FOUNDERS COMMENTS APPROPRIATE FOR CURRENT ELECTION 11/03/2010


by Moody Adams
USA TODAY reported, “Fueled by voter anger over the economy and Democratic control in Washington, Republicans catapulted to victory in Tuesday's midterm elections as they toppled veteran incumbents and dealt a blow to the President ...” Some of our founders comments seem very appropriate just now.

Thomas Jefferson said: “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.

“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds...[we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers... And this is the tendency of all human governments.

“A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for[ another]... till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery... And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.”

Another founder, John Adams, commented, “There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."


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