Saturday, December 06, 2008
From the Democrats' Founding Father . . .
Thanks to my friend Kevin, who sent the following to me this morning.
The quotes below are from none other than the late, great Thomas Jefferson. The Democrats of today like to claim him as a founding father. Well, I think they need to listen to him again. Unfortunately for the Dems, I think he'd wear an "R" behind his name he were alive today.
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
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.
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he
disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
In light of the present financial crisis, it's interesting to read what
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
I believe that 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.