By Alan Keyes
By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community. (James Madison, Federalist No. 10)
In George Washington’s justly revered Farewell Address, the first president of the United States anticipated the day when the democratic political process in the United States might be overtaken by a factious spirit, and “the disorders and miseries which gradually result” from it. He predicted that this would:
…incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.
As things stand at present, the so-called two-party political system, focused on Democrats and Republicans, has, in fact, degenerated into a sham competition between two wings of a single group. It is dedicated to an agenda that exactly corresponds to James Madison’s definition of “faction,” quoted above. The occasional substitution of one of these parties for another has, in recent years, made little or no difference.
In this respect, we live in an era when national elections don’t matter much. In consequence, it is also an era when more and more Americans are angered by policies adverse to the security of their rights, persons and property, “the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.” They are fed up with a political process that no longer represents the common good of their country. It caters instead to the selfish interests of a powerful and wealthy elitist clique, even though this involves aiding and abetting foreign individuals and interests that are hostile to the people of the United States, in ways that threaten their economic prospects, and even their lives.
On account of the machinations of this elitist faction, many Americans find themselves effectively without representation under the very government whose fundamental purpose is to represent their mutual support and goodwill towards one another. In Federalist No. 10, Madison treats the “scheme of representation” implemented in the Constitution’s provisions as the very definition of America’s republic. Therefore, when a factious agenda systematically deprives people of representation, the republic is no more. The Constitution stands eviscerated, waiting for the overt appearance of the tyrannical rule that has, in effect, already replaced it.
By his rhetoric, Donald Trump deceptively exploits the anger of the very people the elitist faction aims to overthrow. Yet everything about his life and background prior to his present campaign leads to the conclusion that he actual represents their tyrannical rule. This is not just a reference to the policies he has promised to carry out using the same anti-constitutional abuse of executive orders as Barack Obama. It is a reference to the allegiance by which…