Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Abigail Adams comments on the transformation of Barack Obama

Again and again, President Obama does things that candidate Obama said that a president should not do, such as the use of signing statements to abrogate laws, the launch of unilateral wars without Congress, looking the other way at torture, and the persecution of whistleblowers. Adams would not have been surprised by this:

'I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature; and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and, like the grave, cries, “Give, give!” The great fish swallow up the small; and he who is most strenuous for the rights of the people, when vested with power, is as eager after the prerogatives of government.'' - Abigail Adams, letter to John Adams (November 27, 1775)

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