Wednesday, October 8, 2008

If You Do Not Learn From History

In light of the state of this country, I offer commentary written over 200 years ago, by the fathers of this nation.

America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.
John Quincy Adams

Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
John Adams

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
Thomas Jefferson

I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.
Thomas Jefferson

It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity.
Alexander Hamilton

I believe, and I say it is true Democratic feeling, that all the measures of the government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer.
William Henry Harrison
I have a sneaking suspicion that what we have become is not what was intended. In reading some of the transcripts of "our forefathers" leading us from the Articles of the Confederation, to the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, never intended us to enforce our democratic values on other countries against their will as had been done to us by the British Monarchy. They never intended that all citizens have the right to bear arms, and most never wanted a democratic state bur rather a democratic socialistic state. The wanted a government that takes care of it's people, and not put it's own affairs first.
Are we really living up to the standard put forth by those men?