The Green Room of the White House was the scene of an auspicious event last Sunday evening. Gathered here were the ghosts of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams along with friends Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine.
“I have sought the opinion of patriotic friends and former occupants of this stately manor with respect to the present one”, Mr. Jefferson opened the discussion. “The general consensus is that there is a stranger in this house; one whose associations, readings, writings, opinions, policies and judgments are foreign to us all,” he stated in a most serious tone. “What say you, Mr. Franklin?”
Rising slowly to his feet, Franklin addresses the question without hesitation. “In my considered judgment, he is worse than King George and that whole sorry bunch of despots who sat contemptuously on the thrones of Europe. I fear he reaches for more power than all of them combined and does so without the slightest concern for the documents Jefferson, Madison, Morris and others brilliantly crafted…this American Scripture to which we pledged our fortunes and our lives.”
“This man, this stranger, is no friend of freedom. I’ve watched him closely. He is bound so tightly with alien ideas that when coupled with his messianic zeal can only spell calamity for this country we love.”
Paine leans forward, raising his acclaimed treatise Common Sense so all could see, “He has none of it, this stranger, none at all. His experience is only outdone by his inexperience.”
“His attitudes, his arrogance and his obvious disdain of criticism, public speech and assembly trouble me to my core,” asserts Mr. Adams. “He cares as much for our Constitution as I care about the divine right of kings!”
“My dear Adams, you are so right”, observes James Madison, the “Father” of the Constitution.
“I am afraid that our current occupant and his associates consider themselves radicals, progressives. Radicals indeed! Why they simply wish to reinstate bankrupt concepts from the tyrannical past. To rule rather than serve is not progress. Who sir was ever more radical than us! For the first time in human history, we helped to forge a nation dedicated to individual freedom, to free speech, the freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, and much more. We are the true progressives, for we insured life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
“Mr. President”, Jefferson remarks, “ your words, as always, are true. But this newest member of our exclusive calling is faced with a plethora of dilemmas we could not imagine”.
“But Tom, did we not establish a framework for freedom that has guided this nation for two hundred and twenty two years? I believe solutions will be found within that framework, regardless of the circumstances. We never envisioned a world war, an atomic bomb, suicide bombers, a citizen walking on the moon, or that brother Franklin’s discovery of electricity would lead to these devices they call computers. This young man’s dilemma is within himself. He does not look for guidance in your writings, or to those of Paine, Franklin, Adams, General Washington, or mine. Neither does he seek wisdom from Locke, deToqueville, the great Edmund Burke, or Saint Paul. Or even the great democratic thinkers of his day like Thomas Sowell, Ayn Rand and Malcolm Muggeridge.”
“His alleged empathy for our citizens runs afoul of liberty since he has been willfully indoctrinated by numerous acolytes of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Saul Alinsky and others bent on transforming this nation of liberty and hope into something unrecognizable.”
“Yes, we have collectively constructed a bulwark of freedom that will continue to stand the test of time. As we have been called great, there are now great men and women mobilizing to turn this stranger and his co-conspirators out on the street and return this house to the people. These modern day Sons and Daughters of Liberty will prevail, because as in our day, their cause is right. The tide will turn.”
“We the people shall prevail!”