posted on Aug, 15 2009 @ 05:39 AM
Since the topic of Jefferson quotes came up. Here are musings on the dangers of democracy, the dangers of confusing charity and government , and the
eventual end to those who think the economic rules of the world don't apply to them..
Thomas Jefferson has said:
Mankind soon learn to make interested uses of every right and power which they possess, or may assume. The public money and public liberty, intended
to have been deposited with three branches of magistracy, but found inadvertently to be in the hands of one only, will soon be discovered to be
sources of wealth and dominion to those who hold them; distinguished, too, by this tempting circumstance, that they are the instrument, as well as the
object of acquisition. With money we will get men, said Caesar, and with men we will get money. Nor should our assembly be deluded by the integrity of
their own purposes, and conclude that these unlimited powers will never be abused, because themselves are not disposed to abuse them. They should look
forward to a time, and that not a distant one, when a corruption in this, as in the country from which we derive our origin, will have seized the
heads of government, and be spread by them through the body of the people; when they will purchase the voices of the people, and make them pay the
When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic
Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material
abundance without character is the path of destruction.
no good government but what is republican... the very definition of a republic is 'an empire of laws, and not of men.'
Justice Louis D. Brandeis
Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are
naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of
zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
John C. Calhoun
The government of the absolute majority is but the government of the strongest interests; and when not effectively checked, is the most tyrannical and
oppressive that can be devised... [To read the Constitution is to realize that] no free system was ever farther removed from the principle that the
absolute majority, without check or limitation, ought to govern.
Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and
pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free
Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of
property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death.
Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years,
may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
H. L. Mencken in The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920
As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and
glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
That day has come.