By John F. Di Leo -
Reflections on the Checks and Balances of America in honor of September 17, Constitution Day
When patriots gather, especially in the autumns of leap years, they sometimes drift into retrospection, and ask the question “Where did we go wrong?”
Not that any of us actually have a time machine, of course… we harbor no delusion that we could go back and fix the mistake if we could… but in the hope of learning for the future, we would like to know, for sure, if there was one point at which the nation turned away from the Founders’ plan for a nation of freedom and prosperity that could only be guaranteed by limited government.
Some make a case for the error being the election of a particularly destructive individual – Obama, Clinton, Carter, Nixon, Roosevelt, Wilson. Some make a case that an amendment or war was to blame – the income tax or World War One or even the Civil War.
And yes, a strong case can be made that some of those errors turned the nation severely for the worse.