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Posts Tagged ‘Founding Fathers’

Patriot or Wingbat

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 4, 2012

The narrative created by some elitist educators and the Leftist press often portrays the Tea Party and its libertarian views as radical.  On this Fourth of July, a review of quotes from our founding fathers shows that radical is as defined in the eyes of the beholder.

George Washington

Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.

It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.

Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.

The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.

Thomas Jefferson

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.

Delay is preferable to error.

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.

History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.

I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?

John Adams

A government of laws, and not of men.

Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.

Fear is the foundation of most governments.

In politics the middle way is none at all.

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

The happiness of society is the end of government.

Benjamin Franklin

A penny saved is a penny earned.

And whether you’re an honest man, or whether you’re a thief, depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief.

Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.

God helps those who help themselves.

If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.

It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

Alexander Hamilton

In the general course of human nature, A power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will.

It’s not tyranny we desire; it’s a just, limited, federal government.

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.

James Madison

A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

Commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive, and impolitic.

Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations.

The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy.

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.


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The Genius of Ben Franklin

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 8, 2011

Ideologues on the Left and Right may refer to the Country’s Founding Fathers in support of their positions.  Often the connections are tenuous, likely making the Founding Fathers turn in their graves.

This morning Carl sent in the first quote below that originated from Ben Franklin.  This Blog added additional Franklin quotes that are especially appropriate today, as well as some editorial comments.

Ben Franklin Quotes:

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.  Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” – The Obama Administration would confiscate guns from the “lambs” while at the same time its Attorney General sells guns to the Mexican drug lords.

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” – This is precisely the danger that the Country’s deficit spending has created.

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty. -Various administrations, both Democrats and Republicans, have used the threat of impending crisis to remove liberties.  This begs for a more Libertarian approach to governing.

“He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.” – Presidents from both parties have associated with sleazy regimes.  During the current administration, President Obama has continued the war in Afghanistan that requires a close association with the corrupt Harmed Karzai.

“Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.” – Progressives, instead would have us believe that freedom is a gift bestowed upon us by government.

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.” – Leftist turned this reality on its heels.  To them, happiness is a guarantee that government needs to fulfill via handouts and legislation.  Ludicrous!

“There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and more frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.” – This is especially appropriate after the $535 million Solyndra debacle went public.  Government spending of the People’s money in areas not authorized under the Constitution leads to this corruption.  The Obama Administrations stimulus programs have multiplied the problem.

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One Person’s View of the Obama Presidency

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 9, 2010

The words below are included in an editorial sent in by a reader with one individual’s view of Barack Obama.  The source might be as interesting as the views expressed.

the author of L’Ancien Régime and Democracy in America would be less than impressed with the extravagance and arrogance on display among the White House elites that rule America as though they had been handed some divine right to govern with impunity.”

“It is the kind of impunity that has been highlighted on the world stage this week by Michelle Obama’s hugely costly trip to Spain, which has prompted a New York Post columnist Andrea Tantaros to dub the First Lady a contemporary Marie Antoinette.”

“As The Daily telegraph reports, while the Obamas are covering their own vacation expenses such as accommodation, the trip may cost US taxpayers as much as $375,000 in terms of secret service security and flight costs on Air Force Two.”

“the American public is increasingly turning to alternative news sources, including the British press, which has a far less deferential approach towards the White House.”

“It is epitomised above all by the President’s relentless drive towards big government against the will of the American people, and the dramatic increases in government spending and borrowing, which threaten to leave the US hugely in debt for generations.”

“There is however a political revolution fast approaching Washington that is driven not by mob rule but by the power of ideas and principles, based upon the ideals of the Founding Fathers and the US Constitution.”

So who penned these words?  Glenn Beck?  Sarah Palin?  Newt Gingrich? A Tea Partier?  No, they were written by Nile Gardiner, a Washington-based foreign affairs analyst and political commentator who appears on American and British television and radio, including Fox News, CNN, BBC, Sky News, and NPR.  It seems ironic that some British have seen that the emperor and has no cloths before some Americans saw this reality.

