Last week, I reread two documents: the U.S. Constitution, which was written more than 200 years ago, and The Communist Manifesto, which was written more than 150 years ago. James Madison and the other authors of the Constitution were primarily concerned with guaranteeing the freedom and liberty of all Americans by placing severe limitations on the power of the federal government. Karl Marx, the author of The Communist Manifesto, mapped out what would become a blueprint for dictators whose primary aim was to achieve power by exercising complete control over the lives of their citizens.
Last Monday morning while I was driving to the office, I turned on the radio to listen to the morning news. The big story of the day was the death of Robert Byrd, the record holder for longevity in the United States Senate. Byrd died at the age of 92, and was a senator for the state of West Virginia for 51 years.