Ageless Wisdom Of The Founders
Benjamin Franklin, apparently paraphrasing Plato, once said, “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something.”
Foolishness must be what prompted Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to kick his fellow GOP negotiators in the gut Tuesday with his announcement of a fallback plan to grant President Barack Obama the power to raise the debt limit on his own.
On June 7, 1776, the Continental Congress met at Philadelphia and received Richard Henry Lee’s resolution urging a declaration of independence from English rule. Five days later, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston were appointed to a committee to draft a declaration.
In his column this week, Patrick J. Buchanan wrote about the ignorance of today’s American schoolchildren, as revealed by the results of the National Assessment of Education Progress test. On a history test given to 31,000 pupils, most fourth-graders could not identify a picture of Abraham Lincoln or why he was important.
“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous,” George Washington once said. Unfortunately, too many of the people we elect lack this essential.
The United States government has grown into a tyrannical, fascist leviathan that is consuming everything in its sphere.
There are departments for everything under the sun, and those departments are staffed by unelected bureaucrats who are answerable to no one or nothing. Many are feckless and rude, as John Dollarhite found in his interactions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The various departments — like Energy, Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, Transportation, Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service, et al — are unConstitutional and make their own rules and regulations outside of Congress. And when they decide to use those rules to crack down on Americans, they do so with the bedside manner of a viper.
How did Thomas Jefferson view the government he helped create?
The Federal Reserve has presided over the death of the dollar, which is now in its final spiral. When the Federal Reserve opened in 1914, an ounce of gold equaled $18.99. Today, it takes more than 1,500 fiat dollars to buy that same ounce. In 2008, the banking industry became a shambles thanks to the bursting of the housing bubble, which had been created by the Fed’s easy-money policies.
In the early morning hours of April 19, 1775, about 700 British regular troops began a march toward Concord. Their goal: Round up weapons and gunpowder stored there by rebel colonists and arrest any rebel leaders they find, particularly John Hancock and Samuel Adams.
Around 1 a.m. Paul Revere arrived and informed Lexington’s captain of the militia, John Parker, that British troops were on their way. Parker called for his Minute Men and 77 arrived at the town’s green. After learning from Parker that the best-trained and best-equipped troops Britain had were on their way, the Minute Men voted to disband, lie low and do nothing to provoke the British.
Upon learning from Revere of the British march, Hancock grabbed a pistol and started to join the Minute Men. But Adams persuaded him that their capture by the British would be a major coup for Great Britain and huge loss for the rebel cause. Reluctantly, he relented. However, about four hours later, after learning the Minute Men had dispersed, Hancock met with Parker and the Minute Men who remained on the green. Shortly thereafter the drum was sounded and the Minute Men reassembled.
Continue reading to see if you have the commitment and courage of the Minute Men.
The silence of supposed Constitutional conservatives on President Barack Obama’s attacks on Libya is deafening.
While partying in South America, Obama ordered America’s military into battle. Scarcely a word was spoken to Congress beforehand. And he certainly didn’t follow Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution which puts the authority for declaring war on the Congress.
Calling it a kinetic military action doesn’t negate the fact that United State military forces are shooting at people in another country. And it’s a country that had not attacked the U.S., nor did it pose a threat.
How did James Wilson express the intention of the Founding Fathers regarding foreign entanglements?
Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) says he plans to offer up a measure that would defund United States attacks in Libya.
Good for him. If the rest of Congress intends to assume its Constitutional authority, the measure will pass. If it doesn’t, we can assume Congress has no intention of following the U.S. Constitution and the Tea Party should immediately target all members of Congress who willfully ignore the Constitution.
Article I Section 8 grants Congress the power to declare war. The Founders’ intent on that was clear according to James Madison.
There has been a lot of talk recently from political elites and pundits about “incivility” in political discourse. They talk as if this incivility is a recent phenomenon.
The protests in Wisconsin over Governor Scott Walker’s attempts to reign in government spending on its public employees’ pensions and healthcare is a prime example of the lack of civility they are talking about—though you don’t hear much about it because it’s not Tea Party activists liberty-stealing acts of government that are protesting, but union thugs trying to force their will on a governor elected to scale back government costs. But many videos posted on YouTube show protesters screaming at opponents and members of the media, with much name calling, expletives and even pushing, shoving and mild violence thrown in.
Of course, name-calling, expletives, ad hominems and physical attacks are the refuge of the ignorant. It’s a convenient fallback position for those unable or unwilling to defend their positions with facts.
It is also a common practice of the ignorant to automatically assign evil motives to a person or group expressing a counter opinion. Many reach the conclusion that any person or any group that disagrees politically or philosophically is somehow bad and intends to inflict as much harm or heartache as possible on their opponents.
Continue reading to learn Thomas Jefferson’s views of incivility in political discourse.