Our Nation's Downfall was Predicted Many Times 06/28/2016

‘The Foundation of American Government’ by Henry Hintermeister, 1925
The Constitutional Convention was in a deadlock over how large and small states could be represented equally. Some delegates left. Then, on June 28, 1787, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin spoke and shortly after, the U.S. Constitution became a reality.

Franklin stated: “Groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights. … In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard and they were graciously answered. We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it’ … I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed … no better than the Builders of Babel.”

Franklin explained further: “There will always be a party for giving more to the rulers, that the rulers may be able, in return, to give more to them. All history informs us, there has been … a kind of warfare between the governing and the governed; the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. … Generally, indeed, the ruling power carries … and we see the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes, the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans, and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure.”

Franklin concluded: “There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh – get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever. It will be said that we do not propose to establish kings … but there is a natural inclination in mankind to kingly government. … They would rather have one tyrant than five hundred. It gives more of the appearance of equality among citizens; and that they like. I am apprehensive, therefore – perhaps too apprehensive – that the government of the States may, in future times, end in a monarchy … and a king will the sooner be set over us.”
A lover of money is described as having “avarice” or “covetousness” – defined having “an excessive or insatiable desire for wealth or gain.”

The Law of Moses admonished the children of Israel in Exodus 18:12 to choose leaders: “Thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness.”

Plato wrote of this in “The Republic,” 380 B.C., that government would transition from being ruled by lovers of virtue, to lovers of honor, to lovers of money: “Because they have no means of openly acquiring the money which they prize; they will spend that which is another man’s.”
• “They invent illegal modes of expenditure; for what do they or their wives care about the law?”
• “And so they grow richer and richer … the less they think of virtue … and the virtuous are dishonored. …”
• “Insatiable avarice is the ruling passion of an oligarchy . …”

Plato added of this politician: “He has … allowed the blind god of riches to lead the dance within him. …” “He will have many slavish desires, some beggarly, some knavish, breeding in his soul. …If he … has the power to defraud, he will soon prove that he is not without the will, and that his passions are only restrained by fear and not by reason.”
Harvard President Samuel Langdon stated in his address “Government Corrupted by Vice,” May 31, 1775: “They were a sinful nation … who had forsaken the Lord; and provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger. … Everyone loved gifts, and followed after rewards … more than the duties of their office; the general aim was at profitable places and pensions; they were influenced in everything by bribery; and their avarice and luxury were never satisfied, but hurried them on to all kinds of oppression and violence, so that they even justified and encouraged the murder of innocent persons to support their lawless power, and increase their wealth.”

Noah Webster wrote in his “History of the United States,” 1832: “When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers ‘just men who will rule in the fear of God’ … If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for the selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”

George Washington stated in his farewell address, Sept. 17, 1796: “Of fatal tendency … to put, in the place of the delegated will of the Nation, the will of a party – often a small but artful and enterprising minority. … They are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the Power of the People and to usurp for themselves the reins of Government; destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

James Madison stated at the Constitutional Convention, 1787: “All men having power ought to be distrusted.”
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