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August 29th, 2011 "They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but only to lay taxes for that purpose. To consider the latter phrase not as describing the purpose of the first, but as giving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please." --Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on National Bank, 1791

 

August 15th, 2011 "An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others." --James Madison, Federalist No. 48

 

January 24th, 2011 "As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible: avoiding occasions of expence by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it; avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expence, but by vigorous exertions in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burthen which we ourselves ought to bear." --George Washington, Farewell Address

 

January 16th, 2011  "With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live as slaves." --John Dickinson & Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of the Cause and Necessity of Taking up Arms, 1775

 

October 23rd, 2010  "The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy." --Benjamin Franklin

 

October 5th, 2010 "It has been said that all Government is an evil. It would be more proper to say that the necessity of any Government is a misfortune. This necessity however exists; and the problem to be solved is, not what form of Government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect." --James Madison, 1833

 

August 31st, 2010 GOD OUR FATHER, WALK THROUGH MY HOUSE AND TAKE AWAY ALL MY WORRIES; AND PLEASE WATCH OVER AND HEAL MY FAMILY; AND PLEASE PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS, AND WATCH OVER OUR TROOPS, WHO ARE DEFENDING THOSE FREEDOMS. AMEN

 

August 12th, 2010 The below speaks to the repeal of the 17th amendment which allows for the election of senators to congress instead of being appointed by each states legislature.

"The proposed Constitution, so far from implying an abolition of the State governments, makes them constituent parts of the national sovereignty, by allowing them a direct representation in the Senate, and leaves in their possession certain exclusive and very important portions of sovereign power. This fully corresponds, in every rational import of the terms, with the idea of a federal government." --Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 9

 

August 4th, 2010 "This balance between the National and State governments ought to be dwelt on with peculiar attention, as it is of the utmost importance. It forms a double security to the people. If one encroaches on their rights they will find a powerful protection in the other. Indeed, they will  both be prevented from overpassing their constitutional limits by a certain rivalship, which will ever subsist between them." --Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, 1788

 

July 27th, 2010 "Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread." --Thomas Jefferson

July 20th, 2010 "In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any." --James Madison, Federalist No. 14, 1787

 

July 8th, 2010 The Congressional Budget Office or CBO statement on current economic policies.

"Large budget deficits would reduce national saving, leading to higher interest rates, more borrowing from abroad, and less domestic investment -- which in turn would lower income growth in the United States. Growing debt would also reduce lawmakers' ability to respond to economic downturns and other challenges. Over time, higher debt would increase the probability of a fiscal crisis in which investors would lose confidence in the government's ability to manage its budget, and the government would be forced to pay much more to borrow money."

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/108xx/doc10871/BudgetOutlook2010_Jan.cfm

 

 

The 4th of July, 2010

A small group of brave men changed the world 234 years ago.

The adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, was a clear, public announcement that the American colonies thought themselves free and independent from British rule.

It was an ambitious, gutsy move, one that Americans still hold today as an underlying tenet of our society.

Many of us may recall the second paragraph from the document after memorizing it years ago in grade school:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Upon those 35 carefully crafted words, America’s early beliefs of how a country should be formed and the basic rights its citizens deserve were formed.

That brave declaration and the absolute determination to win the Revolutionary War led the young revolutionaries to eventually build the greatest nation in the world.

While we celebrate the greatness of our country, we admit that it is not perfect, only something made by the Creator could be. But despite its flaws, our country eventually works out its problems for the best.

As we enjoy our independence each day, we hope that every citizen will pause for a moment and remember what that truly means.

From the most precious of all rights — those granted by the First Amendment to the Constitution — from living and working where we choose to the simple right to take a leisurely day of hanging out at the lake or at the backyard barbecue, we are lucky to live in such a great country.

And, we’d be wise to count our blessings and be thankful for all that we have.

