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"IF THIS BE SEDITION, MAKE THE MOST OF IT!" (with apologies to Patrick Henry)
All the following are quotes from James Madison:
What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed?
Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.
Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.
A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.
A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.
All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.
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.
As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.
Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.
Each generation should be made to bear its own burdens, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations.
It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.
Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
.... and in more current terms:
("The more evil, oppressive, or incompetent is a regime the more necessary for its own survival to provide its constituents with an external devil on which to blame their problems." i.e. - It's the Jews fault.... it's the fault of The Great Satan.... It's George Bush's fault)
Philosophy is common sense with big words.
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
The capacity of the female mind for studies of the highest order cannot be doubted, having been sufficiently illustrated by its works of genius, of erudition, and of science.
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 diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government.
The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.
The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right.
The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.
We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.
AND NOW FROM 84 YEARS AGO A PERFECT DESCRIPTION OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION:
The Montreal Gazette
June 10, 1926
"There are a sort of highbrow type of self-centered educated persons who form a sort of exclusive aristocracy here, there, and almost everywhere. What their education has done is to show them how little others know. They constitute an uppish class that sometimes mistakes itself for an upper class, and is proud to be known as highbrow, and as a highbrow is a degeneraic intellectual aristocrat who is the product of an education that should have made him a liberal.
But it has not done so. Rather it shows that much learning can be accompanied by bad training, and illustrates and old conclusion that the most learned are not necessarily the best learned.
Sir Robert Falconer
University of Toronto
“A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 BC
Could there be any more accurate description of today's Liberal Progressive Democrats?
"By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation." - Edmond Burke
"The free man will ask neither what his country can do for him nor what he can do for his country." Milton Friedman
The people must also be self-assertive. They must have the spirit of the old Revolutionary War flag: "Don't tread on me!" They must be vigilant against those, at home or abroad, in or out of government, who might wish to trample on their rights. They must be courageous and manly, with a sense of honor, so that in hard times they will stand up and fight, and not slink away slavishly so as to avoid trouble and danger.
Thomas G. West and Douglas A. Jeffrey, The Rise & Decline of Constitutional Government in America
The most important moral of all is that excellence is where you find it. I would extend this generalization to cover not just higher education but all education from vocational high school to graduate school. We must learn to honor excellence, indeed to demand it in every socially accepted human activity, however humble that activity, and to scorn shoddiness, however exalted the activity. An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water. --- John William Gardner (1912 - )
Our Founding Fathers were greatly influenced by a rather lengthly treatise on the subject of freedom, The Spirit of Laws, by Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, published in 1748. You can read it for yourself at: http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=837&Itemid=27
THE 5000 YEAR LEAP:
This is a very popular book about how the USA became so prosperous and the beacon of freedom to the world. You can read it online for free at:http://www.nccs.net/5000-year-leap/_jkgFoe95jlsf4poG/
Watch a video of it at: http://adlar.com/nccs/ - (click the "start lessons" button)
Something for you to keep in mind: http://www.city-journal.org/2008/eon0423ss.html
SURPRISE! Oil and gas reserves in the US:
>>> Oil resources: http://certmapper.cr.usgs.gov/data/noga00/natl/graphic/2007/mean_conv_oil_07.pdf
>>> Gas resources: http://certmapper.cr.usgs.gov/data/noga00/natl/graphic/2008/mean-conv_gas_08.pdf
>>> Shale gas reserves: http://www.thegreensupplychain.com/images/SHALE_GAS_RESERVES.jpg
In Afghanistan the Obama Administration has enforced rules of engagement on our troops that are just plain crazy.... and are getting troops killed when they shouldn't be: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/18/AR2010061803760_pf.html
A career in medicine... or not: http://www.er-doctor.com/new_reason_to_choose_a_medical_career.html
Ayers and Weather Underground call for elimination of 25% of US population: http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/41773/
The blame game: http://www.onemansperspective.com/Blame.html
The stimulus bill - a look back: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2184869/posts
This is what we have..... but the Obama Administration has said we don't need: http://pajamasmedia.com/vodkapundit/2009/07/24/unfair-at-any-price/#more-12890
Ceding Arizona to Mexico: http://marionsword.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!1B80DAF0A76159D5!3218.entry
Unfortunately it is all too believable: http://weaselzippers.us/2010/06/21/florida-senator-obama-told-me-we-cant-take-oil-skimmers-from-other-parts-of-the-country-because-they-might-need-them/
Let's tell it like it is.... the Obama Administration lied: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/68164
Confiscating private property without due process: http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/537967/201006211813/Is-US-Now-On-Slippery-Slope-To-Tyranny-.aspx
Don't forget that the new Arizona immigration law doesn't say anything that isn't already in existence in federal law: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Amid-crises_-Obama-declares-war----on-Arizona-96839529.html
Dems block bribery probe: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/dems-block-sestak-probe-97011979.html
Economic insanity: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/68201
The President's home state is now a worse credit risk than California: http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2010/06/22/is_illinois_the_new_california_98528.html
How to stimulate an economy - NOT!: http://sayanythingblog.com/entry/international-monetary-fund-concludes-that-government-spending-is-poor-economic-stimulus/
An education program that was working, and working well.... and the Obama Administration killed it: http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2009/05/08/obama-tries-flinging-more-nonsense-at-the-dc-voucher-issue/
Our Commanding General canned by a military incompetent. Sheeeesh!: http://article.nationalreview.com/436963/mcchrystal-is-not-the-problem/the-editors
Amazing! Sharia law comes to Michigan: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2010/06/026594.php
This is the area of Chicago where our Community Organizer in Chief said he improved things. Oh, really?: http://cbs2chicago.com/local/gang.violence.ATF.2.1766993.html
Dems considering still more cuts in Medicaid: http://www.nationaljournal.com/congressdaily/ecp_20100623_8206.php
White males need not apply: http://www.amren.com/mtnews/archives/2010/06/city_of_seattle.php
More incompetence: http://www.bluesunproperties.com/blog/obama-turns-away-gulf-spill-aid/
Sadly for us Obama is becoming more and more irrelevant on the international scene: http://money.cnn.com/2010/06/23/news/economy/g20.agenda.fortune/index.htm
"No border security until amnesy for illegals is passed" - Barack Obama: http://action.afa.net/Blogs/BlogPost.aspx?id=2147495706
More trouble. Obama's new home mortgage programs failing miserably: http://www.frugal-cafe.com/public_html/frugal-blog/frugal-cafe-blogzone/
New Bill Gives Obama ‘Kill Switch’ To Shut Down the Internet:
Believe it or not ....: http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2010/06/wind-farms-paid.html
A mosque at "ground zero?": http://www.thepeoplescube.com/current-truth/no-mosque-at-ground-zero-protest-6-6-10-t5426.html
And this from an ultra liberal: http://www.cagle.com/working/100621/wolverton.jpg
How much do you and every member of your family owe on the national debt?
Contact your elected officials (enter your zip code in the upper right corner): http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/
Why "Come and Take It" ?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Come_and_take_it