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"It came out today that Newt Gingrich had a million dollar credit line at Tiffany's. And I mean this sincerely. Is he independently wealthy?" Glenn asked.
Is that some new kind of perk you get from having been in Congress? After all, outside of a few books and his former role as a Fox News Contributor, it's not clear how Newt has a million dollar line of credit at Tiffany's!
"So what if our leaders have some special privileges. They were elected and they are the ones leading us. They deserve it. You think the Founding Fathers didn't have lots of perks? They did whatever they wanted," Stu said in his role as the "idiot".
"The House of Representatives can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society. This has always been deemed one of the strongest bonds by which human policy can connect the rulers and the people together. It creates between them that commune you know of interest and sympathy of sentiment of which few governments have furnished examples - but without which every government degenerates into tyranny," Pat said in his role as a "founder".
Glenn translated the message. "The founders' greatest evidence as to why the House of Representatives wouldn't be at odds of the people is that they would have to live with the same laws that they passed. In all of world history if you were privileged, you lived by a different set of rules and different set of laws. You had exemptions. You had caveats, you had a preference. You had maybe a waiver for ObamaCare," Glenn said.
"Madison and our founders said, no, that is not what the Constitution stands for. We don't do that. Our founders said no. Today we say no man is above the law. Yeah. Yeah. That came from the minds of our founders. The difference is they lived it."
UPDATE: Who has the power? The states or the federal government?
UPDATE: The latest original argument deals with the idiots saying that most of the founders were atheists. Uh, no they weren't.
James Madison wrote, "It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive it, in it a finger of that almighty hand which has been so frequently and singly extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution."
In other words:
"The founders recognized they weren't perfect but they did their best. And the only way they could create something that had never been done before is by direct help from God. Divine providence. It might not be real to MSNBC, but even though it was added later, it really is truly one nation under God."
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UPDATE 1: What's the latest argument Stu presented to Glenn? "Well, the big problem today is that we ‑‑ people are just too stupid to understand how to handle problems.See, we need a smart council of people to just decide these things for us. It would be so much better."
What would the founders say? "Could any further proof be required of the republican complexion of this system, the most decisive one might be found in its absolute prohibition of titles of nobility, both under the federal and the State governments; and in its express guaranty of the republican form to each of the latter," Pat read.
But what does that mean today? Glenn explained, "There's the thing. There was the key, that we have a prohibition of titles of nobility. So in other words, what they're saying is we don't want people to act like kings. The whole goal of this government is to make sure that people don't act like kings, that there is no one over anyone else."
On radio this morning, Glenn introduced his new book, "The Original Argument", to listeners and explained why he felt the need to put the Federalist Papers into a more accesible, modern day language. But when Pat said that the Federalist Papers were fine just the way they were, Glenn decided to do a little on air experiment that compared the original Papers and the ones that have been translated into modern language - with Pat playing the original papers and Stu being the idiot friend who needs to be convinced by the original arguments of the founders.
Stu presented the idiot progressive friends question, "All my friends say the rich are getting poorer and the poor are getting poorer. And that those rich people are just selfish bastards. Shouldn't we just hang all the rich people in the public square?"
What did the founders say? Pat read, "The perpetual changes which have been rung upon the wealthy, the well born and the great have been such as to inspire the disgust of all sensible men and though unwarrantable concealments and misrepresentations which have been in various ways practiced to keep the truth from the public eye have been of a nature to demand the reprobation of all honest men."
What's he talking about? Glenn translated and read from his new book, "Vilifying the rich doesn't benefit anyone. Every man was created equal. But what you do after that is up to you. If you have all the money in the world and you want to hoard it like a selfish maniac, then that's up to you. You might be a dirtbag and everybody else might call you a dirtbag, but it's not the government's role to convert you into an upstanding member of society. This country was built on a foundation of treating everyone equally, not guaranteeing equal outcomes."
That makes a little more sense, doesn't it? Look for more of these segments in the next couple of days as Glenn answers the problems of today with the original arguments of the founders.