 

 

6-24-10 "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, part 2, 1792

 

6-18-10 "Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others." --Alexander Hamilton

 

6-10-10 "To give to every citizen the information he needs for the transaction of his own business; To enable him to calculate for himself, and to express and preserve his ideas, his contracts and accounts, in writing; To improve, by reading, his morals and faculties; To understand his duties to his neighbors and country, and to discharge with competence the functions confided to him by either; To know his rights; to exercise with order and justice those he retains; to choose with discretion the fiduciary of those he delegates; and to notice their conduct with diligence, with candor, and judgment; And, in general, to observe with intelligence and faithfulness all the social relations under which he shall be placed."  Thomas Jefferson, Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia, 1818

 

5-27-10 "The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife." - Thomas Jefferson

 

5-4-10 "No morn ever dawned more favorable than ours did; and no day was every more clouded than the present! Wisdom, and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm."  George Washington, letter to James Madison, 1786

 

4-12-10 "The example of changing a constitution by assembling the wise men of the state, instead of assembling armies, will be worth as much to the world as the former examples we had give them. The constitution, too, which was the result of our deliberation, is unquestionably the wisest ever yet presented to men."  Thomas Jefferson, letter to David Humphreys, 1789

 

3-20-10 "If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy." --Thomas Jefferson

 

3-2-10 "The citizens of the United States of America have the right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were by the indulgence of one class of citizens that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support."

George Washington, letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, 1790

 

12-15-09 A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, 1785

 

10-29-09 "In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." --Thomas Jefferson

 

9-30-09 "The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it." --James Wilson, Of the Study of Law in the United States, 1790

 

9-23-09 "To be prepared for war, is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace."

George Washington

 

9-2-09 "The people can never willfully betray their own interests; but they may

possibly be betrayed by the representatives of the people; and the danger will be

evidently greater where the whole legislative trust is lodged in the hands of one

 body of men, than where the concurrence of separate and dissimilar bodies is

required in every public act." --Federalist No. 63

 

8-19-09 "We lay it down as a fundamental, that laws, to be just, must give a  reciprocation of

right; that, without this, they are mere arbitrary rules of conduct, founded in force, and not in

conscience." Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the state of Virginia, 1782"

 

8-4-09 What have we learned in 2,064 years? 

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public

debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be

tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be

curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to

work, instead of living on public assistance."


Cicero - 55 BC

 

 So, the answer is….evidently nothing..
 

And we know what happened to Rome, don’t we.

 

 
7-26-09 Adventure upon all the tickets in the lottery, and you lose for certain; and the greater the number of your tickets the nearer your approach to this certainty. ~ Adam Smith
 

7-21-09  'Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who Do not.'

                                                                                              ~ Thomas Jefferson

 

7-10-09 The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man

              who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.        ~ Theodore Roosevelt

 

7-5-09  How is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to

             us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?  

                                                                                                        ~ Duc de La Rochefoucaud

 

5-3-09  The quotes from Thomas Jefferson below could prove his point.

"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.  

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

In light of the present financial crisis, it's interesting to read what Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:  Banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."  

 

An Old Farmer's Advice:
* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong.
* Keep skunks, bankers and lawyers at a distance.
* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

* A bumblebee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
* Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.
* Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

 

"Property is the fruit of labor...property is desirable...is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built."

The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln

Edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume VII, "Reply

to New York Workingmen's Democratic Republican Association" (March 21, 1864),  pp. 259-260.

 

 

Here is a sobering quote by Abe Lincoln:

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."

-- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864

(letter to Col. William F. Elkins)
 
 

"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but is something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people".
                                                                                                     ~ Theodore Roosevelt 1907 ~

If you find the above to be forward thinking for 1907, then you should read the short biography of Theodore Roosevelt (26th President not to mention a Republican) that puts to shame the the conservation, labor, political, equal rights, monopoly trust busting, reasoned restraint of government while promoting reasonable regulation of BIG business, world affairs, personal & professional achievements  of ANY President of The United States since his Presidency at this link: A Brief Biography by Tweed Roosevelt

 

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom.  What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.  When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
                               ~~~ The late Dr. Adrian Rogers , 1931 to 2005 ~~~

 

"Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither." Benjamin Franklin

 

"It is not worth while to try to keep history from repeating itself, for man's character will always make the preventing of the repetitions impossible."  Mark Twain

 

"Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. " Mark Twain.

 

"I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle". -Winston Churchill

 

"A Nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” -Yogi Berra

 

Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.   Winston Churchill

 

You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. 
The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand. 
Irene C. Kassorla

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