These quotes describe what is happening to this country at this time
Blind Faith in a political party or politician, is the leash of subservience, Subservience is to bow down to these, and to obey unquestioningly. without resistance to their tyranny. or thought; to any of their intent, criminal or not, it is also mindless commitment to stupidity. It is also the blind leading the blind.
so since you allow them to put the leash on, don’t cry when they tighten their grip. those who allow the leach to be put on for handouts, are generally the first to cry when it is tightened.the problem with people like this, is the problems they cause others.
Elections to office, which are great objects of ambitions, I look at with great terror.
“John Adams “
“America must reject the military industrial complex. The tragedy of our foreign policy is driven not by what our leaders believe is best for the people but by the drive for profits by the munitions makers, Bankers and other rift-raft who profit from death, debt, destruction and defeat”.
Dwight D Eisenhower.
Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 19, 1787
“Representatives are, “trustees and servants of the people, and at all times amenable to them”. Whenever government should be found inadequate or contrary to these purposes, the majority of the community hath an indubitable, unalienable and indefeasible right to reform (it). , in such a manner, as shall be the most conducive the public weal”.
“The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.., “The will of the public majority should always prevail.” The general (federal) government will tend to monarchy, which will fortify itself from day to day, instead of working its own cure.” “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time..,” It is the manner and spirit of the people which preserves a republic in vigor. Degeneracy in these is a canker, which soon eats the heart of its laws and constitution.
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.
(1887): Lord Acton
“There are only 2 things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the bill of rights.” War is a racket. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives”.
Quoted by 2 times Medal of Honor winner: Marine Major General Smedley Butler- book about his life “Devil Dog”
A rigid economy of the public contributions and absolute interdiction of all useless expenses will go far towards keeping the government honest and un-oppressive.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Lafayette, 1823
“But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years”.
Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789
Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Carrington, January 16, 1787
“During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety”.
Thomas Jefferson, Second Inaugural Address, December 9, 1805
Excessive taxation will carry reason & reflection to every man’s door, and particularly in the hour of election.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor, November 26, 1798
If the system be established on basis of Income, and his just proportion on that scale has been already drawn from every one, to step into the field of Consumption, and tax special articles in that, as broadcloth or homespun, wine or whiskey, a coach or a wagon, is doubly taxing the same article. For that portion of Income with which these articles are purchased, having already paid its tax as Income, to pay another tax on the thing it purchased, is paying twice for the same thing; it is an a grievance on the citizens who use these articles in exoneration of those who do not, contrary to the most sacred of the duties of a government, to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens.
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 14, 1781
History by apprising [citizens] of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816
this is the way I simply this quote and to me it is fact: THE PAST DEFINES THE PRESENT AND THE PRESENT DEFINES THE FUTURE!
I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Charles Jarvis, September 28, 1820
A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support.
Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1792
We have loss the checks and balances of the federal government , through backdoor deals and chicanery, But ambitious encroachments of the federal government, on the authority of the State governments, would not excite the opposition of a single State, or of a few States only. They would be signals of general alarm… But what degree of madness could ever drive the federal government to such an extremity.
James Madison, Federalist No. 46, January 29, 1788
All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.
James Madison, speech at the Constitutional Convention, July 11, 1787
This is what we have now, under the democrats, liberal, progressives or by whatever name you call them. No political truth is certainly of greater intrinsic value, or is stamped with the authority of more enlightened patrons of liberty than that on which the objection is founded. The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
James Madison, Federalist No. 48, February 1, 1788
Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.
Alexander Hamilton, Pacificus, No. 6, July 17, 1793
Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.
Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1, October 27, 1787
The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of national power ought to flow from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority.
Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 22, December 14, 1787
The State governments possess inherent advantages, which will ever give them an influence and ascendancy over the National Government, and will forever preclude the possibility of federal encroachments. That their liberties, indeed, can be subverted; by the federal head, is repugnant to every rule of political calculation.
Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, June 17, 1788
Be not intimidated… nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice ~ John Adams