Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Tea Party Movement and Thomas Jefferson

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA

Engaging in the process of reasoning and the often enlightened thought it brings can be a very intimidating and even threatening process. It quite often requires one to analyse not only the views of others, but also to analyse ones own {often long held} beliefs as well. The result can be, and often is, the realization that our most "sacred beliefs" can be legitimately brought into question.

I offer the words of one of America's great early thinkers. A philosopher and the third President of these United States, Thomas Jefferson.
Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear. 
 I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
 I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
Jefferson, who ought to be viewed as the forerunner of the modern day Tea Party Movement {and his words of truth above} are, I fear, being misrepresented and manipulated to serve the special moneyed business interests that have long been working at gaining control of the machinations of our government and our lives.

Just the opinion of a 21st century independent conservative.

Rational Nation USA welcomes yours!

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  1. As a Christian, I once had an instructor ask me this question: "If you learned that a verse of scripture had been mistranslated and that the proper translation would stand all of Christendom on its head; would you let that truth out, or hide it, so as not to chance destroying Christianity?"

    My reply was to tell him that if God is Truth, it would be inappropriate to worship Him in falsehood. I would let out the Truth and deal with the consequences.

    Why should we do any less with politics? Good post.

  2. Kick Lugar out of the Senate. It would be a crying shame not to do so. He's abandoned the base of his party.

    Watch him take GOP money, lose his primary and then follow in the footsteps of Crist, Murkowski, et al.

    Enough is enough. The GOP, and more importantly, this country, can't afford business as usual. We've drifted so far away from our founding principles and from common sense, people like Lugar and Danforth can't even see them anymore.

    I hear no talk of principles or concern for the health of the nation when people like Danforth make their passionate case for entrenched incumbency. It's truly disgusting.

    No Senator is too important to cut loose for rejecting Natural Law and the constraints of the constitution.

  3. Good post, Les. We conservative citizens are waking up and educating ourselves. We now realize much of what we defended from liberal attack was not free market capitalism, but crony crapitalism.

    Will GOP politicians follow suit and put an end to special favors and loophole-riddled laws? God help them if they don't.

  4. George - "Why should we do any less with politics"
    Great question. IMO we certainly shouldn't.

  5. RightKlik - "No Senator is too important to be cut loose for rejecting Natural Law and the constraints of the constitution."

    Hear Hear, a most certain truth!

  6. SilverFiddle - "We now realize much of what we defended from liberal attack was not free market capitalism, but crony crapitalism."

    And we must keep pressing this knowledge as the entrenchment of corporatism and special interests runs very deep and their tentacles wrapped well around the machinations of power.

    "Will GOP politicians follow suit and put an end to special favors and loophole-riddled laws?"

    Hate to be a pessimist but, "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely"

    Our Congress and Senate lie somewhere in the spectrum. Whether the next congress will chage that remains be seen.

    I remain cautiously hopeful.

  7. I can only imagine how different things would have been without Jefferson.


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