The Obama presidency increasingly resembles a modern-day Ancien Régime: extravagant and out of touch with the American people, by Nile Gardiner

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Judge Overrules Obama’s Drilling Moratorium

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 22, 2010

The New York Times reported that U.S. Federal Judge Martin Feldman axed Obama’s six month ban on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Judged agreed with the plaintiffs who argued that the Obama Administration wrongfully concluded that one oil rig failure means others are also unsafe stating:

”The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is an unprecedented, sad, ugly and inhuman disaster.  What seems clear is that the federal government has been pressed by what happened on the Deepwater Horizon into an otherwise sweeping confirmation that all Gulf deepwater drilling activities put us all in a universal threat of irreparable harm.”

Our Founding Fathers understood the dangers of too much power being given to any branch of the government.  It was that foresight that allowed Judge Feldman to conclude that President Obama overstepped his authority when he issued the broad drilling moratorium.

Barack Obama, the purported expert on Constitutional Law, just got a lesson on the Constitution.

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Obama Tramples Constitution-II

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 20, 2010

Chris, who has improved this Blog previously with comments, has outdone himself this time and I am posting his most recent comments upfront.  These comments are in response to Obama Tramples Constitution previously posted on this Blog.

Chris reminds us of Obama’s own words on the Constitution before he was elected and given the keys to the kingdom.  These words remind us that Obama’s attack on the Constitution is not some Trojan Horse.  This is one Progressive that was brutally honest on how he viewed the Constitution and the rights included in it.

Obama’s published views on the Constitution should have made him ineligible for the Presidency.  In previous times they would have.  For my friends that voted for him, shame on you for you have placed the rights and freedoms of all Americans in jeopardy with that vote.  For those of us that did not vote for him and call ourselves “Conservatives”, shame on us for we let the Republican Party get hijacked by those that strive for power and ideology before what the Founding Fathers placed in the Constitution.  As Chris says, we “remain dysfunctional” and that is why the Tea Party has become a viable option for so many.

Chris says:

Great post Steve.

Anyone paying attention in 2008, and not stoned on Hopey and Changey, knew that we were getting a “President” who viewed the Constitution as a hindrance to his socialist agenda. None of us with a brain should be surprised at his trampling of the Constitution in an attempt to redistribute wealth. HE TOLD US WHO HE WAS!

Here are Obama’s own words –

…….. that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the Federal government cant do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf, and that hasn’t shifted and one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that. I’m not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts. You know, the institution just isn’t structured that way.”

A crisis, in an emotionally charged situation like the oil spill, is just another opportunity to trash the Constitution because the public’s eye is taken off the ball, and they move in to grab the gold. The public is so caught up in the emotional component they’ve lost all reason, and the Republicans remain dysfunctional when it comes to articulating conservative positions.

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The Genius of Thomas Jefferson

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 14, 2010

Today Jim Mahoney forwarded some of his favorite Thomas Jefferson quotations.  These quotations are prophetic viewing the challenges that this Country faces and their causes.  While we previously posted Jeffersonian quotes, they are so profound as to deserve repeating as we consider the Congressional candidates to vote for this November.

Remarkably, had the below quotes come from Palin, Beck or Paul, Progressives would attack them as radical Right-wing beliefs.  This sad commentary shows just how out of touch the Left is with the Founding Fathers and their vision of America.  It also shows how little they respect the Constitution of the United States.  Progressives are truly scary people.

Thomas Jefferson said:

“I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. “

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.”

“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

“We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.”

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

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Our Founding Fathers Knew – John Adams

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 3, 2010

It is reassuring to read the words of our founding fathers.  These words, even outside the Constitution, help us understand why American has been such a success for over 200 years.  Should we abide by the genius that is the Constitution, America will remain a success long into the future.  Should we allow the Progressives to reinterpret the Constitution, America will continue down the slippery slope of the past 30 years.

Jim, a longtime reader of this Blog, sent in a quote from John Adams that helps put the Washington mess into perspective.

“In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.”

While those responsible the Washington boondoggle are currently Democrats, the party in power, before 2006 there were plenty of Republicans at fault.  Let us remember that Arlene Spector was a member of the GOP for many more years than he has been a Democrat.  Enough said!

We the people can take back our government not by voting for one party or the other, but by choosing candidates based on their views of the Constitution.  Those that literally interpret it are worthy of our votes.  The Progressives that want to reinterpret it need to be thrown out of office, including those pictured below.

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