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Jennifer Rubin Unites With Benedict Arnold

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      Bruce Fein is a constitutional lawyer who served as an associate deputy attorney to President Ronald Reagan and is a senior adviser to the Ron Paul 2012 campaign.

Jennifer Rubin, the Washington Post’s faux conservative blogger, and Benedict Arnold, are united in their opposition to America’s Founding Fathers.

Arnold betrayed George Washington and the Founders to fight in the ranks of British King George III and destroy the American Republic. Jennifer Rubin equals or betters his instruction by chronically hurling veiled invective against the Founding Fathers’ foreign policy of aggressive self-defense and its contemporary exponent Senator Rand Paul (R-KY.) — mentioning him 143 times, almost universally in a negative light, in March.

Her objective is to destroy the American Republic born of Paul Revere’s immortalized midnight ride in favor of an Empire reminiscent of King George III’s. Although Ms. Rubin’s column is labeled “Right Turn,” a more accurate name would be, “Seditious Turn,” or “Benedict Arnold Turn.”

The extent of Ms. Rubin’s betrayal is slowly emerging from her rumored non-reading list or Index Liborum Prohibitorum (Index of Forbidden Books).

She refuses to read President George Washington’s Farewell Address warning against entangling alliances. She is neurotic over his teaching that, “The great rule for us in regard to foreign nations is … to have as little political connection as possible … It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” In contrast, Ms. Rubin is jubilant that the United States is currently committed to defending scores of foreign counties and hundreds of millions of foreign citizens from aggression by others.

Benjamin Franklin is also taboo, especially his adage that, “There never was a good war or a bad peace.” Ms. Rubin believes the opposite.

Also ejected from Ms. Rubin’s reading universe are the Federalist Papers and the ratification debates over the Constitution, both of which repudiate war except in self-defense. Her vision of elites leading the public on matters of war and peace is more akin to Reichsmarschall Herman Göring, deputy to Adolf Hitler:

“Naturally, the common people don’t want war but, after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag people along.  Whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for a lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.”

Ms. Rubin avoids reading James Madison’s views on war like the plague, especially his wisdom that “War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement.” Ms. Rubin celebrates unconstitutional presidential wars, and investing the president with limitless power to play prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner to exterminate any person on the planet whom they decree based on secret evidence threatens national security.

She trembles at the thought of reading Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War. It recounts Alcibiades convincing Athens to attack Syracuse to gain riches and expand power. The folly destroyed the Athenian Empire. Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is also on Rubin’s Index of Forbidden Books.

She has burned Abraham Lincoln’s observations on presidential wars:

“The provision of the Constitution giving the war making power to Congress, was dictated … by the following reasons. Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This, our Constitution understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood.”

She has torched Secretary of State John Quincy Adams’ July 4, 1821 address to Congress. It explained: “[America’s] glory is not dominion, but liberty.  Her march is the march of the mind. She has a spear and a shield: but the motto upon her shield is, Freedom, Independence, Peace.”

Ms. Rubin is willfully deaf and blind to the Constitution’s foreign policy of aggressive self-defense embraced by Senator Rand Paul. She touts an uninformed extra-constitutional policy of perpetual global warfare akin to the tyrannous King George III.

Would she have reported to British soldiers Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride setting the stage for the Minutemen at Lexington and Concord?