In order to assure domestic tranquility, the people of Frankenstine had created for themselves a set of laws that they called a constitution. The constitution guaranteed every Frankenstinian citizen the freedom to live his life as he pleased, and it protected him from interference in his life by the elected government of Frankenstine. And the country of Frankenstine and its citizens did thrive and prosper for many, many years.
Then it came to pass that a Frankenstinian citizen named Roosevelt did acquire the presidency of Frankenstine. And Roosevelt did beguile the people and convince them that the government of Frankenstine could do some things better than they could themselves. And the people said, "Praise Roosevelt, for he is going to do for us for free what we formerly had to do for ourselves."
And it came to pass that Roosevelt was followed by a president named Wilson. And Wilson did beguile the people and convince them that there were some things they were not capable of doing for themselves, and that therefore the government had to do those things for them. And the people said, "Praise Wilson, for he is going to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves."
Then it came to pass that Wilson did say, "The government cannot afford to do all these things for the people and we must impose a tax. But the people said, "The constitution protects us from the tax." And Wilson did say, "Then I will change the constitution to allow the tax." And he did.
And it came to pass that Wilson was followed by another president named Roosevelt. And the second Roosevelt did beguile the people and say, "There is a great pestilence in our land called the depression, and to fight it you must give up some of your freedoms." And the people did say, "Praise Roosevelt, for he is going to save us from the depression."
Then Roosevelt did involve Frankenstine in a great war, and the war did end the depression. And he did say to the people, "In order to win the war, you must give up even more of your freedoms." And the people did say, "Praise Roosevelt, for he has delivered us from the depression and from the foreign invasion."
And it came to pass that the second Roosevelt was followed by a president named Johnson. And Johnson was a disciple of the second Roosevelt. And Johnson did say to the people," Be of good cheer, for I am your savior. I have come to free you from responsibility. For I will see to your medical care, and I will give you food and clothing so that you no longer need to work." And the people did say, "Praise Johnson, for he has relieved us of all responsibility for our own well being."
And it came to pass that Johnson was followed by a president named Obama. And Obama did say to the people, "I am your emperor. You must pay tribute to support my queen and me in the most royal of circumstances, and you must follow my edicts or be put to death."
And the people did say, "Oh, Obama, you cannot do this, for the constitution forbids it."
And Obama did say, "Oh, you silly people. I have not stolen your constitution. You yourselves did give it away. You gave it to Roosevelt and Wilson and Roosevelt before I was born. And you gave what was left to Johnson when I was but a baby. I am only the ultimate result of what you have done to yourselves. Behold me, oh people of Frankenstine, and know that I lam the monster you yourselves created through your own sloth and indifference. For if you would keep your life, you must live it. You cannot allow others to live it for you, or you will lose it."