our project is to strengthen America's civil society by helping our future leaders understand that the principles embedded in the U.S. Constitution are as relevant today as they were when the Constitution was ratified in 1789."
"The Roots of Liberty" will remind Americans of where our country came from and where it is headed if we don't embrace the brilliance of those who bequeathed it to us.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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